A common insult tossed at rap is that it is exactly like the WWE meaning that the reality we see and hear from the rappers is manufactured and fake. Rapper beef only exists to sell records and give hip-hop an edge that it would not have you could shine an illuminating light on the factory-processing underbelly of the music industry.
There is a certain amount of truth to rap music’s comparison with professional wrestling. After all, hip-hop does feature colorful often theatrical characters. They both blend reality with carefully curated narrative fiction and they both have detractors who would deny each respective medium, it’s proper place amongst American artforms. However, I choose not to see those comparisons as a negative. First of all, pro wrestling is effin’ awesome and you are a philistine if you cannot appreciate the intricate beauty of well-crafted match. Secondly, how often can you seen a grown man get tossed of a 30-foot steel cage into a table and get up to wrestle a match. Spectacle is spectacle, people.
The intersection of pro-wrestling and hip-hop has also taken place within the WWE, too. Professional wrestling has been using hip-hop as one of the most important parts of their show for years, the entrance. Many wrestlers use rap songs as the music they march to the ring to before they go to battle. Hell, the face of the WWE for the last decade, John Cena, started his career out as a thuggish white rapper that would run his opponent’s down on the mic. XXL has compiled a list of wrestling’s greatest hip-hop entrance themes for you.