Happy 53rd Birthday, Christopher “Play” Martin
Kid 'N Play

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Most known as one half of the rap duo Kid n Play
Born and raised in Queens, NY. and a Graduate of the High School of Art and Design.
Martin aka MC Playboy as he originally named himself began rapping in a group called “Quick Silver and the Super Lovers”.  He met Christopher “Kid CoolOut” Reid who was part of The Turnout Brothers, while performing in rival high school shows.
Martin and Reid joined forces and The Turnout Brothers and The Super Lovers, formed their own duo called ‘ The Fresh Force Crew. ‘ In 1986 they began recording and
By 1987 they had changed their name to ‘Kid ‘n Play.’
Kid N Play recorded three successful albums and were also known for their dance moves such as the Kick Step and the Funky Charleston. Their music had a pop friendly style and instantly became teen favorites and went mainstream.
Among the group’s most successful singles were
1990’s  “Funhouse” & “Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody”
both reaching #1 on the Rap singles chart.
The duo has also starred in
House Party films series and became household names.
A few things you might not have known about Play:
is he has a son, Skyler Martin, with ex-wife Shari Headley the an actress who played Lisa McDowell in Coming to America.
He is also Blood cousins with Comedian Martin Lawrence And He became a born again christian and did some Christian hip hop.
Over the past few years the group has reunited and are currently on tour,
They’ve also recently celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the House Party movies!
Happy Birthday “Play” !!
Thank you for the memories!! Here’s one that brings back so many:

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