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Awesome Rap

Snoop Dogg Says His Name

Snoop Dogg Says His Name

So you don’t forget his name, Snoop Dogg likes to mention it in some of his songs. Helping to drive that point home even harder, There I Ruined It edited together clips of The Artist Formerly Known as Snoop Lion rapping his name over and over again for a solid minute.

Chinese Man: Too Late

Chinese Man: Too Late

We’re lovestruck by Patator’s animated music video for French trip-hop group Chinese Man’s poetic track Too Late. The stop-motion clip drops us into a magical world where horses breakdance and scratch records and storied lives play out on a human-sized hamster wheel.

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The Human Drum Machine

The Human Drum Machine

The drum parts in rap and dance tracks are often performed using drum machines or samples. Groveman Drums has mastered the art of playing these rhythms live on his drum kit. His versions of Run D.M.C.’s Peter Piper, Salt N Pepa’s Push It, and Missy Elliot’s Work It are as stellar. There’s also compilation of some of his other performances.

Beast Reality: Merry Muthaf*#%in’ Xmas

Beast Reality: Merry Muthaf*#%in’ Xmas

(PG-13: Language) “I’ma give you my North Pole like you’re Missus Claus.” MC Spotz, Killah C, Dr. Shellz, and Xzibit bring the cheer with a special Christmas gift that deserves a place on your holiday playlist alongside Dick in a Box. We’re looking forward to carolers singing this tune outside our front door.

DJ Cummerbund: I Teach Sins, Not Dougies

DJ Cummerbund: I Teach Sins, Not Dougies

(PG-13: Language) If Cali Swag District and Panic! At The Disco performed with Enrique Iglesias, The Bee Gees, Men Without Hats, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, David Bowie, C+C Music Factory, and Walk the Moon, they might sound something like this dance track from DJ Cummerbund. So pour the champagne… all we need is a beat that’s super-bumpin’.

Cypress Hill: Tiny Desk Concert

Cypress Hill: Tiny Desk Concert

(PG-13: Language) When the sh*t goes down, you betta be ready. B-Real, Sen Dog, and the rest of the Cypress Hill gang stopped by the NPR Music offices to celebrate 50 years of hip hop. Their 30-minute, brass-heavy mini-concert includes razor-sharp performances of Hand on the Pump, How I Could Just Kill a Man, (Rap) Superstar, and Insane in the Brain.

Me and Coolio Down by the Schoolyard

Me and Coolio Down by the Schoolyard

DJ Cummerbund is at it again, making musical remixes that should make no sense yet work brilliantly. This time, he took Paul Simon’s Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard and replaced Julio with Coolio. Funny enough, Simon’s original music video starts with a rap by Big Daddy Kane and Biz Markie.

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Joey Valence and Brae: Hooligang

Joey Valence and Brae: Hooligang

Rap duo Joey Valence and Brae have a sound much like the Beastie Boys. But it’s their intentionally lo-fi music video that got our attention. Their goal was simple – shoot it from the worst camera angles. It’s mostly a 360º camera view that they didn’t convert to VR. They took a similar approach for Watch Yo Step. (Thanks, Rob!)

The Eggplant Rap

The Eggplant Rap

After an attempt to sell jars of candied eggplant, a group of grandmas from the Greek isle of Crete decide it’s time to market to a broader audience. So they put their heads together and made a rap video about living the eggplant (aka aubergine) life. Watch with captions on.

An Hour of Bardcore Eminem

An Hour of Bardcore Eminem

Eminem achieved most of his popularity in the early 21st century. But what if he started making hits back in medieval times? Beedle The Bardcore has the answer with this hour-long, 13th-century performance of Slim Shady’s greatest hits including Lose Yourself, Without Me, Stan, Smack That, and Ass Like That.

DJ Cummerbund: Dirt Shoulders

DJ Cummerbund: Dirt Shoulders

(PG-13: Lyrics) Brooklyn meets Oslo in DJ Cummerbund’s mashup of Jay-Z’s Dirt Off Your Shoulder and A-ha’s Take on Me. Beyoncé, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Marvin Gaye, and Randy “Macho Man” Savage help round out the track.

Straight Outta Bavaria

Straight Outta Bavaria

There I Ruined It transform’s N.W.A.’s West Coast rap anthem into a West German polka anthem, trading blunts for beers, Los Angeles for lederhosen, AKs for accordions, and adding an unwanted oompah band sound to Straight Outta Compton.

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The Dune Song

The Dune Song

“Warner’s wouldn’t send a screener… so I’ve only seen the trailer.” Sweetlegs presents a rap song about Denis Villeneuve’s much-anticipated and frequently-delayed adaptation of Dune, and reminds us that fear is the mind-killer when it comes to trying to figure out if it’s going to be good or not before it comes out.

My Prius

My Prius

(PG-13: Lyrics) Musicians Tom McGovern and A. Rob present a rap song about living large while watching their carbon footprints and saving gas money so they can spend it on gold chains. My Prius celebrates Toyota’s fuel-sipping hybrid, and extolls the benefits it affords its owners.

Welcome to Whatever This Is

Welcome to Whatever This Is

(PG-13: Language) Musician Akintoye spits an incredible sequence of rhymes about inequality and current state of affairs after years of oppression. His rapid-fire rap gets faster and faster as it reaches its apex. In case you needed any help pronouncing his name, he’s got you covered.

More Dunkey More Problems

More Dunkey More Problems

Videogamedunkey presents the debut single off of his fictitious album “Yo Peter, pass me the meatballs.” The prolific video game reviewer offers up a rap about his mad YouTube and gaming skillz set to the tune of The Notorious B.I.G.’s Mo Money Mo Problems, which itself is set to the tune of Diana Ross’ I’m Coming Out.

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