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, as it took years for the chant to enter the pop culture landscape.
The group was from the Bronx, and gained notoriety performing around the East Coast and at local block parties. They recorded just three songs: "It's Life (You Gotta Think Twice)" in 1983, followed by "Request Line" and "The Roof Is On Fire." One of the members was Greg Wigfall, who left in 1985 and became a Connecticut state trooper, while the other members continued to perform. When we spoke with Greg about the song
, he told us: "Back in the early part of '83, as a group, we came together and we put the song together, wrote the lyrics and everything. And that was it. It was a real simple song. It wasn't a difficult write."