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Game screen of the DK Rap performance in the game Donkey Kong 64 for Nintendo 64.

The DK Rap is a rap song about Donkey Kong and his friends that plays during the introduction cutscene of the game Donkey Kong 64. It was written by Grant Kirkhope[1] and performed by George Andreas and Chris Sutherland.


The DK Rap was originally written as a joke (as stated by Kirkhope on his own website[2]), however it made it into the opening cutscene of Donkey Kong 64.

The DK Rap is very infamous for its corny lyrics, particularly Lanky Kong's verses, and the fact that it contains the word "hell" in Chunky Kong's verses, despite being featured in an E-Rated game. A possible reasoning for this is that Rare, Ltd., the game's developer, is based in the United Kingdom, where "hell" is not considered profanity and was also considered a slang term in the used context.

The DK Rap returned in the game Super Smash Bros. Melee, performed here by James W. Norwood Jr., where it became the music theme for the stage Kongo Jungle[3]. The third and fifth verses describing Tiny Kong and Diddy Kong were sung faster, and the word "hell" was replaced with "heck". It is possible this was one of the main reasons for re-doing the rap. The DK Rap is also reused in the game Donkey Konga, as one of the game's many songs. It also came back in the game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but with Lanky and Chunky Kong's verses removed.

The Rap was used in The Super Mario Bros. Movie during Donkey Kong's introduction scene. Kirkhope however was uncredited for the song's usage in the film.

Original Lyrics[]

Here, here, here we go

So they're finally here, performing for you
If you know the words, you can join in too
Put your hands together, if you want to clap

As we take you through this monkey rap!


DK! Donkey Kong!

He's the leader of the bunch, you know him well
He's finally back to kick some tail
His Coconut Gun can fire in spurts
If he shoots ya, it's gonna hurt!
He's bigger, faster, and stronger too
He's the first member of the D.K. crew!

DK! Donkey Kong!
DK! Donkey Kong is here!

(Here we go)
This Kong's got style, so listen up, dudes
She can shrink in size, to suit her mood
She's quick and nimble when she needs to be
She can float through the air and climb up trees!
If you choose her, you'll not choose wrong
With a skip and a hop, she's one cool Kong!

DK! Donkey Kong!

He has no style, he has no grace
This Kong has a funny face
He can handstand when he needs to
And stretch his arms out, just for you
Inflate himself just like a balloon
This crazy Kong just digs this tune!

DK! Donkey Kong!
DK! Donkey Kong is here!

He's back again and about time too
And this time he's in the mood
He can fly real high with his jetpack on
With his pistols out, he's one tough Kong!
He'll make you smile when he plays his tune
But Kremlings beware 'cause he's after you!

DK! Donkey Kong!

Finally, he's here for you
It's the last member of the D.K. crew!
This Kong's so strong, it isn't funny
Can make a Kremling cry out for mummy
Can pick up a boulder with relative ease
Makes crushing rocks seem such a breeze
He may move slow, he can't jump high
But this Kong's one hell (replaced with heck in Super Smash Bros.) of a guy!


Come on, Cranky, take it to the fridge!

Walnuts, peanuts, pineapple smells,
grapes, melons, oranges, and coconut shells!
(Ahh, yeah!)

Walnuts, peanuts, pineapple smells,
Grapes, melons, oranges, and coconut shells!
(Ahh, yeah!)




  • Each character's verse section features a solo from certain instrument, and some Kongs play the same instrument in the game Donkey Kong 64:
    • Donkey Kong's section features a muted trumpet[4], but he plays bongos[5].
    • Tiny Kong's section has a saxophone[6], and she also plays a saxophone.
    • In Lanky Kong's section, a trombone[7] can be heard, and he also plays a trombone.
    • Diddy Kong's section features an electric guitar[8], and he also plays an electric guitar.
    • In Chunky Kong's section, a timpani[9] can be heard, but he plays a triangle[10].
  • The first couple lines in Lanky's section are based on lines from "Vogue" by Madonna (They had style, they had grace, Rita Hayworth, gave good face.).
  • In the final verse section, walnuts are the only food item not to appear in Donkey Kong 64 in any shape or form besides the rap song.
  • The DK Rap is the first song in the Donkey Kong game series to feature vocals.
  • In the Super Smash Bros. Melees rearrangement of the song played on the stage Kongo Jungle, on the second verse section that talks about Tiny Kong, the "D.K., DONKEY KONG" there can be sometimes misheard as "T.K., DONKEY KONG".
  • The DK Rap was featured in The Super Mario Bros. Movie. It was played when Donkey Kong first appeared in the movie