- This old-school rap song is famous for the chant, "The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire. We don't need no water, let the motherf--ker burn." While the chant has been used in movies, dance competitions and live shows by various Funk or Rap artists (It's a staple of P-funk shows), the song remains fairly obscure.
The famous chant does not appear on the record - it was something Rockmaster Scott had the people shout back only at live shows. Back in the day of true old school rap, you didn't record curse words on your track for fear radio stations wouldn't play your songs. If you were a B-boy, you pretty much would only swear live to get a pop from the fly girls.
One of Rockmaster Scott's "Dynamic Three" was none other than Slick Rick. Rockmaster gave him his start, before he made the jump to become Doug E Fresh's hype-man and later a solo artist of his own. He is most known today for climbing the rap charts with "La-di-Dah-di We Like To Party," a song that was covered many years latter by Snoop Dogg. (thanks, Kenny Casanova for above 2)
The Bloodhound Gang used the chant as the basis for their 1996 song "Fire Water Burn." This song was used in the Michael Moore movie Fahrenheit 9/11.
Some of the song that have sampled this: "Hey Boy Hey Girl" by The Chemical Brothers, "Cool Breeze On The Rocks" by De La Soul, "More Than U Know" by Prince Paul.
Label: Re ality, Danya Records
Catalog#: D -239, D-239
Format: Vinyl , 12", 33 1/3 RPM
Re leased: 1985
Genre: Electronic, Hip Hop
Style: Electro, Hip Hop
Credits: Engine er [Mixing] - Julian Herzfeld
Producer, Arranged By, Mixed By - Jerry Bloodrock
Written-B y - C. Pettiford* , G. Wigfall* , R. Fowler*
Notes: A Bloodrock Production.
Publish ed by Anjue Music - ASCAP.
(P) 1985, Reality RecordsCenterlabel
side A: This is a Re-recorded version (April 1985) Previously unreleased.
Warning Sexually Explicit Lyrics.
Original Diecut sleeve reads: Released through Danya Records Ltd.
Jacket made in Canada
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