Posted on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by Germain Lussier
Ever since the release of the popular ’90s cartoon, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were characterized as party guys. They were a wild bunch of teenagers who loved pizza and music, who just happened to be both ninjas and turtles. In 1991, the group was forever linked to pop rap thanks to Vanilla Ice. At the climax of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, then super-popular rapper was featured with a song called “Ninja Rap.” Almost 25 years later, the song endures as a guilty pleasure and a window into a very specific moment in pop culture.
So it makes perfect sense (maybe? sort of?) that the filmmakers want their very own rap anthem for the new, rebooted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. That song is now out. It’s called “Shell Shocked” and its by Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa and Ty Dolla $ign featuring Kill The Noise & Madsonik. Does it reach the status of “Ninja Rap?” Listen to the new Ninja Turtles rap below.
Here’s “Shell Shocked” via Atlantic Records, which is now available on iTunes and all that. Links are in the video.
Shell Shocked: The New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles rap
I have to admit – it’s pretty catchy. It’s not “Ninja Rap” catchy but, we’ll have to see how the song plays into the movie. I’d imagine, though, this is the end credits song. The beat and lyrics have this pseudo badass confidence that the Turtles might have after saving the day.
Here’s a new TV spot featuring the song.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens August 8. Here’s a new poster followed by the official description.
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