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"The Rap" is the song that starts off the second act of Starlight Express. It has had numerous re-writes, all named "The Rap", so for clarity, they are referred to by prominent lyrics. When Starlight Express was revised in 1992, a new rap was written to replace "The Rap: Hey You!" This version is "Check It Out, Can You Believe This?"

Context

At the end of Act 1, Rusty has been nominated to take Poppa's place in "The Big One" - the race final. All the characters come together to voice their opinions on who's going to win, who should race with who. Different trains appear from all over the theatre and as they skate around, they engage with the audience.

The original 1984 version of The Rap: Hey You! was very much involved with the plot point of Rusty having lost Heat Two, so was disqualified, but Poppa won Heat Three and so had a place in the final - could Poppa nominate someone who had already lost? But with the 1992 revamp, the third race was cut, so the plot point became irrelevant. Instead, all the characters boast and show off, and argue about who races with who.

Other Versions

Because Red Caboose was not cut from productions other than the 1992 London revamp, lines were written for him, replacing Electra's taunting Greaseball for having Dinah still on his lead. These productions include the Las Vegas production, the German production, and the Mexican production.

In Las Vegas the rap started immediately after Rusty finished singing "Starlight Express" leaving no intermission. The Rockies were given an additional line in this version.

When the Hip Hoppers were introduced in Germany in 2006, they were still using the "Check It Out, Can You Believe This" rap. As the Rockies were now gone, they used the introduction to the US/UK tour rap, "What Time Is It? It's Race Time!" prior to replacing the whole number.

Lyrics

London 1992

Rockies: Lead to the left and box to the right,
The Rockies in the house, we're here tonight.
R.O.C.K.I.E.S.
Put your hands together, you know we're the best!
Greaseball & Gang: Motivatin'!
Acceleratin'!
Devastatin'!
Galvinatin'!
Diesel! D-d-d-diesel!
Components: E.L.E.C, Elec-electricity,
Electricity is not for free.
Electra: So don't mess with me!
Components: So don't mess with me!
Rockies: Who's in the house?
Rocky One, Two, Three yo!
Who's in the house?
Rocky One, Two, Three yo!
The Rockies' got a rhyme, and it goes like this!
Are you ready?
Ready, check it out, check it out,
Are you ready?
Ready, check it out, check it out.
Are you ready?
All: Ready!
Rockies: Are you ready for the big one?
All: Ready!
Rockies: Are you ready for the big one starting any minute?
We're in it, you gotta be in it to win it.
Gotta be in the frame if you're gonna win the game,
are you ready for the big one?
All: Ready!
Coaches & Trucks: Check it out, check it out,
Can you believe this?
Check it out, check it out!
Can you believe this?
Components: Hey I make Electra the one they gotta beat,
Gang: Nah, Diesel's wicked!
Coaches: Yeah Diesel's sweet,
Poppa: Hey what about Rusty?
All: You can't be serious!
Greaseball: Haven't got a chance against his superiors.
Rockies: Check it out boy.
All: Are you ready for the big one starting any minute?
We're in it, you gotta be in it to win it.
Gotta be in the frame if you're gonna win the game,
are you ready for the big one? Ready!
Are you ready for the big one? Ready!
All: Are you ready for the big one? Ready!
Rusty: If I were the winner of tonight's big fight,
Pearl would come back,
Dustin: Yeah that's right!
Flat-Top: Well then win it, That's all you gotta do.
Electra: Hey Greaseball, I'm talkin' to you.
You still got that Dinah hanging on a lead?
A new set of wheels is what you need.
Coaches & Trucks: Check it out!
Are you ready for the big one?
Ready! Check it out!
Are you ready for the big one?
Ready!
Check it out, check it out,
Can you believe this?
Check it out, check it out,
Can you believe this?
Check it out, check it out,
Can you believe this?
Check it out, check it out,
Can you believe this?
Greaseball: Any car here, Any car you can see would be proud.
Gang: Yeah proud!
Greaseball: To ride with me,
Rusty: But not Pearl.
Greaseball: Oh no? Pearl's like every other,
she knows I'm a fast moving mother,
Pearl knows she's a winner, she won't risk
losing the race with that floppy disk.
All: Check it out, check it out,
can you believe this?
Check it out, check it out,
can you believe this?
Dinah: Greaseball stop it,
Greaseball: Shut it Dinah,
Electra: All my software is designer,
Greaseball: Pearl you know that he don't cut it,
Dinah: Greaseball stop it!
All: Dinah shut it!
Greaseball: Pearl come on, it's time to choose,
You wanna boil with the oil or lose with the fuse?
Rocky: Swing it!
All: Are you ready for the big one?
Ready!
Are you ready for the big one starting any minute?
We're in it, you gotta be in it to win it,
unless your name's in the frame you ain't in the game.
Ready for the big one? Ready!
Check it out, check it out!
Can you believe this?
Check it out, check it out!
Can you believe this?
Are you ready for the big one starting any minute?
We're in it, you gotta be in it to win it.
Unless your name's in the frame you ain't in the game.
Ready for the big one?
Ready for the big one?
Ready!

Las Vegas 1993

(Version incorporates Caboose)

All: Are you ready for the big one? Ready!
Rusty: If I were the winner of tonight's big fight Pearl would come back.
Dustin: Yeah that's right!
Flat-Top: Well then win it, That's all you gotta do.
Red Caboose: Hey Rusty, I'll help you through!
Electra: Hey Caboose, your wire's not turned on!
Greaseball: Just remember who's side you're on!

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