If things seem a little more heroic around you than usual, it’s because today marks the start of the 2012 New York Comic-Con. The NYCC is one of the nation’s biggest comic conventions, attracting fans, artists, industry types and celebrities from all over the entertainment world. The lines waiting for autographs and seminars are going to be long, so we’ve done you the solid of coming with a Super Hero themed playlist to help make the wait a tad easier.
Method Man – “The Riddler” 1995
Thanks to Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose,” the Batman Forever soundtrack is most likely a part of you or a loved one’s music collection. Also on it is a shining piece of mid-90s RZA-produced Wu-Tang greatness, “The Riddler” by Method Man.
Jurassic 5 – “It’s Clobberin’ Time” 2005
While not making the cut for the official Fantastic Four motion picture soundtrack, neo-old school rap outfit Jurassic 5’s “It’s Clobberin’ Time” found itself a home on the film’s officially licensed video game. For more Fantastic Four rap-endeavors, we would like to draw your attention to The Thing’s own attempt at rapping from the team’s mid-90s cartoon show.
The Flaming Lips – “The Supreme Being Teaches Spider-Man How to Love” 2007
People love to hate the third entry in the Sam Raimi directed Spider-Man franchise, but if one thing can legitimize its existence, it’s The Flaming Lips’ “The Supreme Being Teaches Spider-Man How to Love.” The highlight of the film’s soundtrack, it chronicles Muhammad Ali teaching everybody’s favorite web-head how to truly love by boxing him. With Spider-Man first debuting in 1962, it’s amazing it took this long for such a song to be written.
Ghostface Killah – “Slept on Tony” 2008
Ghostface has been using Iron Man imagery for years. His alias is Tony Starks. He called his debut Iron Man. He has a brief and crafty cameo in the Iron Man movie too, where a video for his song “Slept on Tony” can be seen playing in a scene. On the track, Ghost fittingly takes his Tony Starks parallels to their ultimate extreme.
Nyle – “X-Man” 2009
If you like your comic book-themed songs riddled with name drops and references AND you’re an X-Men fan, stop drilling, you’ve struck oil. Philly MC Nyle, most known for his “Let the Beat Build” viral video a few years back, served up this tribute to one of his favorite franchises, all in the guise of song about an all-too-common relationship problem. It affects us all, bub.
Nacho Picasso & Blue Sky Black Death – “Marvel” 2011
Finally, last year saw Seattle rap artist Nacho Picasso team up with production duo Blue Sky Black Death for their fantastic comic tribute “Marvel.” A true ode to the imprint, Nacho brings his mischievous stream-of-conscience flow to utilize many of the most beloved characters in the Marvel Universe while conveying the simple joys of being a comic fan.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 11, 2012