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2 Hype Original recording reissued

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 4, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Select / Ada
  • ASIN: B000008HA8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,907 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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.
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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!
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Even though Kid and Play are old like I am, these guys will never go out of Style, not even Salt and Pepa. Man. Kid and Play are too Nice! Who Ever says that Kid and Play are corny, then your opinions is wack my brother. And yes my brother, these guys got it going on. GIVE THESE GUYS RESPECT! I give this 5 Stars Dog. This is VERY GOOD Stuff.

1. Rollin' With Kid 'N Play (Good Stuff) (Good Instrumental to dance to)

2. Brother Man Get Hip (Freestyle # 1)

3. Gittin' Funky (North Trenton and 88 ****) (Admit it, This Junk is Raw)

4. Soul Man (What is this, Disco Music?) (Probably from House Party)

5. Damn That DJ - (With The Wizard M.E.) (Freestyle # 2)

6. Last Night - (The Background Classic stuff is Raw)

7. 2 Hype - (Dance Flow ****) (Admit it, I am, I LIKE THIS SONG)

8. Can You Dig That - (Freestyle # 3)

9. Undercover - (With Salt) (LLCOOLJ!! HOW DARE YOU!!)

10. Do the Kid 'N Play Kick Step - (Freestyle # 4) (Newark ****)

11. Do This My Way - (Freestyle # 5)

Kid - Christepher Reid -- 5 April, 1964 (The Dragon) -- Bronx, New York, USA

Play - Christepher Martin -- 10 July, 1962 (The Tiger) -- Queens, New York, USA

Where Are They Now: Kid is a Stand Up Comedian and Play is a Prechiest in Queens, New York, USA
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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
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