A History of Hip-Hop Songs About the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Vanilla Ice's "Ninja Rap" from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze" (1991).
I have good news, and I have great news. The good news: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back. The great news: Hip-hop tracks about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back.

Yes, 1990s nostalgia has reached such peak levels that they're making another Ninja Turtles film. The Turtles began as a gritty comic created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. It exploded into a multimillion dollar media franchise for kids due to a goofy animated series that began in 1987 and lasted until 1996.

That series led to three live-action movies in the '90s, another animated series (and another film) in the 2000s, scores of action figures -- I had about 15, and they'd wrestle my WWF guys -- and a concert tour. The Ninja Turtles have always been a musical bunch. And for each film and TV show, there is a new song about the Ninja Turtles. This week, a new one was released. We now have five turtle films and five turtle songs. Let's count them down.

See also: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Screening and Foot Clan Tryouts in BK

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T-Pain Did Not Get the Concept of "Royals"

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Courtesy of RCA Records Press // Credit: Hannibal Matthews
T. Pain
For a song that's been turned inside-out by a variety of takes and unique approaches, "Royals" surprisingly hadn't been revamped in a way that had completely shifted its message. That is until Cher-inspired rapper T-Pain got a hold of Lorde's breakout hit and made the anti-consumption, broke kid anthem into a celebration of being wealthy, living in excess, and, well, basically everything in music Lorde's song warns us about.

See also: The Welcome Contradictions of Lorde

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The Grammys, Recapped in GIFs

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Grammy Screengrab
CBS' broadcast of The Grammys kept saying it was "music's biggest night." I suppose that's true--the first performance of Imagine Dragons with Kendrick Lamar!--but the phrase was repeated so much it's almost as though the show was trying to convince us it was important.

This was a theme all night. Upcoming performances were advertised not really as songs but as "Grammy moments." When 33 couples were wed on stage during a performance of "Same Love," the official Grammys Twitter account made sure to place it in historical context immediately.

See also: Why the Grammys Don't Matter

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Obsessive Teen Twitter Accounts That Exist Solely to Get a Followback From a Star

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One Direction are extremely popular with young people, just FYI
There's a secret teen cult with its own strange ritual, operating all around you. In the same place where you're reading updates from The New York Times, or tracking some inane rap beef, groups of young people are engaged in a desperate life or death struggle for total social media dominance. Teens on Twitter: They're obsessed with the stars they love. Let's talk about that.

See also: No One Trusts the Tastes of Teenage Girls, But Should: Why Justin Bieber Is the Next Beatles

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Buckwheat Groats Have "Swag Like an Asian," Bust Nuts

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One of these guys is named "Penis Bailey"
Irreverent rap jokesters Buckwheat Groats caused an internet melee last year with the multi-McDonald's mayhem in their "Million Dollar Menu" music video. Along with being featured everywhere from Huffington Post to WorldStarHipHop, the duo landed a deal with The Warner Sound. Now, they've returned with their first two videos under the Warner banner, "Swag Like an Asian" and "Nut I Busted." We spoke to members Penis Bailey and Lil Dinky about how they went from McDonald's to the majors while always staying on the cusp of controversy.

See also: We Interviewed the Guys Behind the Fresh Prince Google Translated Video

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Amy Linton of the Aislers Set was the Victim of a Shockingly Discerning Record Thief

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By Mike Appelstein

Being robbed sucks. Being robbed of your record collection - especially if you are a music fan - is worse. But how about if your collection was robbed selectively? If it wasn't merely the work of a desperate meth addict, but someone who actually had the time to methodically pick and choose? That's got to be a particularly bad sort of privacy invasion.

Unfortunately, that appears to be exactly what happened to Amy Linton a week and a half ago. According to her Facebook page, the Aislers Set singer/songwriter returned to her Brooklyn home on Friday to find "hundreds of my most valuable records" stolen from her house.

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