This Week in WTF Pop Culture History: A Fucking Ninja Turtle Rap Song Hits #1 in July 1990.
We're not being sarcastic when we say that a proud and important pop culture tradition was renewed this week with the release of this track:
That is "Shell Shocked" by Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Ty Dolla $ign. It jumps from describing the four Ninja Turtles and the unbeatable power of brotherhood, to talk of teaming up with your friends to make shitloads of money for Lamborghinis and Rolexes (which suggests that the new film features a sequence wherein Master Splinter teaches his four young protegees how to ball like motherfuckers). And before you dismiss this video as being unimportant to your life, you need to understand something:
Rap songs about Ninja Turtles used to fucking dominate the pop charts.
You see, this week in 1990, the No. 1 song in the U.K. was "Turtle Power" by Partners in Kryme, the lead single from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles soundtrack, which consisted of two grown men rapping the plot of the movie to you in three minutes of operatic phreshness that was, for many a child, their first introduction to hip-hop. That song stayed at No. 1 for the next motherfucking month: