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

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