Song Review: Partners In Kryme – “Turtle Power”

“Turtle Power” was released as a single from the soundtrack for the 1990 live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. The single was released on April 13, 1990, and peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

I was 15 years old and in the ninth grade when this single was released. It’s a rap song about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. While I wasn’t a fan of the property at the time, the song itself was just so catchy that it became a guilty pleasure. Unfortunately for Partners In Kryme, they became a one-hit wonder of the 1990s with this song. I have to admit that 25 years later, the music on this track is still rather catchy. The lyrics are on the corny side, but the music’s still cool. Sadly, the lyrics erroneously say that Raphael is the leader of the group, which isn’t true; Leonardo leads them. Oh well.

The music video incorporates footage from the movie, the artist lip-syncing the song, and scenes with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles interacting with Partners In Kryme. Yeah, let’s just say that this music video didn’t age very well. You look at it and you can tell that it’s from the early 1990s.


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