Throughout the years, hip-hop’s involvement in mainstream entertainment has grown to make the genre an undeniable force.The genre has proven itself as a mainstay in the musical landscape, proving its everlasting power.The movie industry has used hip hop music to help catapult their movies into pop culture. The latest example of this is the forthcoming film, “The Lego Batman Movie,” which cleverly uses Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow” as it’s theme song. In anticipation film’s February 10th release, let’s take a look at some of the biggest hip-hop songs that influenced and enhanced some of your favorite movies.
“Ghostbusters II” (1989)
Song: Run DMC – “Ghostbusters”
“Who you gonna call” Ghostbusters!” Run DMC’s famous lyrics used for the “Ghostbusters” sequel is undeniably one of the most recognizable parts of the film dynasty. The movie hit theaters on June 16, 1989, and became the eighth-highest-grossing film of that! Maybe part of the reason was the dope incorporation of Run DMC on the track, where their ‘Ghostbusters’ song hit the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100!
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” (1991)
Song: Vanilla Ice – “Ninja Ice”
“Teenage Mutant Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze” debuted #1 at the box office when it was released on March 22, 1991, and Vanilla Ice made an appearance in the film performing his famous turtle themed “Ninja Rap,” which was considered one of the soundtrack’s top hit!
Song: Eric B & Rakim – “Juice”
Tupac Shakur, Omar Epps, Jermaine Hopkins, Khalil Kain, and Samuel L. Jackson – an all-star cast starring in the 1992 all-star film, “Juice”. The hip-hop film that turned 25 this week follows the lives of young teens growing up in Harlem, which was accompanied by a telling theme song, with the same name “Juice (Know the Ledge)” by Eric B. & Rakim, brilliantly referencing the pursuit of happiness and power.
“Batman Forever” (1995)
Song: Method Man – “The Riddler”
When “Batman Forever” was released in 1995, a new villain emerged on the scene, The Riddler. The character played by Jim Carey caused so much havoc for Bruce Wayne that he earned his very own theme song, performed by none other than the M-E-T-H-O-D Man. Named after the villain himself, the song follows how the tricky Riddler schemes throughout the movie while “Searching for the Dark Knight.”
Song: DMX, Nas, Method Man, Ja Rule – “Grand Finale”
Sure, most fans of Belly think of Sean Paul’s “Here Comes The Boom” when they think of this cult classic film, but when the film’s stars DMX, Nas and Method Man teamed up with Ja Rule for the film’s soundtrack it was magic. The film about Tommy (DMX) and Sincere’s (Nas) life of crime and look to spirituality as a means to an end. “Grande Finale” merges all the highs and lows of the film into one action packed homie track.
“Charlie’s Angels” (2000)
Song: Destiny’s Child – “Independent Woman Pt. 1”
“All my women independent. Throw your hands up at me!” At the turn of the century, crime fighting had an entirely new meaning when the gorgeous trio tech-savvy women, Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, and Drew Barrymore, hit the scene in “Charlie’s Angels.” And such powerful angels call for a powerful singing group, landing none other than the beloved Destiny’s Child as part of the soundtrack! “Independent Woman Pt.1” topped charts in the early 2000s, whose music video comprised of kickass clips of the angels calling the shots and taking numbers!
“The Man With The Iron Fists” (2012)
Song: Wu-Tang Clan and Kool G Rap – “Rivers of Blood”
Wu-Tang Clan and Kool G Rap came together to release “Rivers of Blood” for fellow rapper RZA’s directorial debut “The Man With the Iron Fists.” The film, released on November 2, 2012, tells the story of warriors that must unite and fight together in order to save their home.
Song: Salt N Peppa – “Shoop”
2016’s “Deadpool” broke records at the box office, and we can’t help but wonder if the popular songs in the trailer helped to do so! Marvel’s anti-hero was caught grooving to the sounds of Salt-N-Pepa in their classic hit “Shoop.” The use of the song in the film brought the 90’s hit back on the charts, reaching the 19th spot on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop digital downloads!
“Suicide Squad” (2016)
Song: Rick Ross x Skrillex – “Purple Lamborghini”
The tables are turned in 2016’s “Suicide Squad,” where infamous super villains had to work as a team to defeat an even bigger evil. In the film, The Joker is spotted riding around in a flashy Lamborghini wrapped in one of his signature colors, purple. And what’s more fitting than a fire collab between Rick Ross and DJ Skrillex in their hit single, “Purple Lamborghini.”
“Lego Batman” (2017)
Song: Wiz Khalifa – “Black and Yellow”
What happens when you combine the infamous dark knight with everyone’s favorite construction toy? None other than the much-anticipated “Lego Batman!” This year, Batman is taking over Gotham City in lego form, and he’s bringing the high-energy rapper, Wiz Khalifa, along with him for a fitting theme song of “Black and Yellow!”