10 Hip-Hop Songs That Reference Popular Video Games

10. Wu-Tang Clan - Triumph (1997)

Wu-Tang had already hit it big by the time 1997's double disc Wu-Tang Forever dropped. But their references to Chinese martial arts, samples from classic martial arts films and dense lines made them stand out as representative of east coast rap.

Inspectah Deck takes the first verse and towards the end, spits:

"Behold the bold soldier, control the globe slowly,

Proceeds to blow, swinging swords like Shinobi,

Stomp grounds and pound footprints in solid rocks,

Wu got it locked, performing live on your hottest block."

By then, Shinobi had receded somewhat as one of SEGA's flagship franchises, with Shinobi X/Legions hitting the Saturn in 1995. Indeed the word ninja was more popular in the western world than Shinobi anyway, but Wu-Tang are never artists to shy away from intricate rhyme patterns.


Bryan Langley’s first self-bought console was the sublime Super Nintendo and he hasn’t ever stopped using his opposable thumbs since. He is based in Bristol, UK and is still searchin' for them glory days he never had.