10 Martial Arts-Inspired Hip-Hop Videos – Let’s Kick It

While different, Nicki Minaj’s martial arts-inspired “Your Love” video is nothing new for hip-hop. For years rappers have let their infatuation with Asian culture shine through their videos. XXLMag takes a trip down memory lane and recalls 10 rap videos that pre-date Nicki’s newest clip.

WU-TANG CLAN “DA MYSTERY OF CHESSBOXIN’”
Whoever thought of arranging Shaolin ninjas on a chessboard is a genius. The sword brandishing to block out the song’s explicatives were a nice touch also. “Da Mystery of Chessboxin” clip is proof positive that when it comes to martial arts and hip-hop that Wu-Tang Clan ain’t nothin’ to fuck with.

BUSTA RHYMES “DANGEROUS”
Is Busta Rhymes the meanest, the prettiest (pause), the baddest, toughest low down in this town? That’s debatable, but when it comes to re-creating Hollywood blockbusters for his music videos, Bussa Buss is sho’ nuff the greatest. Take his clip for “Dangerous” as an example, where the Dungeon Dragon takes pieces of Lethal Weapon and mixes it with The Last Dragon for a classic result.

  • Anonymous

    While different, Nicki Minaj’s martial arts-inspired “Your Life” video….. isn’t her video and song called “Your Love” ???? SMH…. Just Sad

  • sparkcity911

    TIGER STYLE///////WU-TANG CLAN AINT NOTHING TO
    FUCK IT…..THEM NIGGAS(gods)PUT ME ON MY DEAN
    YO..WONTING TO KNOW WHAT THESE CATS WERE SPITIN
    ABOUT AN DIGGIN TO FIND OUT MADE ME SELF-AWARE
    AN PUT ME ON MY ISLAM TIP….

  • http://www.myspace.com/slotchmusic ms_spittuh

    ^^^lol…right. But that Mystery of Chessboxing Video was my shit at 7 years old man lol. I still know the words to it. i would get in trouble in school for rapping it n shit lol

  • El Tico Loco

    I just knew that the Fu Schnickens were gonna be here with “ring the alarm”.

  • P-Dub

    I can’t believe you included Vanilla Ice and didn’t mention “Hip Hop” by Dead Prez. DPs for Life

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