Vanilla Ice Not a Fan of New ‘TMNT’ Rap Song ‘Shell Shocked’

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After months of controversy, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot from producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesman is about to hit theaters. Leading up to release, fans have weathered one question mark after another, including Megan Fox as April O’Neil, rumored changes to the Turtles’ origin story, as well as suspicions that William Fichtner’s Eric Sachs would suit up as Shredder – instead of Oroku Saki.

Select TMNT fans remain unconvinced that the reboot will deliver a worthwhile live-action adaptation, while others have been successfully wooed by the film’s numerous trailers – which appear to depict a brainless but entertaining action-adventure. After all, aside from a few gritty depictions in print, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are usually portrayed as wise-cracking goofballs that almost always go for the easiest laugh. Mixing campy gags with slick ninja action made the heroes a staple of pop culture for nearly thirty years and even though Paramount Pictures has employed significant cosmetic changes, the filmmakers maintain that actual spirit of the film and its Turtle heroes sticks very close to the established formula.

So close, in fact, that the studio even commissioned a new ninja rap for the TMNT reboot from Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign (and featuring Kill The Noise & Madsonik) titled “Shell Shocked - playing off of nostalgia for TMNT 2: The Secret of the Ooze and its infamous Vanilla Ice scene/dance number “Ninja Rap (Go Ninja Go!).” Unsurprisingly, many longtime Ninja Turtle fans rolled their eyes at the new song – and, apparently, they were not alone.

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Speaking to GQ Magazine, Vanilla Ice said that he’s not a fan of the new TMNT rap song either – calling “Shell Shocked” an artificial cash grab:

With respect to all of the artists, the song doesn’t really do it for me. It feels a little artificial—what I mean by that is that it sounds like a bunch of executives in the corporate world put it together. It really does not fit the theme of the Ninja Turtles legend. I think you have to understand, and be a true Ninja, to possess the Magic to really pull off the secret sound.

Without a doubt, Ice’s “Ninja Rap” remains a fun touchstone for pop music in the early 1990s but is the former rap icon really in a position to judge “Shell Shocked”? Fans of the original live-action movies will likely agree with Ice (on principle) but is the new song truly more artificial than “Ninja Rap” – especially considering Vanilla Ice was outright shoe-horned into The Secret of the Ooze film storyline? Wasn’t it probably “a bunch of executives in the corporate world” that came up with the idea of staging a TMNT vs. Foot Soldier dance battle MC’d by Vanilla Ice – rather than an artistic choice by director Michael Pressman?

Nevertheless, in spite of head-scratching comments like “I think you have to understand, and be a true Ninja, to possess the Magic to really pull off the secret sound,” Ice isn’t entirely wrong about “Shell Shocked.” Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Ty Dolla $ign have put together a catchy but ultimately hollow song for the new TMNT movie – a track that gets stuck in your head but is only recognizable as a TMNT theme thanks to a number of superficial references (example: “All this green in my pockets, you can call it Turtle Power” or “Bought the orange Lamborghini, call it Michelangelo“).

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Of course, amidst all the “Ninja Rap” vs. “Shell Shocked” debate, most fans have entirely forgotten that before Vanilla Ice or Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Ty Dolla $ign rhymed about the Heroes in a Half Shell, Partners in Kryme was the first act to officially rap about the Ninja Turtles on a movie soundtrack with their track “Turtle Power” – which appeared in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film credits.

Which Ninja Turtles theme song is your favorite? Listen to “Turtle Power,” “Ninja Rap (Go Ninja Go!),” and “Shell Shocked” below:

It may be some time before we know whether or not “Ninja Rap” fits the “theme of the Ninja Turtles legend” better than “Shell Shocked.” Both are artificial attempts at mashing music with big screen branding but, despite a pretty thin veneer, Ice’s “Ninja Rap” debuted at a time when viewers were more open to tongue-in-cheek movie moments – imbuing the song with lasting (albeit cheesy) appeal.

Does “Shell Shocked” have the requisite Magic (and secret sound) to ensure that it too will become a nostalgic point of reference for the next generation of Ninja Turtle fans?

MORE: Will Bebop, Rocksteady, & Casey Jones Appear in TMNT 2?


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will open in theaters on August 8th, 2014.

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  1. Okay. When was the last time Vanilla Ice was relevant?

  2. Not that the voice of a one hit wonder, who stole the best part of his song from a Queen song, bears any considerable weight worth a news item, but I heard that song and it’s atrocious.

  3. Was Vanilla Ice suggesting his song was any better?

  4. Not normally one to agree with V Ice, but he has a point. Sort of. His version was laughable, but it fit the tone of those movies. The new version includes a line about trying to get “cheddar”, or money. Since when are the Turtles about getting paid?

    • cont.

      I should add that what V Ice knows about actual ninjas is likely very slim. I should also add that real “ninjas”, not teenage mutant ninja turtles, did work as spies, assassins and thieves. So…

    • I suppose it depends on what definition of “ninja” you choose to use and how loosely you use it.

      TMNT was a dark adult comic which was turned into a kids cartoon which spawned some campy movies which led to this re-boot.

  5. Considering that the Turtles movies weren’t that great to begin with, I doubt this one is going to be much better. Unless they allow for greater blood and conflict as per the original comics, Turtle Power can stay dead.

    • According to some early reviews, it’s sounding like it’s the turtles of the early comics rather than the kids TV show. I am going to check it out now because I am curious. I actually liked the original comic version moreso than the TV version. With that though, it’s still a Bay film so I’m not going in with high expectations either

  6. The new one blows to me. It was pretty much a clean rap song with some hints at the turtles. Hell, even the Mikey Lambo reference has been done before in rap songs, so I don’t even count that.

  7. Well it was a shell of a good hit.

  8. “A track that gets stuck in your head” Nothing about Shell Shocked got stuck in my head. In fact I never finished listening to it because it was that bad. I don’t remember one single lyric from what little I listened to it last week. It may have been shoehorned also but give me Turtle Power or Ninja Rap any day of the week.

  9. ” Remember the words of your teacher and master, evil moves fast but good moves faster… than light. Shining through your illumination, good vs. evil- evil’s confrontation.” ” So when you’re in trouble don’t give in and go sour, try to rely on your.. Turtle Power!” Partners in KRYME did it for me. Never forgot those lines way back in high school. The beat and baritone were wicked. Vanilla Ice’s track just couldn’t meet up.

    • Yup. Turtle Power was was my anthem for YEARS!!!

  10. Ninja Rap is classic. Shell Shocked is good but Vanilla Ice is ragged on for making some good songs people say they hate but love secretly. TMNT authority goes to Ice.

  11. I would have to agree with V.Ice on this one. His song fit into the theme of his movie perfectly, and his cameo was awesome. It was campy and simple, because the movie was campy and simple.

    From the preview they are trying to make the new characters overly hip and it seems very forced, much like trying to make the new rap song good (which it is not). If this song is any indication of how hollow and lame the new movie will be, I’m in for another Michael Bay film taking yet another shot at my childhood.

    • I just have to ask. How can anything happening today change your childhood?

  12. Ice is right though he sure isn’t one to talk. The new rap song was so shallow and terribly ignorant of the essence of the movie that I honestly could barely finish it.

    Turtle Power was and is the best rap song done for the Turtles to date. I have never forgotten it. From it’s opening bars it grabs you and spins a tale.

    Frankly, all due respect to Wiz and his crew, their song isn’t even in the same class.

  13. A big part of why Shell Shocked works is because it’s not just a Ninja Turtles song. You can listen to it if it was just another rap on the radio or as the new TMNT Rap. It’s definitely gonna stay in your head more, and that’s what they want

  14. wow.. hahahaha. now im not saying teh music is good. i think it sucks but its not like her version was any better. this guy is just a salty guy that doesnt like anything that isnt his own.

    sadly the only known song he has happened to be a sample from queen (i think it was queen)

  15. “…Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign (and featuring Kill The Noise & Madsonik)…”

    Sounds sufficiently brainless and arguably entertaining.

    Seems appropriate enough.

  16. “I think you have to understand, and be a true Ninja, to possess the Magic to really pull off the secret sound.”

    Did Vanilla Ice just call himself a true ninja?

    • Name a Juggalo that doesn’t call itself a ninja….

  17. stop, collaborate and listen!

  18. I actually have no problem with the song. I’m pretty sure anyone on here is older than 16 unlike me. But you gotta understand that they’re trying to sell to a new generation and as a person in this generation I believe that the song is awesome. I find the hook very catchy as well as the beat and tone. It totally fits with the new movie considering that the turtles are big and buff now. the Vanilla Ice “Ninja Rap” was very fun nonetheless. The only artists I would prefer to do a Ninja Rap however is the Wu-Tang Clan. They should have chose them in my opinion but I can totally deal with Shell Shocked.

    • good call on the wu-tang kid that would be a proper fit….. btw isn’t the wu a little before your generation? I’m old, I remember seeing the original TMNT movies in the theater when I was in like 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade lol!

  19. Go ninja, go ninja, go!

  20. Let’s not forget about the cassette tape from way back when. I remember one of the tracks being “Coming Out of Their Shells”. If I find it, I’ll post a link to a picture of it.

  21. Turtle Power is a damn classic.

    • Ninja Rap was pretty good too. Both catchy.

  22. Partners in Kryme’s “Turtle Power” is the only one I would defined as music/rap. Unlike the others, it actually tells a story, it has a point to it and shows musical/artistic prowess. It’s not a bunch of rhyming, repeating, catchy gibberish cobbled together with a beat behind it.

  23. Nobody gives a sh*t what Ice thinks, he’s a washed up has been, and a waste of humanity known as a Juggalo.

  24. Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Ty Dolla $ign
    the fact that these people consider this retards to be musicians is beyond understanding.

    • I’m guessing you’re over the age of 21 get with the times quit tryin to shove your generation into today. People like you starting to get annoying

      • how dare you disrespect me and next time
        you attack people on this site I will have
        you reported and flagged .



        • who is attacking you?

      • Your comment is irrelevant, musician talent has nothing to do with getting with the times, or being behind the times.

        Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Ty Dolla $ign is literally noise and horrible attempts at writing lyrics.

        People like you who seem to think that they are some sort of musical geniuses are starting to get annoying.

        • Didn’t say they were musical geniuses. I’m certain that they’re better than your classical music or whatever. The song is bad sure but the musician behind it aren’t. But you wouldn’t know that since a YOU DON’T LISTEN TO THEIR MUSIC

          • You don’t know what I listen to, way to prove a new level of ignorance on your behalf.

            You’re right however I do listen to their music, because it’s not music, it’s talentless dribble. You can throw the word “musician” around all you want, doesn’t mean it will stick.

            • Don’t listen**

              • Are you serious rn? First off this is the first you’ve heard of them. Second it’s a song made for a kids movie produced by Paramount. Listen to THEIR music not the TMNT theme song. And call me ignorant again I’m begging you

                • Keep making assumptions, and you’ll keep proving yourself ignorant.
                  I have heard of them, heard of them long before this article, and they aren’t good, they aren’t musicians, they are dribble, talentless dribble. Come back when you can prove they aren’t crap.

  25. the reason of the ageing 90′s rapstar
    is making all the noise because he was
    not asked to be in it people should realise
    when he was in the second film back in the 90′s
    attitudes was different back then that was then
    and studio execs do not want an replica of classic
    films they do not want camp cheese superheroes anymore
    they want the hero’s to be darker and edgier and not
    enticing throwbacks to the past and want to move on .



    • You do know and understand Ninja Turtles was dark and edgy originally right?
      Ice is a washed up Juggalo who has nothing better to do then b**** about not being asked to do things, because frankly nobody wants to be associated with him, or with any juggalo for that matter.

  26. Shell Shocked is definitely a garbage song filled with elementary references to the turtles, Ice is right about it just being a corporate-created cash grab. All that said, the same goes for “Ninja Rap”, he has absolutely no room to talk at all. If anyone should’ve made a song for the soundtrack, it’s Black Hippy. Those 4 know how to take a concept they’ve been given, and actually make a song with some depth to it, maybe each rap from a turtle’s perspective. Kendrick Lamar is Leo, Ab-Soul is Donatello, Schoolboy Q is Michelangelo, and Jay Rock is Ralph. and I could see the instrumental having this ninjitsu hip-hop vibe to it kind of like some of the Wu-Tang Clan’s stuff.

  27. Oh man, my sides! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  28. My .02 from an OG
    I remember when the comics came out b/c my then roommate, now a collectors store owner, showed them to me.
    Never saw the first two movies, so I can’t compare the songs, sorry.
    The only artist in the latest song I’ve ever heard of is Wiz Khalifa.
    I thoroughly enjoyed the latest version of the movie.
    I just watched a video with the lyrics and I submit that the song is perfectly appropriate.
    The theme of the song, and the movie is that despite our differences, we succeed because we are family and we stick together.
    Remember when April figures out the symbols (for “family”) that are being left at the thwarted crime scenes?
    BTW the next movie comes out on June 3, 2016.

  29. What about MC Hammer and “This is What We Do” which he released unto the first TMNT flick! Hammer was intelligent enough to recognize the importance of having the base theme song backed up with a supporting array of custom tunes that fit the storyline better than that stupid dance off. I say Go Hammer Go Hammer GO!

    • yeah, the new song is just like all modern rap..just a bunch of dudes bragging about money….that they probably don’t even have….i think the song was paid for by the shredder to recruit little kids into the foot clan…