The “Ninja Rap” scene from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze continues to be a memorable moment in the franchise’s history. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have always had a strong connection to hip hop culture, with rap songs appearing in various adaptations of the franchise. Notable artists like LL Cool J and Kendrick Lamar have referenced the Ninja Turtles in their music, further solidifying the link between the turtles and hip hop.
Cartoon Style: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dance
Recently, artist !CHRiS! Jones shared new art on Twitter that recreates the iconic “Ninja Rap” scene from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze. The art is drawn in the style of the 1987 animated series and combines two different eras of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.
The “Ninja Rap” scene is just one of the many memorable moments in the history of the Ninja Turtles franchise. The newest animated film adaptation, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, even includes the song as an Easter egg for longtime fans. However, “Ninja Rap” is not the only rap song that the turtles have grooved to. Throughout the franchise’s long history, rap songs have been incorporated into multiple adaptations. The first live-action film from 1990 featured multiple rap songs, including Partners In Kryme’s “Turtle Power.” The animated series on Nickelodeon in 2012 reworked the theme song from the 1987 series into a rap track.
The connection between the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and hip hop has not been one-sided. Many artists from the hip hop world have embraced the turtles in their lyrics. LL Cool J mentioned the turtles in his track “Milky Cereal,” and Boosie referenced them in “Wipe Me Down.” Kendrick Lamar even named a track on his album good kid, m.A.A.d city “Sherane a.k.a Master Splinter’s Daughter,” a reference to the turtles’ adoptive father and martial arts trainer.
With the recent release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, the connection between the turtles and the hip hop world could deepen even further. The film has revitalized interest in the franchise and garnered praise from both critics and audiences. The continued popularity and relevancy of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise speak to its enduring appeal and its ability to resonate with fans of all ages.