Let's all take a second to remember when 1D rapped to promote Up All Night

Back when they needed to promo stuff

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You know how nowadays One Direction will just chuck a single out on an absolute whim and kick back on their inflatable lilos and sip on a cocktail as the world goes absolutely mad for it? Well, life wasn't always like that.

Back in 2011, the boys were just like any other artist trying to get people to listen to their album - and one way that they tried to promo the thing was by creating an actual rap for it.

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Featuring Harry who was completely unprepared to make up a rap on the spot: "you should buy the album 'cos it's a very nice album", and Niall who tried to make listeners buy it for their mum, the finished product is actually quite brilliant. 

Well, in a weird nostalgic way, anyway. 

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Yeah, we can see why they never bothered going down the rap route.

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