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Kid 'N Play

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

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