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|Kid N Play|
Genres: Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop
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KID 'N PLAY's VIBRANTLY ENERGETIC DEBUT
Knyte | New York, NY | 08/12/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Quintessential "New Jack Era" act Kid 'N Play stormed onto the scene in 1988. Three years later, the rap duo (and former Salt 'N Pepa backup dancers) spawned the feature film 'House Party', inspired a saturday morning cartoon on NBC, and starred in some of the very first "urban" Sprite commercials. By the end of 1992 however, Kid 'N Play's popularity had waned significantly. Suburban youth -- the lucrative audience most record companies target -- had largely abandoned "New Jack Era" acts like Bell Biv Devoe, Keith Sweat and Paula Abdul in favor of the grittier stylings created by Seattle-based grunge and gangsta rap acts. As a result of this shift in popular culture, Kid 'N Play (along with *many* other "New Jack" phenoms) rapidly faded into obscurity.From January to April 2000, I hosted and produced a radio show called 'New Jack City' on 91.9 KCSB-FM, UC Santa Barbara's campus/community station. My playlist consisted of music which was mostly from my own collection, and it was during this time that I purchased this album and listened to it for the first time during a road trip to San Diego. I was *very* impressed with this album, and the rest of this review will be a summary of my listening experience. '2 Hype' opens up with "Rollin With Kid 'N Play", a go-go influenced jam that still sounds good to this day (go-go is a Washington D.C. style of urban music -- E.U.'s "Da Butt" is the most famous example). The call & response chorus (Oh la, Oh la, Ay) along with the beat is very memorable, and takes you back to a time when hip-hop had more of a sense of upward mobility, pride, optimism, and self-respect."Brother Man Get Hip" is a decent album cut which is basically an exercise in lyrical self-promotion -- musically, the production is solidly late 80s hip-hop. "Gittin Funky" skillfully employs funk and soul samples to make an interesting collage of sonic elements not unlike what the Beastie Boys were able to achieve with their landmark 'Paul's Boutique' album. But it's "Soul Man" that proves both thematically and melodically uplifting to those who can appreciate it's implicit message. On "Damn That DJ", Kid 'N Play continue to flow over another decent 80s hip-hop beat before we're led into "Last Night", one of the albums highlights. Featuring a well structured sample of "Ain't Nobody" by Rufus, the song follows the duo on a night out, and makes for a lighthearted and entertaining listen.I remember seeing the video for '2 Hype' back in 1988, which featured the two rappers trying to babysit a cute child for one of their friends. Featuring the chorus of Stevie Wonder's "Uptight" (baby, everything is alright) '2 Hype' is *actually* about hooking up with someone. Then we're off into "Can You Dig It" which cleverly samples Paul Simon's "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover" (the drum section). When I first heard "Undercover" I was floored -- the song samples Grace Jones' "Jamaican Guy" the very same way a certain Def Jam rapper used it in 1995 for the now classic "Doin' It". Even more interesting, "Undercover" (like 1995's "Doin' It") is a steamy *duet* between Kid and The Real Roxanne, much like LL's duet with Lashaun. Because of the 'ahead-of-it's-time' vibe it now communicates, "Undercover" is my favorite song on the album."Do The Kid 'N Play Kick Step" pays sonic homage to James Brown in this frantic explanation of Kid 'N Play's signature dance move. Listening to this song makes my mind replay historical black & white footage of the many classic dance styles invented and enjoyed by African Americans throughout the 20th century. We close the '2 Hype' album with what is probably the best song, (and coolest video from this album) "Do This My Way" featuring a great beat, confident lyrics, and a nostalgic feel. In closing, I must say that I am surprised at how easily this group seems to have been forgotten. I'm hoping that one day, acts like Kid 'N Play, New Edition, Troop, and Karyn White receive the "props" their efforts truly deserved."
Rap music at its finest
16-bit | New York City | 02/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Kid 'N Play's 2 Hype album is truly a superb album. All its tracks have the unique style that Kid 'n Play brought to the table. It is well worth the money for anyone who wants to buy it. You won't regret the pruchase. You will probably need to buy another copy because you will listen to your first copy so much. that is how good it is!"
Still Rollin' With Kid 'N Play (4 Stars)
Norfeest | Washington DC USA | 01/28/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Believe it or not, I still bump this CD on a weekly basis. In an age where rap music has become so depressing and serious, I find myself dusting off the old joints and remembering a happier time. I remember watching the video for "Gittin' Funky" for the first time and thinking "Okay, these guys are what's next". Kid 'N Play were (and still are) one of my most favorite rap groups of all time. They had a fun style and were accesible to all. You could even recite their lyrics in front of your mother. Though this isn't their best album (see: Funhouse), 2 Hype is definitely dope and it has all the ingredients of a bangin' LP. The album, along with just about everything you ever heard from these two, was completely produced by Hurby "The Luv Bug" Azor (the guy behind almost all of Salt 'N Pepa's success). There are classic tracks on the album in the form of "Gittin' Funky", "Rollin' With Kid 'N Play", and "Do This My Way". Throw in a couple tight joints like "Do The Kid 'N Play Kick Step", "Brother Man Get Hip", "Damn That DJ", and "Undercover" feat. The Real Roxanne and you have a certified banger on your hands.
There are a few missteps on this album like the forgettable "Can You Dig That" and "Soul Man". And even though "2 Hype" is catchy, it's still VERY corny. But the negatives about this album all end there. The rest of the album is tight.
I'd reccomend this album to anyone. It's just plain ol' feel good old school hip hop music. They just don't make 'em like this anymore and I'd advise anybody to pick up if they saw it sitting on the shelf. This is definitely a treat for the ears if I've ever heard one.
Standout Tracks: 2 Hype, Rollin' With Kid N Play (My Favorite), Damn That DJ (The Wizard M.E.), Undercover feat. The Real Roxanne, Gittin' Funky, Last Night, Do This My Way, and Brother Man Get Hip"