Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three

The Roof Is on Fire

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Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three's "The Roof Is on Fire" didn't even crack the Top 40 of the R&B/hip-hop singles chart when it was released in 1985. The fact that the group's "Request Line" fared much better (it nearly cracked the Top 20) is all the more odd when considering that it didn't provide the hip-hop world with an endlessly repeated phrase. "The roof! The roof! The roof is on fire!" and its following lines continued to be recalled and reused decades after it first appeared on wax. The crew's instrumental backing is little more than a beat and a synthetic handclap track, but like so many other old school rap singles, it proved that a song didn't need many elements to be catchy and exciting.