List of Mario references in music

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This article is about references to the Mario games in music. For official music of the Mario franchise, see List of albums.

Due to the popularity of the Mario franchise, the games have been referenced numerous times in popular songs.

ASAP Ferg[edit]

Perfume[edit]

ASAP Ferg's debut mixtape includes this song, with the line, "And I click like Donkey Kong when I hit this long".

ASAP Mob[edit]

Young N***a Living[edit]

The instrumental to this track from their debut album incorporates a sound clip of Yoshi dying from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.

Alessia Cara[edit]

Nintendo Game[edit]

The song features references to actions commonly used in Nintendo games, featuring the line, "All the trash talk is getting old, I'd rather try my hand at Rainbow Road".

Alestorm[edit]

The cover art for Alestorm's Curse of the Crystal Coconut

The title of Alestorm's sixth studio album, Curse of the Crystal Coconut, is inspired by the Donkey Kong franchise.[1] One of the album's tracks is a cover of "Pirate Scorn" from the Donkey Kong Country television series. Additionally, the album's cover art features several references to the Donkey Kong franchise, such as an eponymous Crystal Coconut from Donkey Kong 64, the skeletal remains of a gorilla wearing a red tie, a floating DK Coin, and several Klomps from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest, as well as generic Donkey Kong motifs such as bananas and barrels, including a TNT Barrel.

Alex Day[edit]

I Hate Mario Kart Wii[edit]

From Alex Day's 117% Complete single, Alex Day describes his hatred for Mario Kart Wii and explains what happens as the race he is playing is progressing. The song can be listened to here.

Allison[edit]

Super Mario Bros.[edit]

A remake of the Super Mario Bros. 3 theme by Taller Para Niños.

Apathy[edit]

Can't Leave Rap Alone[edit]

This song features this line from fellow rapper Celph Titled: "I'm like Donkey Kong, I got you niggas dodgin' my barrels".

Ashnikko[edit]

STUPID[edit]

The song "STUPID" by Ashnikko, featuring Baby Tate, features Ashnikko saying the line, "I'm sweet, then I'm sour, I'm big boss Bowser".

Asher Roth[edit]

Lark On My Go-Kart[edit]

Asher Roth raps, "Mario Kart skills are outrageous," in this song from his first album.

B1A4[edit]

What's Going On? Why?[edit]

In the music video for South Korean boy band B1A4's Japanese single What's Going On? Why?, member Gongchan's set is directly based on the Super Mario series.

Baby Keem[edit]

France Freestyle[edit]

On the song "France Freestyle" by Baby Keem, from his second mixtape, Die For My Bitch, he says the line "beat the box like Bowser".

Bad Meets Evil[edit]

I'm On Everything[edit]

The song, by hip-hop duo, Bad Meets Evil (composed of Eminem and Royce da 5'9"), references Mario in the line "Me and visions on 'shrooms, call us the Mario Brothers".

Big Gigantic[edit]

Just the Same[edit]

This song by EDM, hip hop and jazz production duo Big Gigantic features guest vocals by rappers Vic Mensa and Mick Jenkins, with Vic Mensa's verse featuring the line "States attorneys jump on n**gas heads like Mario".

Big K.R.I.T.[edit]

Remember the Titans[edit]

This freestyle has the line, "Obstacles? I throw and jump over like I'm Mario".

Big Sean[edit]

Rollin'[edit]

This song from Big Sean's mixtape UKNOWBIGSEAN features the line, "Motherfuckers walking in with shrooms, now I'm finna feel like Mario".

Ashley[edit]

On the song "Ashley", featuring singer Miguel, Big Sean in the second verse says the following lines: "It's been weird since I went out west and did an album with no I.D and ain't came back since". This was followed by a sample of Mario grunting from Super Mario 64.

Jump Out the Window[edit]

Big Sean has a line in the first verse in the song in which he recalls, "Remember when you used to though and hit the Mario Kart / And you always picked the princess."

Belmont[edit]

Bowser's Mixtape and Bowser's Castle[edit]

Cover to Bowser's Mixtape.

In 2021, the band Belmont released a mixtape titled Bowser's Mixtape after the first song in the tracklisting, "Bowser's Castle". The song was later included in the 2022 single release of "Parasitic", which was comprised of three different songs, "Bowser's Castle" being one of them.

Blood on the Dance Floor[edit]

It's On Like Donkey Kong[edit]

The song title mentions Donkey Kong's name, and the phrase itself is repeated throughout the chorus.

BTS[edit]

War of Hormone[edit]

The song features the coin and power-up sound effects from Super Mario Bros..

Buckner & Garcia[edit]

Do the Donkey Kong[edit]

The song debuted in the 1982 album, Pac-Man Fever. The song was later released as a single in May 1982. The song is based the Donkey Kong arcade game and features many of the game's sound effects as well as some of the in-game music.

Cardi B[edit]

I Like It[edit]

During the first verse, Cardi B raps "'Bout my coins like Mario!"

Chamillionaire[edit]

Rapper Chamillionaire's nick name is Koopa or King Koopa, and occasionally in songs he introduces himself as such. He has also been referred to as such by fellow rappers such as in the song "Knockin Doorz Down" by Pimp C.

Game Gonna Cost a Fee[edit]

In the song "Game Gonna Cost a Fee" it is mentioned that "I ride with bananas and shells like Mario and Luigi", "bananas" and "shells" referring (respectively) to banana clips and shotgun shells.

Chance the Rapper[edit]

All Day Long[edit]

The song "All Day Long" from Chance the Rapper's debut studio album, The Big Day, has the line "But that boy advance gotta be bigger than Diddy Kong".

Charli XCX[edit]

English singer Charli XCX has officially collaborated with Nintendo to release "We Are Born to Play", a theme song for Super Nintendo World.

Boys[edit]

On the song "Boys" by Charli XCX, a modified version of the Super Mario Bros. coin effect sound is looped throughout the track's instrumental.

Chiddy Bang[edit]

Here we Go[edit]

This song on the album The Preview features the line, "And I love this game like Mario, but my flow is just like cardio".

Childish Gambino[edit]

American Royalty[edit]

A line in this song states he has "balls like Bowser".

Eat Your Vegetables[edit]

The instrumental to this song samples "Aquatic Ambience," the music for the underwater levels in Donkey Kong Country.

Heartbeat[edit]

The song's second verse features the line, "Asking him if she wanna play games with the Super Smash Brothers, but none of them you".

Chris Webby[edit]

Roll[edit]

This rap song features the line "Donkey Kong in the flesh like the ape loose".

Danny Brown[edit]

Greatest Rapper Ever[edit]

The intro track from Danny Brown's debut album, The Hybrid, includes the lines "hit the head, Mario" and "I gave her that Yoshi".

Das Racist[edit]

Rainbow in the Dark[edit]

Kool A.D.'s verse includes the line, "Like Don King playing Donkey Kong Country at his cousin's house".

deadmau5[edit]

On his performance during The Game Awards 2015, the Canadian artist included remixed versions of The Evil King Bowser and Haunted House BGM from Super Mario World.

Denzel Curry[edit]

Envy Me[edit]

Florida rapper, Denzel Curry, includes the line "I'm shroomed out my mental like Mario Bros." in this song.

SPACEGHOSTPUSSY (RIP YAMS)[edit]

This diss track by Denzel Curry features a guest verse from Ski Mask the Slump God who says the line: "Princess Peach jewelry my bitch".

Pyro (2019 Leak)[edit]

In this track from his collaboration EP with producer Kenny Beats, he says the line "Fire flows like I'm red and white Mario" in reference to Mario's Fire Mario ability from the original Super Mario Bros..

DJ RPM[edit]

Flicka Da Wrist[edit]

This track produced by producer DJ RPM features rapper Kevin Gates, with Gates saying the line, "Jumping and dodging the fence like I'm Mario".

DJ Scheme[edit]

E-ER[edit]

DJ Scheme is a hip hop producer, and member of the hip hop collective Members Only. His debut album, FAMILY, features this song which features Ski Mask the Slump God, Danny Towers and Lil Yachty. Ski Mask the Slump God's verse features the lines, "On the patio fucking Princess's peach, Mario / Yellow Louis V overalls on me, look like Wario".

Drake[edit]

6 God[edit]

The instrumental to this song samples the "Haunted Chase" track from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.

Drakeo the Ruler[edit]

Out the Slums[edit]

On the song "Out the Slums" by the late rapper Drakeo the Ruler, guest feature 03 Greedo raps the lines, "Nintendo Switch on this handheld / Mario Kart, watch the tail slide out".

Dunderpatrullen[edit]

Touch Fuzzy, Get Dizzy[edit]

The song's title references the level of the same name from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.

Eminem[edit]

Despicable (Freestyle)[edit]

In "Despicable" (Freestyle) rap by Eminem (which was originally a song by Drake), Eminem mentions the lines "the game I just about conquered it like Donkey Kong".

Rap God[edit]

In the official music video, a scene displays a TV screen playing the original Super Mario Bros., albeit modified to avoid copyright.

Tone Deaf[edit]

In this song exclusive to the deluxe edition of the album Music To Be Murdered By, Eminem says in the first verse, "Stuck inside of a Mario Kart race duckin' saw blades". Additionally, in the official lyric video, silhouettes of Eminem driving in Mario Kart-like vehicles are displayed on screen when said line is rapped.

Epic Rap Battles of History[edit]

Mario Bros vs Wright Bros.[edit]

Youtube channel, Epic Rap Battles of History, created a video rap battle with Mario and Luigi battling the Wright Bros. Princess Peach and Donkey Kong are mentioned once each, with a line stating: "Your princess is in our castle now, yeah she's gone, cause stayed up all night playing Donkey Kong".

Far East Movement[edit]

Rocketeer[edit]

One line in the middle of "Rocketeer" is "We're on some next level, Super Mario."

Fetty Wap[edit]

Yoshi[edit]

The thirteenth song off Fetty Wap's second major studio album is titled "Yoshi", after the Mario character.

Flatbush Zombies[edit]

The Results Are In[edit]

This song contains a sample of Yoshi saying his name, after the line "No chain on, gold teeth, blowing Yoshi".

Freezepop[edit]

I Am Not Your Gameboy[edit]

The song is told from a Game Boy's point of view asking the listener not to insert games such as Tetris, Donkey Kong, Super Mario and other Game Boy games.

He Is Legend[edit]

The Seduction[edit]

Towards the end, there is the line "I've got to find the princess, she's in another castle".

Hobo Johnson[edit]

Mario & Link[edit]

"Mario & Link" uses sound effects from various video games, including Mario games, and directly samples Peach's dialogue from the end of Super Mario 64. It begins with the lines: "Hello there, uh, it's Frank and this song is dedicated to Mario and Link due to their undying perseverance which I'm not sure I should do the same of... Mario's never getting some and Link's never getting some so why should princesses love me?"

Horse the Band[edit]

Birdo[edit]

The song "Birdo" off Horse the Band's third album, The Mechanical Hand is loosely based off Birdo, and features electronic 8-bit sounds with an electric guitar. The song's inspiration and real meaning is mostly about the vocalist's distaste for eggs, and his traumatic childhood.

Ice Cube[edit]

Now I Gotta Wet 'Cha[edit]

The first line of the song is "It's on like Donkey Kong."[2]

Jack Harlow[edit]

Movie Star[edit]

The song "Movie Star" featuring Pharrell Williams contains the line, "You know we get that bourbon out the barrel, Diddy Kong".

J. Cole[edit]

Daddy's Little Girl[edit]

Artist J. Cole says, in the song, "You lost to lookin' for a savior, I ain't Mario".

Trouble[edit]

In this song, he says the lines, "I'm Koopa, I never been the Mario type / No saving hoes".

'95 South[edit]

The song "'95 South" (stylized "9 5 . s o u t h") contains the line: "Could put a M right on your head, you Luigi brother now". The line is a play on words referring to placing a million-dollar (M) bounty on someone's life (their head), and him alluding that to the M on Mario's cap.

Jay Rock[edit]

ES Tales[edit]

The song's instrumental has a Super Mario Bros. coin sound effect used throughout.

Jeezy[edit]

Takin' it There[edit]

This song featuring Trey Songz features the line in the first verse: "I go up and down, round and round, Super Mario".

Jennifer Lopez[edit]

On the Floor[edit]

This song features rapper Pitbull, in which he says in the interlude, is "And watch as a chick gon’ get Donkey Kong'ed."

JPEGMafia[edit]

Kenan Vs. Kel[edit]

On his sophomore album, All My Heroes Are Cornballs, JPEGMafia raps the following two lines in a verse: "I'm dressin' up like I'm Prince Peach / And if you sendin' in Marios to defend me".

Juice Wrld[edit]

From My Window[edit]

This song by the late Juice Wrld features the line "Mario Luigi, my bros 'til the bitter end".

Kero Kero Bonito[edit]

Sick Beat[edit]

The song's backing track is based around a sample of the "Star Select" jingle from Super Mario 64.

Kids See Ghosts[edit]

Reborn[edit]

On the Kid Cudi and Kanye West collaboration project, Kanye West includes the line in this song, "All of you Mario, it's all a game."

Kim Hyun-joong[edit]

Lucky Guy[edit]

A song by South Korean singer Kim Hyun-joong, his songs often contain various sound effects from the Super Mario series, including Jumping, Coins, and even the 1-Up sound.

KJ-52[edit]

Video Games[edit]

KJ-52's Christian-themed rap song contains various game references and sound effects. KJ-52 raps about how "I was down to one life and I didn't have another / but now I'm super like the Mario Brothers."

Lady Diane[edit]

Mario sa Amerika[edit]

This Filipino rap song is about Mario going to the United States, to the tune of the Ground Theme of Super Mario Bros.

Leaders of the New School[edit]

Syntax Era[edit]

One of the lyrics is "I'm Donkey Kong, fat freak the notes".

Lemon Demon[edit]

Fredhammer[edit]

One of the sound effects used in the song is Tanooki Mario shouting "Tanooki!" from Mario Kart 8.

Lights[edit]

Timing is Everything[edit]

One of the first lines of track 7 on Canadian musician Lights' 2011 album Siberia is "In the interim, the princess was in another castle."

Lil Dicky[edit]

Lemme Freak[edit]

The song's instrumental includes a sample of a Koopa Shell being kicked from the original Super Mario Bros.

Lil Wayne[edit]

No Worries[edit]

On this song, Lil Wayne states in the second verse: "Let me see that Donkey Kong".

Groupie Gang[edit]

On the song "Groupe Gang" from Dedication 6: Reloaded, Lil Wayne says, "Spit flame like my name King Koopa, mane".

Lil Yachty[edit]

RunRunning[edit]

On his debut mixtape, this particular song from rapper Lil Yachty features the instrumental to the Super Mario 64 file select screen, with coin sound effects edited in throughout.

Logan Whitehurst[edit]

What It's Like in Japan[edit]

"What It's Like in Japan" featured on the album "Very Tiny Songs", describes Japan (from where Mario was created) in a manner clearly modeled after a typical Super Mario Bros. level, featuring sound effects from the game and having its last line (That's what it's like when you go to Japan). The end is sung to the tune of Super Mario Bros.'s Game Over theme.

Logic[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

The song's title is the same as the Super Nintendo Entertainment System game Super Mario World.

Wordplay[edit]

In the second verse, Logic says, "That Super Mario flow, I always get the 1-Up".

The Lonely Island[edit]

I Don't Give A Honk[edit]

Andy Samberg claims "We all know we're born with one hundred honks," to which Jorma Taccone adds, "But people throw them away like they were Donkey Konks."

Ludacris[edit]

Spur of the Movement[edit]

One of the lines is "We play Mario Brothers, we eat the 'shroom and get power."[2]

Lupe Fiasco[edit]

Ooh[edit]

A line in this song has the lyrics, "I'm the worst case scenario, bump heads for coins like Mario".

Machine Gun Kelly[edit]

Alpha Omega[edit]

The song "Alpha Omega" from Machine Gun Kelly's General Admission album has the line "Where I’m from enemies bust off their shells like King Koopa".

Mac Miller[edit]

Blue Slide Park[edit]

This track from rapper Mac Miller's debut album of the same name includes the line: "We just tryna go bananas like it's Donkey Kong".

Major Lazer[edit]

Aerosol Can[edit]

One of the lines on the middle of the song is "Make yourself bigger like mushroom, Mario Kart."

MF Doom[edit]

Hoe Cakes[edit]

The song includes the following line: "Own his own throne, the boss like King Koopa".

Mike Stud[edit]

Glad You Came[edit]

This freestyle sampling The Wanted's song of the same name contains the line, "I been hot, quit playing games this isn't Mario".

The Mountain Goats[edit]

Thank You Mario But Our Princess in Another Castle[edit]

The song is sung from the perspective of Toad after being rescued by Mario. Inspired by the infamous line that is the song's title, Toad sings about the horrible time he had while being kidnapped.

The NESkimos[edit]

The NESkimos is a band that plays metal versions of music from Nintendo games, including Super Mario Bros. 3.

Newsboys[edit]

Restart[edit]

In the song's music video, a Super Star appears during the final few measures of the bridge.

Patent Pending[edit]

Hey Mario[edit]

From the 2013 album "Brighter", the songs talks about why Mario should stop rescuing Princess Peach. Games and sub-series like Mario Kart, Dr. Mario and Super Mario Galaxy are mentioned as well. The coin sound effect is also used in some lines.

Peabod[edit]

Roommates[edit]

In one line, the song mentions Mario Kart by saying, "We made an art out of Mario Kart, we're smart gents."

Phil J.[edit]

Shoot My Shot[edit]

In one line, the song mentions Mario and Bowser by saying, "Hotter than Bowser, this ain't super Mario."

The Preachers[edit]

Better Than It Ever Could Be[edit]

The song contains some notes from the ending theme of Super Mario Bros. 2.

Pusha T[edit]

Rock N Roll[edit]

The song "Rock N Roll" featuring artists, Kid Cudi and Kanye West, has rapper Pusha T saying the lines, "I been gettin' at these coins as I'm breakin' down the brick / Make the jump to each level, Super Mario exists".

Ruth B.[edit]

Princess Peach[edit]

Canadian R&B singer Ruth B. included a song titled "Princess Peach" in her sophomore album, Moments in Between.

Schoolboy Q[edit]

Break the Bank[edit]

The beat to "Break the Bank" by Schoolboy Q is produced by musician The Alchemist, who included a sample of Toad screaming from Mario Kart 64, slowed and faded, and played throughout the song.

DRAM[edit]

Cha Cha[edit]

The song "Cha Cha" by DRAM has an instrumental that samples the Star Road theme from Super Mario World, and uses the staple coin effects throughout.

Ski Mask the Slump God[edit]

Merlin's Staff[edit]

The song "Merlin's Staff" from his mixtape Sin City The Mixtape contains the lines "On the go like Mario, drive in a kart" and "Kickstand, stick-shift, Peach colored kart".

Nuketown[edit]

The song "Nuketown" from the album STOKELEY contains the line, "Ate a Mario mushroom quick, uh-huh".

Smif-N-Wessun[edit]

Super Brooklyn[edit]

The song samples the underground and overworld song from Super Mario Bros. and various sound effects from the game, such as the jump, lose a life, jump, or sliding down the flag sound effects. It is never officially released due to the unlicensed use of the music, though it is an underground hit in 1999 and led to a deal by Rawkus Records.[3]

Snoop Dogg[edit]

The Bidness[edit]

One of the lyrics is "Half dog, half gorilla, bitch Donkey Kong".[2]

Soulja Boy and Young L[edit]

Album cover to Mario & Domo vs. the World (2012)

Mario & Domo vs. the World[edit]

Rappers Soulja Boy and Young L (of the hip hop group The Pack) collaborated on a mixtape titled Mario & Domo vs. the World, released in 2012. The album cover features Mario in the Paper Mario style, with differently colored clothing, and NHK Japanese broadcast mascot, Domo facing each other. Most songs have the name Mario name-dropped in some fashion; for example, the song "Triple Chain Gang" has Soulja Boy saying the line "Mario, on my neck with Domo". In another song, "One", Mario's name is only briefly mentioned in the introduction when Soulja Boy is repeating his name four times and Mario's name two times before his verse actually begins.

Suicideboys[edit]

Genesis[edit]

The instrumental of this song samples the Game Over theme of Super Mario World.

Supah Mario[edit]

Supah Mario is the stage name for DeMario Priester, a hip hop music producer who has produced instrumentals to tracks for big name artists including Drake, Young Thug, 2 Chainz, and others.

Taller Para Niños[edit]

Super Mario Bros. 3[edit]

Spanish song by the Mexican group; only the last line in the song actually refers to Super Mario Bros. 3. Song was later covered by Mexican band Allison on their debut self-titled album, this time simply titled "Mario Bros. 3".

Tchami[edit]

Praise[edit]

The official music video contains many references to various video games, and at one point, French DJ Tchami goes through a map and enters a level which are both heavily based on Super Mario World.

Trace Adkins[edit]

Honky Tonk Badonkadonk[edit]

The country song makes a reference to Donkey Kong when Trace Adkins says "She's got it goin' on like Donkey Kong."

Tyga[edit]

Hijack[edit]

The song makes a reference to Bowser when the rapper says "Motherfucking beast bitch call me King Koopa."

Tyler, the Creator[edit]

What the Fuck Right Now[edit]

The song "What the Fuck Right Now" (stylized in all capital letters) by Tyler, the Creator includes the line, "I am a stormer, I am a trooper, I am a Koopa".

Waka Flocka Flame[edit]

Karma[edit]

This song from Waka Flocka Flame's debut album Flockaveli contains the line, "Ran up on his car, had him eating shells like Mario Go-Kart".

Wale[edit]

Double M Genius[edit]

On the song "Double M Genius" from Wale's Ambition album, he raps the line, "Crazy talking and foolish / You catch a shell like a Koopa".

Whethan[edit]

LOCK IT UP[edit]

Produced by DJ Whethan, this track features rappers midwxst, Yeat and Matt Ox, in which midwxst says this line in his verse: "I've been banging my chest like I'm DK, spin tracks like a DJ".

XXXTentacion[edit]

Came2Kill[edit]

The song "Came2Kill" from the mixtape XXXTENTACION Presents: Members Only, Vol. 3 uses an edited version of the instrumental to Joke's End from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga composed by Yoko Shimomura.

Bowser[edit]

This song "Bowser" from the mixtape "Members Only, Vol. 3" features rapper Ski Mask the Slump God, and it features various pop culture references, including video games and television cartoons, but features no additional references to Mario outside from the song name.

Yung Gravy[edit]

Betty (Get Money)[edit]

This song from the album Marvelous contains the line in the second verse, "Pull up with a Zelda and a Peach and a Daisy".

Yung Lean[edit]

Yung Lean is a Swedish rapper whose lyrics frequently reference video games. His music video to "Hurt" features video game related graphics and footage, such as including gameplay from Super Smash Bros. Melee. Some of his songs reference Mario, and two songs directly reference Mario in the title: "Yoshi City" and another titled "Princess Daisy".

Mario related references in his songs include the following:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Munro, Scott (January 8, 2020). Alestorm swing back into action with Curse Of The Crystal Coconut. Loudersound.com. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c The Mushroom Kingdom - Mario in Rap
  3. ^ (August 2, 2012). When Hip Hop Meets Video Games. Bet. Retrieved October 6, 2020.