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21 iconic musicians who were influenced by PaRappa The Rapper

Last week Sony announced it’s releasing a special 20th anniversary version of PaRappa The Rapper for PS4, featuring enhanced 4K visuals.

For those not in the know, PaRappa The Rapper was a 1996 PlayStation game that is considered to be one of the first modern examples of the rhythm action genre.

What’s less discussed, however, is the sheer number of iconic musical artists who took inspiration from the lyrics in PaRappa The Rapper.

Below are 21 examples of legendary musicians, all sadly no longer with us, of whom PaRappa’s influence is clear in their lyrics or writings.

I’m sure they’re still kicking and punching in that big dojo in the sky.

leonard-cohen

joe-strummer

notorious-big

whitney-houston

elvis-presley

louis-armstrong

sid-vicious

freddie-mercury

george-harrison

bing-crosby

barry-white

bob-marley

jim-morrison

joey-ramone

tupac-shakur

amy-winehouse

jimi-hendrix

michael-jackson

dean-martin

jeff-buckley

kurt-cobain

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