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Theme Tune Rap

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Austin: Well, that's it for today. Let's wrap it up.
Adam and Reed: Rap! He said rap! Let's hit it!

Yo, peeps!

So you got a new show,
And it's totally hip,
Then you need a Theme Tune,
That's a total mind trip
Down Iambic Boulevard,
And Expository Lane,
It's the Theme Tune Rap,
TV Tropin' is the game!




Live-Action TV


  • "Boom!", the first song on the soundtrack for Deadpool, is sung from the title character's perspective and crosses over with Bragging Theme Tune.


Professional Wrestling


  • 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.
  • The theme tune to the radio verison of The Lenny Henry Show, in which he raps about his career to date:
    Lenny: It was 1975, I was just seventeen,
    Started off with impressions, d'you know what I mean?
    Moved on to the clubs with a handful of jokes,
    Going up and down the country saying "Great to be here, folks!"
    Then I got my own show, it was on the TV,
    There weren't a lot of people there who looked like me.
    Now I've got a brand new thing, it's going to be a big hit,
    I've just got one question: What am I going to call it?
    Singer: It's The Lenny Henry Show.
    Lenny: Yeah, but where's it going to be, man?
    Singer: On the ra-di-o-o-o.
    Lenny: Good idea, let's do that!

Video Games

Western Animation

  • Hey, paisanos! It's 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 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...
  • Young 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 Garfield and 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.)
  • Filmation's The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse, Heckle and Jeckle, and Quackula sort of does this.
  • Another sort of example is Dynomutt, Dog Wonder.
  • Gilligan's Planet (another Filmation production) does this.
  • "Deep, deep in the forest, far away from everywhere, live a bunch of mighty little critters. They're called the Paw Paw Bears!..."
  • Yogi's Treasure Hunt, which aired on the same block as Paw Paws.note  Moreover, the block itself even used an instrumental version of this show's theme (aside from the singers singing "Fun-tastic!") for the block's first three seasons.
  • The theme song from the second season of Shirt Tales has the first line sung, but the rest of the song as this trope.
  • Da Boom Crew has one that sounds suspiciously similar to Sean Combs' cover of Led Zeppelin's "Come With Me"
  • Wild C.A.T.s (1994) theme starts off as an upbeat rock song, then transitions into a rap and then back into rock again.
  • Trollkins, another Hanna-Barbera series has this done in certain parts of its theme.
  • "It's The Nutshack. It's The Nutshack."
  • Gotta get back, back to the past Samurai Jack! Watch out! 

We out, PEACE!

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Pirate Rap

The first official English dub of One Piece by 4Kids Entertainment (in)famously changed the original "We Are!" opening to an expository rap.

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