List of Mario references in music
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Due to the popularity of the Mario franchise, the games have been referenced numerous times in popular songs.
ASAP Ferg's debut mixtape includes this song, with the line, "And I click like Donkey Kong when I hit this long".
Young N***a Living
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".
The title of Alestorm's sixth studio album, Curse of the Crystal Coconut, is inspired by the Donkey Kong franchise. 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.
I Hate Mario Kart Wii
Super Mario Bros.
A remake of the Super Mario Bros. 3 theme by Taller Para Niños.
Can't Leave Rap Alone
This song features this line from fellow rapper Celph Titled: "I'm like Donkey Kong, I got you niggas dodgin' my barrels".
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".
Lark On My Go-Kart
Asher Roth raps, "Mario Kart skills are outrageous," in this song from his first album.
What's Going On? Why?
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".
I'm On Everything
Just the Same
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".
Remember the Titans
This freestyle has the line, "Obstacles? I throw and jump over like I'm Mario".
This song from Big Sean's mixtape UKNOWBIGSEAN features the line, "Motherfuckers walking in with shrooms, now I'm finna feel like Mario".
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.
Bowser's Mixtape and Bowser's Castle
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.
It's On Like Donkey Kong
The song title mentions Donkey Kong's name, and the phrase itself is repeated throughout the chorus.
War of Hormone
The song features the coin and power-up sound effects from Super Mario Bros..
Do the Donkey Kong
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.
I Like It
During the first verse, Cardi B raps "'Bout my coins like Mario!"
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
All Day Long
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".
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.
Here we Go
This song on the album The Preview features the line, "And I love this game like Mario, but my flow is just like cardio".
A line in this song states he has "balls like Bowser".
Eat Your Vegetables
The instrumental to this song samples "Aquatic Ambience," the music for the underwater levels in Donkey Kong Country.
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".
This rap song features the line "Donkey Kong in the flesh like the ape loose".
Greatest Rapper Ever
The intro track from Danny Brown's debut album, The Hybrid, includes the lines "hit the head, Mario" and "I gave her that Yoshi".
Rainbow in the Dark
Kool A.D.'s verse includes the line, "Like Don King playing Donkey Kong Country at his cousin's house".
Florida rapper, Denzel Curry, includes the line "I'm shroomed out my mental like Mario Bros." in this song.
SPACEGHOSTPUSSY (RIP YAMS)
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)
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..
Flicka Da Wrist
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 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".
The instrumental to this song samples the "Haunted Chase" track from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.
Out the Slums
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".
Touch Fuzzy, Get Dizzy
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".
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.
Mario Bros vs Wright Bros.
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".
One line in the middle of "Rocketeer" is "We're on some next level, Super Mario."
The thirteenth song off Fetty Wap's second major studio album is titled "Yoshi", after the Mario character.
The Results Are In
This song contains a sample of Yoshi saying his name, after the line "No chain on, gold teeth, blowing Yoshi".
I Am Not Your Gameboy
Towards the end, there is the line "I've got to find the princess, she's in another castle".
Mario & Link
"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?"
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.
Now I Gotta Wet 'Cha
The first line of the song is "It's on like Donkey Kong."
The song "Movie Star" featuring Pharrell Williams contains the line, "You know we get that bourbon out the barrel, Diddy Kong".
Daddy's Little Girl
Artist J. Cole says, in the song, "You lost to lookin' for a savior, I ain't Mario".
In this song, he says the lines, "I'm Koopa, I never been the Mario type / No saving hoes".
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.
The song's instrumental has a Super Mario Bros. coin sound effect used throughout.
Takin' it There
This song featuring Trey Songz features the line in the first verse: "I go up and down, round and round, Super Mario".
This song features rapper Pitbull, in which he says in the interlude, is "And watch as a chick gon’ get Donkey Kong'ed."
Kenan Vs. Kel
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".
From My Window
This song by the late Juice Wrld features the line "Mario Luigi, my bros 'til the bitter end".
The song's backing track is based around a sample of the "Star Select" jingle from Super Mario 64.
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'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."
Mario sa Amerika
One of the lyrics is "I'm Donkey Kong, fat freak the notes".
Timing is Everything
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."
The song's instrumental includes a sample of a Koopa Shell being kicked from the original Super Mario Bros.
On this song, Lil Wayne states in the second verse: "Let me see that Donkey Kong".
On the song "Groupe Gang" from Dedication 6: Reloaded, Lil Wayne says, "Spit flame like my name King Koopa, mane".
What It's Like in Japan
"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.
Super Mario World
In the second verse, Logic says, "That Super Mario flow, I always get the 1-Up".
I Don't Give A Honk
Spur of the Movement
A line in this song has the lyrics, "I'm the worst case scenario, bump heads for coins like Mario".
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".
Blue Slide Park
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".
One of the lines on the middle of the song is "Make yourself bigger like mushroom, Mario Kart."
The song includes the following line: "Own his own throne, the boss like King Koopa".
Glad You Came
This freestyle sampling The Wanted's song of the same name contains the line, "I been hot, quit playing games this isn't Mario".
Thank You Mario But Our Princess in Another Castle
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 is a band that plays metal versions of music from Nintendo games, including Super Mario Bros. 3.
In the song's music video, a Super Star appears during the final few measures of the bridge.
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.
In one line, the song mentions Mario Kart by saying, "We made an art out of Mario Kart, we're smart gents."
Shoot My Shot
In one line, the song mentions Mario and Bowser by saying, "Hotter than Bowser, this ain't super Mario."
Better Than It Ever Could Be
The song contains some notes from the ending theme of Super Mario Bros. 2.
Rock N Roll
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".
Canadian R&B singer Ruth B. included a song titled "Princess Peach" in her sophomore album, Moments in Between.
Break the Bank
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.
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".
The song "Nuketown" from the album STOKELEY contains the line, "Ate a Mario mushroom quick, uh-huh".
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.
One of the lyrics is "Half dog, half gorilla, bitch Donkey Kong".
Soulja Boy and Young L
Mario & Domo vs. the World
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.
The instrumental of this song samples the Game Over theme of Super Mario World.
Taller Para Niños
Super Mario Bros. 3
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".
Honky Tonk Badonkadonk
The country song makes a reference to Donkey Kong when Trace Adkins says "She's got it goin' on like Donkey Kong."
The song makes a reference to Bowser when the rapper says "Motherfucking beast bitch call me King Koopa."
What the Fuck Right Now
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".
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".
Double M Genius
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".
LOCK IT UP
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.
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.
Betty (Get Money)
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:
- "In Tokyo, playing Mario" from "Hurt"
- "I'm Wario, when I'm in Mario Kart" in "Kyoto"
- "Super Mario everyday" in "5th Element"
- Munro, Scott (January 8, 2020). Alestorm swing back into action with Curse Of The Crystal Coconut. Loudersound.com. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
- The Mushroom Kingdom - Mario in Rap
- (August 2, 2012). When Hip Hop Meets Video Games. Bet. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
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