It’s not hard to puzzle out why YouTube videos matching up hip-hop classics and footage of the Muppets work so well: aside from the inherent comic value of hardcore rap being performed by these family favorites, Muppet performers are just opening and closing mouths, which makes the “lip sync” considerably easier. We’ve previously seen Jim Henson’s iconic characters “covering” the Beastie Boys, Biz Markie, Digital Underground, and Naughty By Nature, but the newest Muppet mash-up video from YouTuber Animal Robot is particularly timely, considering the recent (unsurprising!) box-office success of a certain hip-hop biopic.
Dubbing them “M.W.A.” (Muppets Wit’ Attitude), AR’s video takes N.W.A.’s classic “Express Yourself” and matches it up, in true hip-hop video style, with both a running storyline (Kermit and Fozzie on a road trip, pulled from The Muppet Movie) and performance footage of Fozzie rocking the mic. The results are downright ingenious (bonus points for the cutaway to Dr. Honeydew and Beaker on the “some drop science” line).
Check it out: