By Jordy Altman
Vanilla Ice – “Ninja Rap”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was recently remade by Michael Bay. It currently holds a 20% on rottentomatoes.com, is being slashed by movie critics, and is the butt of every late night hosts opening monologue.
So why should the new ninja rap be any better?
This week, Vanilla Ice took to the media to criticize the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles rap as a travesty to the magic of his favorite fighting/dancing turtles. In an interview with the AV Club, Vanilla Ice chatted about his personal connection with his movie rap.
“When I did the ‘Ninja Rap’ I did that in my hotel room by myself with an SP-1200 drum machine. I did the whole thing there because I could see the turtles dancing there. It was all about dancing back in those times. Before, the turtles were not expected to dance. I actually got the turtles to dance in the movie.”
In a separate interview with GQ, Vanilla Ice added a dig to fellow rappers Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa.
“With respect to all of the artists, the song doesn’t really do it for me… It feels a little artificial—what I mean by that is that it sounds like a bunch of executives in the corporate world put it together. It really does not fit the theme of the Ninja Turtles legend. I think you have to understand, and be a true Ninja, to possess the Magic to really pull off the secret sound.”
Is Vanilla Ice calling out his fellow rappers as faux Ninja Turtle fans? Brutally honest or not, the new rap “Shell Shocked” sure doesn’t have the same dance-heavy influence on 90s hip-hop. It may have a crew of rappers supporting a new TMNT anthem, but when it comes to emotional attachment, we’re in the same boat as Vanilla Ice.
Go ninja, go ninja, go.