If you’re like us, you had a Sega Genesis and played Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat religiously back in the 90s. You argued with your buddies about who was better, Ken or Ryu (of course, Ken – that hurricane kick was deadly). Sub-Zero or Scorpion (come on now, Scorpion! Get over here!). You also had notebook paper full of combination and finishing moves. Although I don’t play it anymore, I am still reminded of how much ass kicking was done by the characters in that game by rappers comparing themselves to these individuals. I hear these references pretty often, I guess they were die-hards like we were too. Nonetheless, here are 10 quotes of rappers referencing Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat characters I caught on the fly.
if we cuddle, always use a hat like Kung Lao – XV “Go On Without Me”
still strong arming ni&&as, E.Honda style -Joe Budden “Warfare”
Ask my ni&&a Blocka, we be rolling up that Blanka -Ab Soul “Pineal Gland”
Wild as Ryu, I hit you with that Hadouken – Lil Wayne “Rollin”
“Dont playa hate cause I’ll let Lui Kang you” – Chamillionaire
you rapping with a blouse you get slapped upside the mouth by this Zangeiff lookalike -Action Bronson “Not Enough Words”
throwing bows like Johnny Cage -Guy from Crime Mob “knuck if you buck”
street fighter hoe, she had that Tiger-Uppercut – Wale “eye of the tiger”
I love Street Fighter 2, I just really hate Zangief / Only Ken and Ryu I find it hard to beat Blanka -Lupe Fiasco “Gold Watch”
I’m kickin’, pimpin’, like Liu Kang -Dose – Racks Remix
My favorite would probably be the Joe Budden line about E.Honda. What about you? Feel free to add more that you may have heard.