With Iron Man 3 already in the theaters and new editions of Superman and Wolverine soon to be released, it can seem like every movie coming out this summer stars a superhero. But our colorfully costumed characters also make appearances in a multitude of rap songs.
Here's a list of the ten best lyrics starring a superhero and, try as I might, Vanilla Ice's Ninja Rap from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 couldn't make the cut. Parents, be warned: If the Comic Code Authority still existed, they would not allow these superheroes to appear in the vicinity of such foul language.
10. Eminem - "My Name Is"
Eminem's first single would make Stan Lee proud. "Clothes ripped like the Incredible Hulk I spit when I talk/I'll fuck anything that walks."
9. The Beastie Boys - "Body Movin'"
Fantastic Four readers will dig this nod to the Human Torch's catch phrase. "Flame on, I'm gone/I'm so sweet like a nice bon bon."
8. Public Enemy - "Raise the Roof"
Not one, but two Marvel Comics characters get name checked in this classic. "From the slammer swing a hammer like the mighty Thor/God of thunder, you'll go under, then you'll all applaud/And fathom that distance, the mad must reap/Meet Namor sea lord, Prince of the deep."
7. Dr. Dre - "Some LA Niggaz"
Dr. Dre shows off his comic book knowledge by paying tribute to the Incredible Hulk's secret identity. "I'm comin Straight Outta Compton with a loose cannon/Smoke big green, call it Bruce Banner."
6. Wu-Tang Clan - "Protect Ya Neck"
For as many comics, movies, and cartoons Peter Parker has starred in over the year's he's lyrically underrepresented. "Terrorize the jam like troops in Pakistan/Swinging through your town like your neighborhood Spiderman."
5. The Bloodhound Gang - "Why Is Everybody Always Picking On Me"
Not a 100% certain this should count as a rap song, but I always yearned for a comic book that teamed up the X-men's Wolverine with Hong Kong Phooey. "What I mean is Wolverine is less hairy than your son/He looks like Chewie Baba Booey Baba Booey and Hong Kong Phooey all in one."
4. Method Man - "The Riddler"
Jim Carey's rendition of the Riddler is better left forgotten, but you can have fond memories of Method Man's opus to Batman's nemesis. "Turn the corner you can hear the wheels squeal/On that ass fast was the Batmobile."
3. DMX - "Party Up"
Lex Luthor might be diabolical, but Superman can be glad he never went up against DMX. "So whatever it is you puffin on that got you think that you Superman/I got the Kryptonite, should I smack him with my dick and the mic?"
2. The Last Emperor - "Secret Wars"
Impossible to pick one line from an entire song dedicated to superheroes battling emcees with "no bats no gats guns no interference. Comic book characters would go head up with raw lyrics." But since I have to choose I'll go with "We got Dr. Octopus 'versus the mighty Busta Rhymes! Doc Oct versus Busta? Man that stuff is dead. He'll get his eight arms ripped off, goin up against the dreads."
1. The Sugarhill Gang - "Rapper's Delight"
Nothing can top the old school. The first rappers wax poetic on the first super-hero.
"And you could be my boyfriend you surely can/Just let me quit my boyfriend called superman/I said he's a fairy I do suppose/Flyin' through the air in pantyhose/He may be very sexy or even cute/But he looks like a sucker in a blue and red suit/I said you need a man who's got finesse/And his whole name across his chest/He may be able to fly all through the night/But can he rock a party 'til the early light?/He can't satisfy you with his little worm/But I can bust you out with my super sperm."
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