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

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