Kid 'N' Play

Kid 'N' Play

Christopher "Kid" Reid & Christopher "Play" Martin.

Kid 'N Play recorded three albums together between 1988 and 1993: "2 Hype" (1988), "Kid 'N Play's Funhouse" (1990), and "Face the Nation" (1991). Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor, the producer for Salt-N-Pepa, who had been a member of the hip-hop group The Super Lovers with Play, served as Kid 'N Play's manager and producer during the early portion of their career. All 3 albums focused upon positive lyrics backed by pop-friendly instrumental tracks. Among the group's most successful singles were 1989's "Rollin' with Kid 'N Play" (Number 11 on the Billboard R&B singles chart), 1990s "Funhouse" (Number 1 on the Billboard rap singles chart), and "Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody" (Number 1 rap hit).
The group's stage show highlighted their teen-friendly personalities, and dances such as their trademark, the Kick Step.

Kid's visual trademark was his hi-top fade haircut, which stood six inches high at its peak. Play regularly wore eight-ball jackets.
During the height of their popularity in early 1991, the duo had a short-lived "beef" with Vanilla Ice. The lyrics "You better hit bulls-eye, the Kid don't Play" from his hit "Ice Ice Baby" was a direct shot at the duo. The group addressed the "dis", on the track "Next Question", from "Face the Nation." The song was also used to respond to comments made by Luther Campbell and criticisms they received after comments from an interview were taken out of context.

Kid 'N Play were also notable for their dance known as "The Funky Charleston", influenced by the Roaring Twenties popular dance move, first seen in their video "Gittin Funky". The "Funky Charleston" featured the "New Jack Swing" aerobic dance moves typical of late 1980's urban street dancing. Unlike the original Charleston, "The Funky Charleston" requires two participants instead of one. This dance also was made quite popular in the movie "House Party", in which Kid and Play have an impromptu dance competition with Tisha Campbell and A.J. Johnson in one of the most memorable moments of this movie.

Kid 'N' Play Discography


SEL 21628 Kid 'N Play* 2 Hype (Album) Select Records SEL 21628 US 1988 Sell This Version
656.449-2 Kid 'N Play* Kid 'N Play's Funhouse (Album) Select Records 656.449-2 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
656.755-2 Kid 'N Play* Face The Nation (Album) Select Records 656.755-2 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

COOLX 148 Kid 'N Play* Last Night Select Records COOLX 148 UK 1987 Sell This Version
COOL 168 Kid 'N' Play Gittin' Funky (Single) Select Records COOL 168 UK 1988 Sell This Version
COOLX 164 Kid 'N' Play Do This My Way (Single) Cooltempo COOLX 164 UK 1988 Sell This Version
FMS 62335 Kid 'N' Play Rollin' With Kid 'N Play (Single) Select Records FMS 62335 US 1989 Sell This Version
COOLX 175 Kid 'N' Play 2 Hype (Single) Select Records COOLX 175 UK 1988 Sell This Version
FMS 62356 Kid 'N' Play Funhouse (The House We Dance In) (Maxi, Single) Musidisc FMS 62356 US 1990 Sell This Version
SDS 006 Kid 'N Play* Toe To Toe (Single) Select Records SDS 006 US 1990 Sell This Version
SDS-003 Kid 'N' Play Back To Basix (Single) Select Records SDS-003 US 1990 Sell This Version
PRCD 8484 Kid 'N' Play Slippin' / Friendz (Maxi, Single) Select Records PRCD 8484 US 1991 Sell This Version
0-66507 Kid 'N Play* Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody (Maxi, Single) Select Records 0-66507 US 1991 Sell This Version
WMM 4401 Kid 'N Play* / Corina Kid 'N Play* / Corina - Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody / Whispers(Cass, Single, Promo) Select Records WMM 4401 US 1991 Sell This Version
ZYX 7277-8 Kid 'N' Play Bounce (Single, Maxi) Select Records ZYX 7277-8 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
none Kid 'N' Play Twin Hype(12", W/Lbl, S/Sided) Not On Label none UK Unknown Sell This Version
COOLD 002 Kid 'N' Play, Monie Love Kid 'N' Play, Monie Love - 2 Hype / I Can Do This(12", Promo) Cooltempo COOLD 002 Unknown Sell This Version