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Two and a half decades ago Capcom changed the lives of video game fans forever when they released the game Street Fighter in 1987.  The head-to-head fighter was a modest hit until the sequel, “Street Fighter II”, was released in 1991. Once denizens of the arcades got the hang of the button press and joystick movements needed to make their favorite World Warriors inflict maximum amounts of damage a cult following was born.

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Original “Street Fighter”

“Street Fighter II”

The legend only spread once “Street Fighter II “was released to game consoles like Super Nintendo in 1992. From that point Ken, Ryu and Chun Li, to Zangief, E. Honda and Blanka the classic SF characters became embedded in the lexicon of rappers eager for new ways to express how they dismantle opponents.  In celebration of StreetFighter25 we’ve listed one for each year of Street Fighter’s awesomeness with some help from the folks at Rapgenius.com.

Organized Konfusion – Thirteen

Electrify the sky

As if I was Blanka

Kids follow me and my Phillies like Willy Wonka

Craig Mack – Do You Have What it Takes?

Made by Willy Wonka

Zangief’ll hit you harder than a Tonka

Truck bet a buck USSR will stomp ya

Jeru the Damaja (Ft. Afu-Ra) – Mental Stamina

Electrocute like Blanka

Collaborate, all my words into verses

I instill the will without even curses

Asher Roth – Trash Minutes

Something similar to Sonic

Street Fighter 2, motherfucker, you, who want it?

You could be Ryu

Willow Smith (Ft. Nicki Minaj) – Fireball

Yeah you’re girly kinda

Ok I’m the street fighter, call me Chun-Li

Erick Sermon (Ft. Keith Murray & Redman) – Open Fire

The lyrical Street Fighter call me Sagat

Blazin hot, like a bullet from somebody gettin shot

Mickey Factz – Diamond Dust

Gonna respond, then why you read it for?

Art galleries and rap battles

Super Street Fighter IV, bad

Papoose – 6 Foot 7 Foot (freestyle)

With Sega, eatin’ since the Reagan-era

Man, I’m off the wall like Street Fighter, play with Vega

Meek Mill (Ft. Rick Ross & T.I.) – Rose Red (remix)

Rather run deep

We still ridin dirty like my nigga bun-b

Kick it old school, street fighter, chun li

Nicki Minaj (Ft. Cam’ron & Rick Ross) – I Am Your Leader

Look sucker, this my gun butter

Street fighter bitches, this the up cutter

Nunchucka’, no time

Lupe Fiasco – Gold Watch

I love Street Fighter 2, I just really hate Zangief

Only Ken and Ryu I find it hard to beat Blanka

Drake (Ft. Nickelus F) – A Scorpio’s Mind

Blaka Shock em like Blanka from Street Fighter, heat got a

Hurricane kick, murder everything quick

Lil Wayne – Rollin

Wild as Ryu, I hit you with that Hadouken

My money too long, nigga, My weed too strong, nigga

Gym Class Heroes – ’85

This belt just keeps bringin’ me back

And every minute is like a tiger uppercut from Sagat

Wyclef Jean (Ft. Lauryn Hill) – Guantanamera

Pac Woman better yet Space Invader

If your name was Chun-Li, we’d be playin Street Fighter

Naughty By Nature – Yoke The Joker 1

Taunted by no one

If I was born in Chun-Li’s temple I would’ve turned out a shogun

Chamillionaire – Swagga Like Koop

Crocodile on the seats, you could call it Dundee

Kickers in the trunk tryin’ to do the Chun-Li

Smoke DZA (Ft. Curren$y) – Baleedat

We don’t wife em, no time to enlighten

We just pipe em, slide like M. Bison

Riff Raff – Larry Bird

Keep me cold, slide like M.Bison

Broke these hoes off, concealed a hand gun license

Jedi Mind Tricks (Ft. Esoteric & Virtuoso) – Death March

We slap tracks and attack like M. Bison

Ilohem, fuck the pagans we mark them

XV – End Of The World

These lines that they hate on

Spit on tracks like simple jack and then kick back like Fei Long

FLA$H GORDON – Mushroom Kingdom 2.0

Hadokens from Ryu and a Beast Roll from Blanka with

A Zangief Powerbomb and spinning Jin Kazama kicks

[Raekwon the Chef] ” Visionz”

To conquer, stomp ya like that cat Blanka

Toy Tonka truck ten carat on ya monsta

Stick Up Kids – “Tiger Upper Cut”

[Verse 1: J Rob]

Yo girl like Guile with her bra off, Flat top

I’m spitting for the have-not and want-tos

Page Kennedy – Slaughterhouse Shady Cypher

And when I’m done throw a radio and Blanka in her bath water

That’s what I call the electric slide.

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