#Throwback | Singing Fools – The Bum Rap / The Apocalypso [Video]
Ottawa, ON – This is likely a newly discovered piece of Canadian hip-hop history for many people since it dropped in the very early 80’s. “The Bum Rap” by Ottawa’s Singing Fools rap duo first aired on Carleton University’s CKCU radio station in November of 1982 and the music video followed shortly after. The song was inspired by the Canadian government’s wage and price control programs that were launched with the release of a lame promotional single composed and performed by a government finance minister. Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five should also be recognized as a point of inspiration for the group and their single.
It might not be the greatest piece of Canadian hip-hop music to see the light of day but it definitely has some historical significance as it is touted as the first Canadian hip-hop single to be released. It predates Canada’s first hip-hop radio program, The Fantastic Voyage, and dropped long before Maestro’s legendary Symphony in Effect album. Singing Fools consists of Tim Dunlop and Kevin Murphy, who is now an Ottawa-based criminal lawyer. The group went on to gain national recognition for their dance record, “The Apocalypso,” which is also available for viewing after the jump link. Big shouts to HipHopCanada friend and supporter, GMac, for the find.
Singing Fools – The Bum Rap
Singing Fools – The Apocalypso
“At approximately 1:37 seconds, you can see the first appearance by then Mayor of Ottawa, Marion Dewar, ‘doing the Apocalypso’ with Carly Morris in August 1984.”
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