Kid ‘n Play have been a dynamic hip hop duo since 1987. That’s 28 years of friendship! In that time, these two have been able to work together, play together and stay together. But how? Kid n’Play not only have lasting power in friendship, but in entertainment as well.
The group attained mass commercial success through their music and movies, they even had an animated series that aired on NBC from 1990 to 1991. If this wasn’t success, especially for a Black hip hop group in the 90s, we don’t know what is. Kid n’ Play had a way of incorporating fun into everything they did and this often challenged the landscape of hip hop, which was mostly about being a thug (hello NWA, Tupac, etc.)
Kid ‘N Play have remained relevant in hip-hop culture as a result of how they “resonate.” Play explained, “We were just being ourselves. I just think that we were two guys along with a bunch of others from New York that wanted to have a good time; we loved women, we wanted to laugh, we wanted to party, and that’s what resonated.”
Obviously it takes maturity, honesty and love to stay in a friendship for over two decades. But how does Kid n’ Play do it, especially within the fickle music industry where dollar bills often trump everything else?
We caught up with hip hop’s favorite fun rapping duo and they walked down the memory of their friendship and revealed their favorite memories of working together for almost 30 years. Spoiler alert: Play always pronounces things horribly, so Kid would teach him how to speak. That’s love!
Slang From The 90s We Want To Use Today
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1. We Love The 90s!
Slang is a sign of the times. While many of us are running around proclaiming things in our lives to be "on fleek," or dismissing everyone, male or female, with a harsh, "Bye Felicia," there's so much slang from the 90s that we wish was still popular now. Think back, remember when dismissing someone was, "talk to the hand?" Those were good times. Check out these other slang terms and phrases we want to bring back.
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2. Tore Up From The Floor Up
When someone was looking terrible, rhyming was necessary to diss them.
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3. Off The Chain
If something is just so damn good, you can't even explain, you have to tell people where it is and that's off the chain.
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4. Bling Bling
Before it was "ice," it was bling. It shined so bright, you had to say it twice.
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Proved a point? Something work out perfectly? You deserve one big "Boo-yah!"
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6. Boom Shakalaka
This one is very similar to the "Boo Yah," except that it takes the sentiment a few steps farther with an accompanying dance.
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If something is amazing, you call it "slammin'!"
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When you're trippin' or you don't have your mind right, you're buggin'. There's probably at least 5 people you've come in contact with today who are totally buggin'!
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9. A Can Of Whoop Ass
In case you ever needed to "put the paws" on someone, you would tell them that you're abotu to open up a can of whoop ass because you're clever.
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Excited? Saying goodbye? Saying hello? "Holla" had many uses, especially if you were trying to get the attention of someone who caught your eye.
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When giving someone credit for the awesome things they do, you would give them their "props" or "propers."
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Instead of simply saying goodbye, "one" allows you to be cool and keep people guessing. Try it, say farewell to your friends with a simple, "One."
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13. Talk To The Hand
Here's a more violent way of dismissing people–put your hand up to their nose and let them know who they can talk to.
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14. All That & A Bag Of Chips
This was usually used on a woman who just had it all together–she looks good, she's smart, she's successful–she's just all that & a bag of chips! Why a bag of chips though? LOL!
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15. As If!
He doesn't have a chance in hell, so what do you say? "As if!"
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16. Da Bomb!
This was always used when you wanted people to know that something was really good–really, really good.
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17. Bout It Bout It
Think of this one as the 90s version of "about that life." It could describe being ready to fight, confront someone or just being ready in general.
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When you're over someone and you just want them to go away, you would tell them to, "STEP!"
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If someone is fly, dressed to impressed and everything about their entire look is on "fleek," there's nothing else to say but let them know they're "fresh!"