When Donkey Kong 64 released, Grant Kirkhope and George Andreas created the song “DK Rap” for it. However, The Super Mario Bros Movie credits don’t properly attribute the “DK Rap” to them. Instead, Kirkhope and reports from people who saw the movie show the credits only list it as being from the game, with no details about who composed or performed it.
Here’s Grant Kirkhope’s tweet that confirmed The Super Mario Bros Movie doesn’t include his name as composer for the “DK Rap” in the credits.
I was really looking forward to see my name in the credits for the DK Rap, but alas as expected it's not there …….. fml
— Grant Kirkhope (@grantkirkhope) April 5, 2023
Multiple people came forward with photographic proof of the credits. Koi Games Co-owner James Burt shared NintendoFanGirl’s picture. GameXplain Editor-in-Chief and Founder AndreSegers did so as well.
grabbed a pic of it tonight (cropped to avoid other song spoilers) Hope they can add proper credit in a future release pic.twitter.com/QZzZuTxdBB
— André (@AndreSegers) April 5, 2023
Ahead of The Super Mario Bros Movie launch, the inclusion of the song was teased. The official Twitter account for the film shared a video of Seth Rogan, who plays Donkey Kong, discussing it and offering commentary on the song’s original video.
The Super Mario Bros Movie is now available in theaters in North America.