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Gratuitous Rap

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What better way to commemorate the lives lost in one of the world's maritime tragedies than through the use of a rapping dog?

"You know there's something you should know, so I'm gonna tell you so! Don't sweat it! Forget it! Enjoy the show!"
Fritz, opening the "Party Time" number in Titanic: The Legend Goes On

Basically, things like characters performing brief rap numbers in stories where it isn't the primary subject.

Compare Piss Take Rap and A Wild Rapper Appears!. Not to be confused with Gratuitous Rape.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Gintama: Katsura and his "Katsurap." Even more gratuitous are the recaps for the Thorny Boys arc.
  • That one episode of Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo with the roller coaster.
  • DEVILMAN crybaby has a few scenes where a gang of delinquents does freestyle raps about current events or about society. Though the raps are rather good, given that the voice actors of the delinquents are real-life rappers.
  • All versions of the ending theme Marukaite Chikyuu of Axis Powers Hetalia anime contain rap sections, even for characters like Japan whom you'll not expect to rap.
  • Killer B from Naruto has a tendancy of doing this, even when others say it's not all that good.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Ringmaster in the Doctor Who serial "The Greatest Show in the Galaxy".
  • Degrassi Junior High constantly. The worst was Rick's environmental rap.
  • Champion ice skater Katerina Witt suddenly and bizarrely breaks into a full-on rap during one of the Christmas TV specials she made in the early '90s.

  • Each of the stiffs do this in Class of 1812 whenever they are dug up.

    Theme Parks 

    Video Games 

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 
  • Minion Comics features a Teddy Ruxpin-esque stuffed turtle singing a rap song entitled "Punch Your Bitch In The Mouth" advising schoolchildren about how to treat their girlfriends.
  • Homestuck, with GameBro, which doesn't seem to have any specific character performing it, but is a rap about an obscure plot element that resurfaces a negligible amount of times in the massive comic.

    Web Original 
  • Commentary! The Musical, "Neil's Turn": in the middle of a song he suddenly starts rapping.
    I'll charm the chicks (Are those real? Ha!)
    Do magic tricks (Was it the three of spades? Ho!)
    Lay down some tap
    And I can rap
    My name is Neil and I'm here to say, [random rapping noises]
    No I can't rap
    That was painful...

    Western Animation 


Video Example(s):


Periodic Table Rap

Lisa does a wicked rap about her science.

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