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Kid 'N Play

Among the first groups to tame rap's hardcore mentality into a positive, message-oriented music suitable for teens and mass audiences, Kid 'n Play debuted in 1988 with the platinum album 2 Hype, which the duo later spun into a deal involving films and a Saturday-morning cartoon show, the first involving a rap act. Though their recording activity became limited during the gangsta-dominated '90s -- 1991's Face the Nation was their last album -- the group managed two sequels to their original House Party film, as well as the 1991 teen flick Class Act. Kid (born Christopher Reid; Bronx, NY) and Play (born Christopher Martin; Queens, NY) first met while performing in rival high school groups (the Turnout Brothers and the Super Lovers, respectively) and initially teamed up as Fresh Force. Play's former bandmate, Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor, became the duo's manager and signed Kid 'n Play to Select Records in 1987. Despite the predominance of James Brown samples during the mid-'80s, Azor gave 2 Hype a production job more rooted in disco and pop; thanks to the near-Top Ten R&B hit "Rollin' with Kid 'n Play," the album eventually reached platinum status. Though many rappers were more successful at the time, Kid 'n Play became film stars due to their clean-cut image -- Kid's six-inch "eraserhead" hairstyle, which seemed outrageous to white audiences, was vindicated by his honest, well-scrubbed face. The film House Party became a moderate success upon its release in 1990, and the duo even managed a proper LP that same year, Funhouse. During 1991, two Kid 'n Play films appeared: a sequel to House Party and Class Act. That same year, the album Face the Nation showed a growing reluctance to pander to pop audiences, but the duo was already entrenched in their style. A second sequel to House Party appeared in 1993, and little has been heard from them since. ~ John Bush
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Stations Featuring
Kid 'N Play

    '80s Hip-Hop

    '80s Hip-Hop
    2 songs

    '80s Urban Music

    '80s Urban Music
    2 songs

    Underground Hip-Hop

    Underground Hip-Hop
    1 song

Albums by
Kid 'N Play

Top Songs by
Kid 'N Play

  1.   Song
  2.   Do This My Way
  3.   Rollin' With Kid 'N Play
  4.   2 Hype
  5.   Do the Kid 'N Play Kick Step
  6.   Can't Get Enuff
  7.   Gittin' Funky
  8.   Toe to Toe
  9.   Energy
  10.   Undercover
  11.   Simple Simon
  12.   Hype
  13.   Fun House
  14.   Kid Vs. Play (The Battle)
  15.   So Whatcha Want 2
  16.   Surley by Arts & Crafts
  17.   Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody
  18.   Show 'em How It's Done
  19.   Damn That Dj (the Wizard M.E.)
  20.   Why You Get Funky on Me by Today
  21.   Can You Dig That
  22.   House Party featuring Cheryl Pepsii Riley
  23.   Jive Time Sucker by The Force M.D.'s
  24.   This Is Love
  25.   Back on Wax
  26.   I Ain't Going Out Like That
  27.   Can't Do Nuttin' for Ya, Man! by Public Enemy
  28.   What a Feeling by Arts & Crafts
  29.   Bounce
  30.   Strokin'
  31.   Slippin'
  32.   Next Question
  33.   It's Allright Y'All
  34.   I Don't Know
  35.   Got a Good Thing Going On
  36.   Give It Here
  37.   Foreplay
  38.   Face the Nation
  39.   Back to Basix
  40.   Bill's at the Door
  41.   Brother Man Get Hip
  42.   Two Fingers
  43.   Y U Jellin' Me
  44.   (Last Night) Changed It All
  45.   Decisions
  46.   Last Night
  47.   Soul Man
  48.   Make Noize
  49.   Void
  50.   To Da Break of Dawn by LL Cool J
  51.   Do Whatcha Want 2
  52.   Get It Right
  53.   Here and Now
  54.   How'm I Doin'? (Hey, Hey!)

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