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Theme Tune Rap
: Well, that's it for today. Let's wrap it up. Adam and Reed
: Rap! He said rap! Let's hit it!
— The Reduced Shakespeare Radio Show
So you got a new show,
And it's totally hip
Then you need a Theme Tune
That's a total mind trip
It's the Theme Tune Rap
TV Tropin' is the game! UHHH!!
- Machine Robo Battle Hackers' intro is one of these.
- Pokémon had a couple of these. The "GS Pokerap" was co-opted for the Pokemon Chronicles opening. More recently, TAJ made their own rap Ending Theme for the last couple of seasons and the Season 10 Opening Theme.
- One Piece in the 4Kids dub is a(n in)famous example. "Yo ho ho, he took a bite of gum gum!"
- FUNimation gave Dragon Ball GT a rap theme song in its initial release, to cater to the Periphery Demographic of young black teens. When they went back and rereleased the series with an English dub track containing the original Japanese score, this was replaced with an English version of "Dan Dan Kokoro Hikareteru" sung by Vic Mignogna.
- Tenjou Tenge has the unfortunate luck of having an opening theme that sounds a bit too much like a 4Kids opening.
- The intro of Samurai Champloo is one of the few well-received examples, which comes as no surprise seeing as the integration of hip hop was the entire premise of the series.
- Bakuretsu Tenshi.
- Bleach's 1st OP
- Naruto Shippuden's 1st OP.
- A rather odd example: Naruto's German opening is a rap in English, which is also a Title Theme Tune.
- Goku Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei had a remixed version of Kuusou Rumba that overlayed some of the original song with hip-hop. Some fans of the series consider this to be better than the original version of the song or any of the other remixes.
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann's main theme wasn't a rap song, but the song used as the Dai-Gurren Brigade's theme is. The full title is "Rappu wa Kan no Tamashii da! Muri o Toshite Dori o Kettobasu! Ore-tachi Dai-Guren-dan no Tema o Mimi no Ana Kappojite Yo~ku Kikiyagare!!", which roughly translated means "Rap is a Man's Soul! We Kick Reason to the Curb to Make the Impossible Possible! Open up Your Ears and Listen to Our Team Dai-Gurren Theme!!", better known as Raw Raw Fight The Power.
- CALLING ALL SPI-DAH RI-DAHHHHHHS!!! Let's ride.
- The Reduced Shakespeare Company Radio Show has several humorously Totally Radical raps performed by "three white boys ripping off black culture" (as the company calls themselves), including their notorious rap version of Othello.
- Hey, paisanos! It's the The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
We're the Mario brothers and plumbin's our game!
We're not like the others who get all the fame!
If your sink is in trouble you can call us on the double!
We're faster than the others, you'll be hooked on the brothers!
- The last season of Garfield and Friends replaced the theme with one of these. The DVD release pretends it didn't.
- The Boondocks. The animation style in Boondocks was also influenced by Samurai Champloo. Of course, it probably would've had one even if it wasn't...
- Yo, Danny Fenton, he was just fourteen, when his parents built a very strange machine...
- Yin Yang Yo. Yo.
- The latest George of the Jungle cartoon featured a hip hop theme song.
- Parodied on The Simpsons when the family went to see an Anachronism Stew So Bad, It's Good (at least to Bart) Zorro movie.
From the "Z" to the "O" to the double "R" "O"
He's the dude in the mask from the barrio.
With his horse and his mask and his big old sword
He'll cut your butt from a '52 Ford.
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force...number one in the hood, G.
- The new version of the classic Transformers theme for Transformers Cybertron had a hint of this to it.
- The BOTS Master opened with one.
- Static Shock All over the place, even the villains had their own original rap tunes.
- Hammerman has one by MC Hammer himself.
- As did Kid 'N Play, naturally. Though in this case, they simply used their hit track "Rollin' with Kid 'N' Play".
- The Captain Planet closing theme. Go planet!
- The "Little Shop" cartoon has one. Performed by the plant. If your previous knowledge of "Little Shop of Horrors" comes from the movies and the stage musical, in which the plant constantly eats characters while screaming for blood, it's really quite alarming.
Alright, it's time for me to bust a rhyme!
Sit back and chill for a while,
I'm comin' at ya, like toon-style,
So get ready for a funny-bone overload at the Little Shop!
- The end credits to the Family Guy episode "Peter Griffin: Husband, Father...Brother?" has Peter performing a rap remix of the theme song, complete with black backup singers.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) uses this kind of theme - essentially a hip-hop update of the theme to the 1987 cartoon. Prior to that, the third opening to the Japanese dub of the 2003 cartoon, "Everybody", also included quite a lot of rapping.
- In the 7th (and final) season of Garfieldand Friends, an upbeat rap-based theme song was used, sung by J.R. Johnston. (The theme song was disliked by many Garfield fans, so it was replaced with "We're Ready to Party" on DVD, although Garfield's original quotations are kept intact.)
We out, PEACE!