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Kid N' Play are considered to be one of hip hop's Pioneers-Classic!
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Kid 'n Play is an American hip-hop and comedy duo from New York City that was popular in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The duo was composed of Christopher "Kid" Reid (April 5, 1964) and Christopher "Play" Martin (July 10, 1962) working alongside their DJ, Mark "DJ Wiz" Eastmond. Besides their successful musical careers, they are also notable for branching out into acting.

Music career

The pair met while performing in rival high school groups The Turnout Brothers and The Super Lovers, and initially formed their duo under the name The Fresh Force Crew. In 1986 She's a Skeezer and Rock Me were recorded. By 1987 they had changed their name to Kid 'n Play.

Kid 'n Play in 1992

Kid 'n Play recorded three albums together between 1988 and 1991: 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 The Super Lovers with Play) served as Kid 'n Play's manager and producer during the early portion of their career. All three 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" (#11 on the Billboard R&B singles chart), 1990s "Funhouse" (#1 on the Billboard rap singles chart), and "Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody" (another #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 ten inches high at its peak. Martin regularly wore eight-ball jackets.

Kid 'n Play were also notable for their dance known as the Funky Charleston, first seen in their video "Gittin Funky". Also affectionately known as the Kid and Play Kickstep, it was influenced by the 1920s era dance the Charleston. The Funky Charleston featured the New Jack Swing-aerobic dance moves typical of late 1980s urban street dancing. Unlike the original Charleston, The Funky Charleston requires two participants instead of one. This dance also was made quite popular in Kid 'n Play's feature film House Party, in which Kid and Play have a dance competition with Tisha Campbell and A.J. Johnson.

Acting careers

In addition to their music, Kid 'N Play starred together in four feature films, all of them based around hip hop characters and themes. The duo also appeared on the soundtrack albums to these films. Three of the Kid 'n Play films were entries in the House Party series. The first two House Party films (1990's House Party and 1991's House Party 2) also featured the then-relatively unknown Martin Lawrence and Tisha Campbell, later stars of the TV sitcom Martin. House Party 3 featured hip-hop/R&B girl group TLC as the music group Sex as a Weapon. Kid 'n Play were absent from the fourth film House Party 4, which has no connection to any of the prior films or the following film, House Party 5. House Party was originally meant for DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince. Years later in an interview with Halftimeonline.net DJ Jazzy Jeff revealed:

?When we did ?Nightmare On My Street? New Line Cinema sued the daylights out of us, but they liked the record and they thought Will and I were talented from ?Parents Just Don?t Understand.? So part of the settlement was that we had to pay them some money, but they offered us two scripts to do two movies. The first script was House Party because if you think about the premise of House Party one dude was a Dj and the other was a rapper so House Party was set up for Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. We weren?t thinking about doing movies back then. Then Kid N Play blew up off of that. ??????????? ?

Class Act, produced in 1992, was a comedy in the same vein as the House Party films. For that film, Reid traded his trademark hi-top fade in for braids instead. The haircut is used as a plot device in the film.

Kid 'n Play even had their own NBC Saturday morning cartoon, Kid 'n Play, for one season from 1990 to 1991. On the show, Kid 'n Play were regressed to teenagers, but their recording careers remained intact, as did their comic personas. The real Kid 'n Play appeared in live-action wraparounds of the cartoons, but voice actors (again including close friend, Martin Lawrence) performed in the animated portions of the show. The show stressed positive role models, teaching kids how to get along and stay out of trouble. A 1992 Marvel Comics comic book based on the cartoon lasted nine issues. They also shot some segments for the PBS math show Square One TV and Sesame Street.

Kid 'n Play were featured in the Adult Swim animated special Freaknik: The Musical as themselves. They also returned to the House Party series, appearing in House Party 5: Tonight's the Night in which they reprise their roles from the first 3 films. Since the events of the 3rd film, the two have gone on to become music superstars and CEOs of their own record label- Kick Power Records (a venture they began in the third movie).

After the duo

Reid continued acting, guest starring in a number of television sitcoms, including Full House and Sister, Sister, and hosting shows such as It's Showtime at the Apollo and Your Big Break. Martin became a born-again Christian, and devoted his time to working on Christian-based hip-hop music projects. He eventually took his industry experience and founded HP4Digital Works, a multimedia company that provides pre- and post-production for film, digital, and live theater productions. He also founded Brand Newz, an online syndicated magazine focusing on positive community leaders and events. Martin became a professor at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina (where he now resides). Martin was also a judge for the 8th annual Independent Music Awards. The duo is currently on a tour of the House Party anniversary along with other rappers such as Salt n Pepa.

In 2009, State Farm released a commercial featuring LeBron James dancing to the music of Kid 'n Play.

In October 2009 the duo appeared on the BET Hip Hop Awards where they did their trademark dance. On Feb 9, 2010 the duo appeared on The Mo'Nique Show.

On June 23, 2010 the duo appeared on Lopez Tonight and performed 'Rollin' with Kid 'N Play' from their album, 2 Hype.

At 2010 Tribeca Film Festival Kid stated that "Play and I also have a television series in the works, so the future is bright."

Reid makes a cameo appearance at the end of the LMFAO video for Sorry for Party Rocking which recalls Kid n Play's House Party movies.

On February 27, 2012, Kid N Play released an "open letter" detailing planned future events.

On July 30, 2012, Kid 'n Play joined Salt-N-Pepa onstage at a concert in Brooklyn, NY.

Source: Wikipedia

The Clark Sisters are considered as pioneers of contemporary gospel. Tags: clark sisters pioneers contemporary gospel true worshippers word life production feature blog

The Grammy Award Winning Clark Sisters have been singing for as long as they can remember, with music as natural a part of their lives as the air they breathed.  With a compelling, commanding fusion of styles as diverse as blues, jazz, R&B and classical, sisters Jacky, Twinkie, Karen and Dorinda created a sound that was new, fresh and entirely their own.

Truly a landmark work, the live recording comprises nearly two-and-a-half hours of both new material—almost all original—and an absolutely stunning, 21-song medley of Clark Sisters classics that leaves the listener literally breathless by is final fade.  Produced by Donald Lawrence, another of Gospel’s great, enduring talents, the project is an epic undertaking of unprecedented scope which succeeds—boldly and brilliantly—at every turn.

The sisters exude joy and exuberance on “Livin’,” a rollicking R&B joyride, written by Lawrence expressly for the Clarks, and featuring a pitch-perfect, trademark ensemble vocal.  Reflecting on the No.1, multi-format smash, “You Brought the Sunshine,” which, in 1981, sent the Clarks soaring into one of the most fabled careers in Gospel music, Jacky Clark Chisholm recalls the night in early 2006 when she first heard “Livin’.’

“The first time that Donald played ‘Livin’ for us, we felt exactly like we did the first time that Twinkie played ‘You Brought the Sunshine’ for the rest of us,” she says. “We were blown away!  It’s such a happy song, and we just could not stop singing it!  It’s us, plain and simple.  When we look back—and all around us today—we are proud, and so grateful, to God and so many wonderful people, and happy to be living the life He’s given us.  And Donald wrote a song for us that just perfectly expresses that.”

“Blessed and Highly Favored,” written by and featuring Karen, is a breathtaking, high-wire walk of a performance, which—of even greater significance—cements her place as one the great songwriters of her era.  The seeds for what would become Live – One Last Time, were first planted by Karen’s husband—and the group’s de facto manager—Bishop J.Drew Sheard.  When he suggested the foursome reunite to give both posterity, and the flocks of still-faithful Clark Sisters fans, a taste of some new “sisters” material, as well as new, live renditions of a large number of Clark standards—most long out of print—all four warmed quickly to the idea.  The group approached the multi-Grammy-winning Lawrence about coming onboard, and he accepted immediately.

Live – One Last Time was recorded in July, 2006 on the Sisters former label: EMI Gospel, before a sell-out crowd of 6,000 in Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center.  Though the sisters had established successful solo careers since last recording together, in 1994, they approached the reunion uncertain if their identity as a group still had any drawing power at the box office.  They didn’t have to wait long for an answer.

After what will surely be marked as a landmark event in Gospel music history, the sisters encore with the still-smoking, “You Brought the Sunshine,” which the crowd—even though showered with one signature song after another—clearly knew still lay in store.  Jacky, Twinkie, Karen and Dorinda deliver it with the same freshness and exuberance of four young ladies, in a Detroit living room years ago, with both the world—literally—and a world of possibilities still before them.

Since the release of  “One Last Time” the Clark Sisters have been the recipient of many awards. They received four Gospel Stellar Awards for Gospel Artist Of The Year, Gospel Group or Duo Of The Year, CD Of The Year, Traditional Group/Duo Of The Year. On February 10, 2008 the Clark Sisters received three Grammy Awards in the following categories: Best Traditional Gospel Album, Best Gospel Performance and Best Gospel Song (for “Blessed and Highly Favored” written & composed by Karen Clark Sheard, who received an additional Grammy Award as writer). They also had the honor of performing at the 50th Grammy Awards with legendary Aretha Franklin. They give all glory and honor to God for all the marvelous things he’s done.

After a break from recording, in 2010, the Clark Sisters recorded their newest, phenomenal project; A holiday offering entitled: The Clark Sisters’ Family Christmas. This is their 1st cd recorded on their new label: Karew Records, a label jointly owned by their baby sister, Karen Clark Sheard and her husband, Bishop J.Drew Sheard, with distribution by EMI CMG. The holiday cd was also the very 1st cd produced on Karew Records. The cd is an incredible live album which features: the awesome Kierra Sheard, & talented producer JDrew Sheard II(JDS)(Karen & Bishops’ daughter & son), along with wonderful gospel crooner Jmoss, and Bill Moss Jr.(the sisters 1st cousins).

Only God knows what will come next from these legendary, anointed icons…

Source: Karew Records

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