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by Mosi Reeves

May 10, 2011

Rap Skits and Snaps

by Mosi Reeves  |  May 10, 2011

Before we begin, please note that this isn't a collection of comedic rap songs, so you won't find any material from some of the genre's greatest humorists, such as E-40, Biz Markie, Redman and Slick Rick. Instead, we're focusing on rap skits (only the intentionally funny ones) and rap songs featuring samples from comedians. That narrows the field quite a bit, as the rap skit is turning into a lost art, and today's producers tend to sample old records for drums and melodies rather than weave crazy-quilt masterpieces like De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Risin'. Also note that this list doesn't include any joints from Big Boi's Sir Lucious Left Foot, and the Wu-Tang Clan has made too many great skits to use them all. Despite all the necessary omissions, though, "Rap Skits and Snaps" has plenty of ignorance, from Dr. Dre's silly "The $20 Sack Pyramid" to Ghostface Killah's perverse "Heart Street Directions" to Wu-Tang's "Who stole my killa tape?" interlude. It's got chicken heads and base heads, and Redd Foxx, Dolemite and Richard Pryor rise from the dead. It's even got Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Scooby-Doo for the kiddies. Break!

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