Music Monday: Rapping Celebs

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! We hip hip hop and we don't stop! Much like a great many celebrities who recorded rap songs over the years. Thankfully, Scott's found a couple of them who didn't just rip off The Sugar Hill Gang. Not a lot. Just a couple.

David Bowie feat. Mickey Rourke - Shining Star (Makin' My Love)

 

Bowie's pretty open about being lost in the late 1980s. So, you know… here's proof. Sort of the bookend to "Dancing In The Streets" in a way, you know?

Maybe it gets better. Maybe it gets worse. You won't know unless you dare. See you after the jump!

Fu-Schnickens feat. Shaquille O'Neal - Can We Rock

 

Imagine you're at twenty-something kid. The whole world won't stop talking about you. You're on the rise as a global brand. And some pretty cool rappers ask you to jump in on their track. What would YOU say? The question isn't "Why did Shaq do this?" but rather "How come it's so much better than Shaq Diesel?" Also I've always had a suspicion that this song's Bugs Bunny reference might have been the first step towards Space Jam.

Chevy Chase feat. Chic or maybe The Sugar Hill Gang - Rapper's Plight

 

You gotta hand it to Chevy, he was making this rap parody when most people were considering the genre ignorable. And hipster hatin' aside, this really would be a passable between-track sketch on quite a few modern rap albums. As far as Chevy's career goes, the lost businessman who wanders in from nowhere is much better written than, say, Oh Heavenly Dog. So let's call this a win for the guy.

Mint Royal feat. Willem Dafoe - Ring

 

Is this rapping or reading? Look, it's someone famous and I needed five tracks, so shut it. And it's kinda nice.

Blondie feat. Joe Peschi - Wise Guy

 

Okay, Blondie probably wasn't in the studio when this song was happening… buuuut it's still meeting the spirit of this post, right? Hey, if you don't like it, find your own song to post. BOOM! I'M DROPPING THE MIC AND WALKING AWAY!

Let us also just remind you: some images come from the corresponding Wikipedia page and are here under fair use. See you next week.