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The DK Rap, also known as the Monkey Rap, is a rap song about Donkey Kong and his friends, which plays during the introduction of the game Donkey Kong 64. It was written by Grant Kirkhope. In Donkey Kong 64, it was performed by George Andreas and Chris Sutherland.
The rap begins with Cranky Kong's hands mixing records on a turntable. The sequence then cuts to the five playable Kongs in a group; Chunky Kong is wearing a 1970s-era disco outfit, only to rush offscreen and change into his regular outfit. Throughout the rap, each Kong is introduced in this order: DK, Tiny, Lanky, Diddy, and Chunky. It explains each Kong's unique traits varying from their abilities, weapons, and instruments. In each of the Kong's verses, a different instrument can be heard; DK's is a harmonica (or trumpets/horns), Tiny's is a saxophone, Lanky's is a trombone, Diddy's is a guitar, and Chunky's is a timpani. Near the end of the rap, Cranky starts to "take it to the fridge". An audience can be heard giving the five playable Kongs a standing ovation before Klump throws a grenade to the screen, ending the rap.
The DK Rap returned in Super Smash Bros. Melee (performed here by James W. Norwood Jr.), where it became the musical score for the Kongo Jungle level. The third and fifth verses describing Tiny Kong and Diddy Kong were sung faster, and the word "hell" was replaced by "heck". The Melee version was also used in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, now in the Jungle Japes stage. One must first find the CD and select the song in My Music in order to access it. It was used again in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U as the reward for getting a chain of 200 in Trophy Rush as Donkey Kong, but only the verses for Donkey Kong, Tiny Kong and Diddy Kong are featured, cutting the length down to just under two minutes. It appears in the Jungle Hijinxs stage. The Melee version reappears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, being able to be played on any Donkey Kong stage.
The DK Rap is also reused in Donkey Konga, as one of the game's many songs.
In the Game Boy Advance remake of Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, after Diddy completes the Funky's Flights mission "Cool Sounds" by finding and bringing Funky Kong's lost boombox back to him, he will say he can now get back to listening to the DK Rap all day long.
In the lyrics of the song, the Kong's abilities, strengths and weaknesses are described to the player. However, there are some false statements throughout the rap. During the line about Tiny which says that "She can float through the air and climb up trees", Tiny is shown climbing up one of the two thick palm trees; although while playing the game in Adventure Mode, only Chunky can climb thick palm trees while using his Hunky Chunky ability. Aside from Donkey Kong being described and "bigger" and "stronger", he was also described as "faster", despite that he is the second slowest character in the game behind Chunky, due to his heavy weight.
The DK Rap is very well-known for its "so bad it's good" rapping and lyrics -- an intentional stylistic choice on Kirkhope's part. The line "His coconut gun can fire in spurts. If he shoots ya, it's gonna hurt!" was once voted as the fourth worst line in a video game ever by the magazine Electric Gaming Monthly in January, 2002. The song is heavily associated with the Donkey Kong franchise and with Rareware in general; many years later, Kirkhope wrote the "Yooka-Laylee Rap" for the game Yooka-Laylee as a homage to the DK Rap.