DK Rap

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It has been requested that this article be rewritten and expanded to include more information about the differences in the Super Smash Bros. version (tagged on October 9, 2018).

The DK crew, dancing to the DK Rap

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.[1]

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.[1] 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.[citation needed] 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.


So they're finally here, performing for you
If you know the words, you can join in too
Put your hands together, if you want to clap
As we take you through this monkey rap

DK! Donkey Kong!!

He's the leader of the bunch, you know him well
He's finally back to kick some tail
His Coconut Gun can fire in spurts
If he shoots ya, it's gonna hurt
He's bigger, faster, and stronger too
He's the first member of the DK crew

DK! Donkey Kong!
DK! Donkey Kong is here!

This Kong's got style, so listen up dudes
She can shrink in size, to suit her mood
She's quick and nimble when she needs to be
She can float through the air and climb up trees
If you choose her, you'll not choose wrong
With a skip and a hop, she's one cool Kong

DK! Donkey Kong!

He has no style, he has no grace
This Kong has a funny face
He can handstand when he needs to
And stretch his arms out, just for you
Inflate himself just like a balloon
This crazy Kong just digs this tune

DK! Donkey Kong!
DK! Donkey Kong is here!

He's back again and about time too
And this time he's in the mood
He can fly real high with his jetpack on
With his pistols out, he's one tough Kong
He'll make you smile when he plays his tune
But Kremlings beware 'cause he's after you

DK! Donkey Kong!

Finally, he's here for you
It's the last member of the DK crew
This Kong's so strong, it isn't funny
Can make a Kremling cry out for mummy
Can pick up a boulder with relative ease
Makes crushing rocks seem such a breeze
He may move slow, he can't jump high
But this Kong's one hell of a guy

C'mon Cranky, take it to the fridge!

Walnuts, peanuts, pineapple smells
Grapes, melons, oranges and coconut shells
Ahh yeah!!



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