Like Vanilla Ice before them, Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J and Ty Dolla $ign are paying tribute to Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael in the form of a ear-busting new track, “Shell Shocked,” which will appear in the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot.
Produced by Kill the Noise and Madsonik and featuring a commanding hook by Los Angeles singer-songwriter Moxie Raia, “Shell Shocked” is a EDM-infused hip-hop track that finds Wiz, Juicy J and Ty barking about brotherhood and littering their lyrics with TMNT references. “All this green in my pockets/ You can call it turtle power,” rhymes Juicy J. Things start to look a little bleak, however, when, near the end of the third verse, no one’s even mentioned pizza — but luckily Ty Dolla $ign swoops in at the last minute with, “Give me the whole pie, real cheesy” (this line, however, is promptly followed by a couplet equating being a good friend with passing around women, which is pretty depressing for a song associated with a beloved children’s franchise).
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“I actually have Donatello tattooed on my leg, so when they asked me to do it, just being a fan and being a musician, it made sense,” Wiz Khalifa said in a statement. “In my generation, I think everyone who listens to me loves the Turtles as much as I do.”
The Hollywood Reporter also has the new trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which can be watched below. The new clip is packed with even more half-shelled heroism and sewer skateboarding, and also features the first solid look at the Turtles’ metallic arch-nemesis, Shredder. It’s a whole lot of, to quote Will Arnett’s character, “Four turtles fighting a robot samurai — why not?”
Along with Arnett, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stars Megan Fox, William Fichtner and Whoopi Goldberg, while Johnny Knoxville will lend his voice to Leonardo and Tony Shalhoub will handle the role of the Turtles’ rat sensei, Splinter. Produced by Michael Bay and directed by Jonathan Liebesman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens in theaters on August 8th.