Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do?) (6:42)

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Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do) was a song by British pop duo Wham!, released in 1983 on Innervision Records. It was written by George Michael, one half of the duo.

The song, which had been tentatively released in 1982 when Wham! were unknowns and failed to make any impact, was re-issued in January 1983 after the duo had achieved their breakthrough with “Young Guns (Go For It!)”.

Although rap was still an underground and almost exclusively American phenomenon in the early 1980s, the title of the song didn’t lie - George rapped a number of verses about the joys of living every day to the fullest, which meant that being gainfully employed was not an option, and ‘having fun with the boys down the (welfare) line’. The chorus asked the question “Do you enjoy what you do?”, which brought about the bracketed section of the title. The video depicted George and Andrew Ridgeley in their leather jackets, combining their moody image with a bright, effervescent choreography.

Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do) - the full version of which was almost seven minutes long - reached #8 in the UK singles chart, the second of four hits from Wham!’s debut album Fantastic. The duo would go on to enjoy four UK #1 hits before splitting at their height in 1986. On the flip side of their farewell single The Edge of Heaven was an updated version of the song, entitled Wham! Rap ‘86.

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