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

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