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Aww... I was planning to make this video my first post when UT came back online, but wonderboy82-2 beat me to it.

Could this be the "Spadina Bus" of 2008?
 

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Damn it, I came here to post this. They show express just the right mix of love and disappointment.

These guys should be invited for the next Transit Camp or conference dealie.
 

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I think the London Underground song by the Amateur Transplants is much better.
We were on a train from London to Edinburgh when a bunch of rowdy Newcastle fans came on board after a big victory against Chelsea and the one guy had this song on his phone and after a few plays all his buddies were singing it. It's probably not the most appropriate song to be singing on a train with children/old people, but it's good nonetheless...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYVJSOFZxDE
 

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Toronto Star

TTC an unlikely muse for aspiring entertainer

December 09, 2008
TESS KALINOWSKI
TRANSPORTATION REPORTER

It's been 22 years since the Shuffle Demons released their classic, "Spadina Bus" and nearly half a century since 1950's "The Subway Song" celebrated the opening of the Yonge line.

Now there's a new ode to Toronto transit, a rap song and video called, "I Get On (The TTC)," that has been attracting thousands of hits on YouTube and social networking sites since it was posted Dec. 4 by a couple of 21-year-old performers from Scarborough.

The affectionate, light-hearted look at the city's quintessential ride on the Rocket, was written, performed and shot by Humber College student Syrus, whose real name is Rudolph Anthony Watson.

His friend, Randal 4Man (Randal Paul Medford), a former MuchMusic intern and graduate of Centennial College, assisted with the video shoot, back-up vocals and 10 hours worth of editing on the project.

Shot in late November, the video is a playful parody of American rapper Young Jeezy's, "I Put On For My City," a song Syrus loved.

Instead of convertibles and scantily clad women, the Toronto duo's version features scenes from Keele and Kipling stations, the 43 Kennedy bus and the TTC stop near Syrus's home.

In one scene, Syrus spills a deck of Metropasses from his pocket. In another, Randal is shown chasing a bus down the road after it fails to stop for him.

"I take the subway from Kennedy to Kipling on a daily basis. I've got nothing to do basically and I'm in comedy writing so I figure I might as well take the hour and a half and write some stuff," said Syrus, an aspiring comedic actor, who is studying comedic performance at Humber College.

The video has caught on because so many people can relate to the content, he said.

"Everybody has their individual experiences on (the TTC) but you've got to love it because it's convenient and you see funny stuff all the time, which is why I wrote about it," said Syrus, who says he has seen it all, from fighting couples and the mentally ill to people sitting and standing too close and digging in their ears.

Randal, who wants to direct, act and produce films, says he can't sit down on the bus or subway without falling asleep. But once, standing on a packed Dufferin bus from the Caribana parade for more than an hour, he and a friend engaged their fellow passengers in a loud debate on the difference between the sexes.

"The whole bus got into it. It was the most entertaining bus ride I've been on in my life," he said.

The pair knew they were onto something last Friday, a day after Randal had posted the video on his YouTube page.

That morning Syrus noted 726 hits. By the time he went to bed, "I Get On," had attracted 4,262 viewers.

A new version of the video was posted Dec. 9, deleting a brief homophobic slur that appeared in the original and was causing controversy online. Syrus and Randal say it was meant as a joke but when they realized it was offensive they moved as quickly as possible to take it out of the video.

TTC chair Adam Giambrone, who happened to ride the Dufferin bus with Randal on Sunday following an awards reception, is supportive of their effort.

"This song, along with a lot of the other pop presentations of the TTC, all confirm the fact that the TTC is important to the day-to-day lives of people. That comes through not only in terms of pop culture references but in ideas and positions people articulate," he said.
 

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A new version of the video was posted Dec. 9, deleting a brief homophobic slur that appeared in the original and was causing controversy online. Syrus and Randal say it was meant as a joke but when they realized it was offensive they moved as quickly as possible to take it out of the video.

Geez. It's unfortunate that they put that in there. I didn't even notice. Glad that they quickly removed it.

Link to the new version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-Ky7dQLuNg
 

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I don't think Syrus meant the slur to be offensive.

He explained it on the Torontoist boards here as being a parody of the "hyper-masculinity of the rap/hip hop scene."
 

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Toronto YouTube Video

Hey all -- This is an incredible video of two young Toronto guys putting on a great song about the TTC called "I Get on for the TTC" -- it's a cover of Young Jeezy's "I Put on for My City."

Well done and some hilarious moments:

"Trying to catch some Z's; you know Kipling station's really far. Hey-- are you going far? Yeah man I'm going far"

"Yo that's not a napkin; I use that map to navigate.
If I make a wrong turn getting home then I'll be super late.
Move your leg over dawg; stop touching mine, I'm super straight.
It's obvious you're checking out her boobs; you're being super bait.
I hate people on the bus that feel the need to flatulate.
The TTC can be drag; other times it's super great."

"Gas price remedy: catch the 40 Kennedy"

"I don't think these TTC dudes know about stress.
They make me chase down the bus until I'm out of breath.
I've paid the fare for my day, but that don't mean shit
I see that man with a cane, but I won't let him set"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-Ky7dQLuNg&feature=related
 

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Yup. They expressing the feelings of the riders. A breath of reality instead of the extremist transit geek ideologue.
 

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