I grew up loving Ninja Turtles. So I loved 1991 flick “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze” — and that meant I also loved the catchy “Ninja Rap,” performed by Vanilla Ice. It’s wasn’t particularly artistically groundbreaking, but a song catered so specifically to a movie is gonna have some constraints.
But that fact didn’t stop Vanilla Ice from critiquing “Shell Shocked,” by Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J and Ty Dolla $ign — more or less the 2014 equivalent of “Ninja Rap,” set to be included on the soundtrack for the upcoming “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie.
“With respect to all of the artists, the song doesn’t really do it for me,” the 46-year-old told GQ. “It feels a little artificial — what I mean by that is that it sounds like a bunch of executives in the corporate world put it together. It really does not fit the theme of the Ninja Turtles legend. I think you have to understand, and be a true Ninja, to possess the Magic to really pull off the secret sound.”
Judge for yourself by listening to both below.