Grant Kirkhope says Donkey Kong 64's rap was always meant to be a joke, leaving him surprised when people didn't get it

Joke's on you

Donkey Kong 64 is remembered for a lot of reasons, but perhaps none moreso than the DK Rap. The tune is a big part of Nintendo history nowadays, and is great for a chuckle. When the game first launched, plenty of people found the song to be quite cringeworthy.

In an interview with GamesRadar, composer Grant Kirkhope opens up about the song, and reveals that it was always meant to be tongue-in-cheek.

"I thought everyone would get the joke but no one did. It was the first time I'd ever had anyone write something negative about my music. I'd been fortunate up until then - people liked my tunes most of the time - and it was supposed to be a joke track about monkeys rapping about bananas and grapes, so I felt a little bit hard done to. I thought everyone would get the joke but no one did... it was the first time I'd ever had anyone write something negative about my music.

I'm glad I wrote it. It's been a fun thing to have people take the mickey out of me for years about and, you know, my 17-year-old son and all of his mates know it. None of those guys were born when I did that and it's incredible that they know every word."


Thu Oct 22 20 05:07pm
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I loved the DK rap even as a kid and now the song has evolved as a meme showing that more people shared a fondness for the rap.

I feel the consensus that it was a bad song will eventually change as more people appreciate the new views coming into light.

Thu Oct 22 20 05:10pm
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It seems like people embrace goofy campy weirdness a lot more now than they did 20 years ago. I think back then there was greater cultural pressure for everything to be taken seriously, hence why we got X-Men movies where everyone was dressed in black leather. And why people got so upset about Wind Waker or characters like Tingle and Waluigi. I’m glad things have changed.

The 90s and the early 00s were an era when "edginess" was such a huge thing. The comic book industry was one of the biggest areas where this could be seen (Todd McFarlane and Garth Ennis are some of the only guys I can think of where this was a major boon for them, as nowadays someone like Rob Liefeld is usually mocked for his wonky looking art and overly edgy writing, enough so that whenever people bring up how he created Deadpool a common rebuttal is "Liefeld himself admitted his Deadpool was a Deathstroke rip-off, the DP we know and love today was the result of other writers," and sadly Frank Miller's writing took a huge downturn after the 80s). This is kinda why Batman: The Brave and the Bold didn't get the recognition it deserved. It came out at the tail end of the 00s and at the time it seemed most younger Batman fans only cared about things like Batman:TAS and things like the Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan movies, so having a cartoon that was a purposeful throwback to the campy Silver Age wasn't looked upon as favorably at the time (nowadays it and the 1960s show starring Adam West are far more appreciated, but in 2008 it was hard to find genuine fans of the show online).


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