Creating a rap album is similar to writing a screenplay. Each song ought to segue with fluidity, but sometimes it doesn’t. Thankfully, hip-hop artists created “skits”—little whimsical quips that wedge in between or before certain tracks to help bring the composition together.
Many classic hip-hop artists including from Ice-T to the Notorious B.I.G. have included skits, as little vignettes that help you escape from “listening” to the album.
One producer/artist who always knows how to make a good skit is Dr. Dre, whose original version of The Chronic featured several classics, including “Deeez Nuuuts” and “The $20 Sack Pyramid,” which he later reprised in the music video for “Let Me Ride.”
Some artists have even became known for using these skits as intros and outros for their songs. Meanwhile, other groups, such as De La Soul, would even go as far as to make an album filled with skits. The rap trio’s sophomore album, De La Soul is Dead,“ included a “read-along” book for listeners. That is why at the end of every track, including “Oodles of O’s” and “Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey),” you can hear a distinct tone signaling to turn the page.
While unfortunately neither Dr. Dre, nor De La Soul, are currently available on streaming services, we’ve managed to compile a list of our Top 15 “other” rap skits of all time.
1) Cypress Hill – “Dr. Greenthumb”
This classic cartoonish sounding sketch is all about growing pot and not getting caught. It’s a song that not only speaks to one’s inner stoner, but it speaks to some of our favorite commercials as well. “From seeds to clone and the best homegrown,” Dr. Greenthumb tells us before trying to sell us on his “sizzlean screens” and instructing listeners to “dial 1-800-713-GROW.”
2) Wu-Tang Clan – “Method Man”
Whenever I hear the intro to this track, I can’t help but picture Dave Chappelle in a hospital gown trying to tell police who “tortured” him. When he gets to the part about hitting him in the nuts with a spiked bat like “blau!” I just can’t help it, I just end up cracking up laughing every time.
The track is actual savage as fuck. And because it fronts one of the most well-known Wu-Tang Clan tracks, it is undoubtedly one of the most notorious intro skits of all time.
3) Notorious B.I.G. feat. The Mad Rapper [Prod. DJ Premier] – “Kick in the Door”
The Mad Rapper goes off on Biggie Smalls in this skit featured on his posthumous album Life After Death. When a member of the studio audience asks him, “why you so mad,” he continues with his rant, going off on how B.I.G. is getting all the attention even though he only put out one album prior.
4) Danger Doom – “Sofa King”
Featuring a clip from Adult Swim’s late-night cartoon, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, the skit opens with “Billywitchdoctor.com” who plays a practical joke on Master Shake, Frylock, Meatwad, and Carl on this MF Doom rap surrounding the phrase, “I Am Sofa King We Todd Ed.”
5) Mannie Fresh – “Dinner Lude”
This hidden gem is one of the several hilarious anecdotes featured on The Many Faces of Mannie Fresh. The skit centers around a couple at dinner. After ordering an expensive course for herself, her date interjects. Another brilliant skit is “Swingers and Singers,” where we hear the PA announcer at the club detail the featured entertainment. “Coming to the stage tonight for your listening pleasure. We couldn’t afford Keith Sweat but we got Sweaty Keith for ya.”
6 & 7) Handsome Boy Modeling School – “Intro” & “Outro” feat. Father Guido Sarducci
Comedian Don Novello reprises his chain-smoking priest persona from Saturday Night Live, Father Guido Sarducci, for DJ Prince Paul and Dan the Automator‘s 2004 album, White People, from their collaborative side-project, Handsome Boy Modeling School.
8) Dr. Octagon – “A Visit to the Gynecologist”
This skit from Kool Keith, a.k.a. Dr. Octagon, is like a nightmarish trip to the doctor’s office from hell. The Manish sounding gynecologist visit gone wrong sounds like an outtake from a bad ’70s horror film which suddenly takes a twist when the producer, Dan the Automator, breaks it down.
9) Big Pun – “Pakinamac Skit”
“Pakin’ a Mac [10 or 11] in the back of the Att?” Still not sure what that means but I know that Big Pun manages to rhyme it to the tune of the William Tell Overture in this classic skit off Capital Punishment.
10) Redman – “Chickenhead Convention”
From Redman‘s 1996 album, Muddy Waters, the skit is about a fake event at Jones Beach in New York, with this very boujee chick talking about other chicks in “DKNY and Moschino.” If that isn’t funny enough, the constant chicken “cluck” noises in the background certainly will get you laughing.
11) DMX – “Prayer Skit”
We all know that DMX is a very pious person, or at the very least that he reads the bible every day. So, naturally, on his 1998 debut album, It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot, we hear the Ruff Ryders rapper recite a short prayer without any music.
12) Juelz Santana – “Dipset (Santana’s Town) Skit”
On his 2003 debut, From Me To U, from Roc-A-Fella Records, Harlem rapper Juelz Sanatana goes off joining Diplomats to Monique Garnett and ByrdGang co-founder Freekey Zekey. The most ironic part is the skit follows the track “Wherever I Go” features Jim Jones and proceeds into his debut single, “Dipset (Santana’s Town) featuring Cam’ron.
13) Ice T – “Black ‘N’ Decker”
Ice-T goes off about gangster rap in this “graphic” commentary from his 1989 album, The Iceberg: Freedom of Speech… Just Watch What You Say, in which he wonders about what it would sound like to use a power drill on somebody.
14) Ludacris – “Skit” [The Red Light District]
The 55-second-long skit starts when Ludacris calls up his chick. She picks up, when suddenly this dude grabs the phone and starts spouting off about how he’s an “O.G.” and asks “Luda who?” When he figures it out he instantly forgets that he was calling his girl.
15) Outkast – “Welcome To Atlanta [Interlude]”
You really feel like you’re flying into Hartsfield International Airport as the Captain comes on the PA system and shares that they call Atlanta “the new Motown of the South.” The track from Outkast‘s 1994 debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, also shouts out communities like East Point and College Park, which they say is “home of the red dogs, rap cats, and robbin’ crew.”
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