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Kid ‘N Play’s Chris Martin: Tupac Was Always Itchin’ to Rap—Even at the After-Parties

Just like James Baldwin was born to write and Michael Jordan born to shoot hoops, Tupac Shakur was born to rap.

So says Kid ‘N Play’s Christopher Martin, who befriended the hip-hop star during the late ’80s, when Tupac—who, tragically, would be slain in a 1996 drive-by shooting—was a background dancer for Digital Underground.

CAPTION: "He was always a very true and passionate about his talent and craft," Chris tells us of his assassinated pal Tupac (above).

"He was always very true and passionate about his talent and craft," Chris tells us of his assassinated pal Tupac (above).

“He always had the itch to be a rapper,” Chris tells The Focal Spot host Fredelyne Alcide.

“I can remember so many times where the big thing about going on tour was going to the after-parties.

“And I would go, of course, looking for the girls. And that’s all I wanted to do. But when you’d go to the after-parties and clubs they’d try to get the stars of the tour to come in the DJ booth to say a few words or rap.

“I was never interested because I just rapped all night during our show. And Tupac would be Continue reading

It’s A Highly Revealing Edition of ‘The Mix’

True to its task of bringing you the best moments from our unmatched mix of social-radio programming, The Daily Mix goes that extra mile this week.

How so? By revealing even more juicy details than usual. You’ll learn, for instance:

“We were just screwing around in college, trying to hook up and meet all these pretty girls,” Jeff (above) tells us of 98 Degrees’ early days.

“We were just screwing around in college, trying to hook up and meet all these pretty girls,” Jeff (above) tells us of 98 Degrees’ early days.

—What names 98 Degrees founder Jeff Timmons originally dreamed up for his multi-platinum-selling boy band.

—Why ’90s party boy Christopher “Kid” Reid says in the same breath, “There was champagne flyin’ everywhere” and “None of them ever bothered changing their clothes.”

—What The Twilight Saga: New Moon cast member Daniel Cudmore means when he says, “I might have a lot of Edward fans coming after me and trying to attack me.”

—Why Whose Line Is It Anyway? funnyman Brad Sherwood says of himself and his comedy partner, Colin Mocherie, “We’re seething serial killers.”

—When she says, “We were hit with all kinds of fines,” what anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan is referring to.

—What compels one of the hosts of The Worst Show on The Web to give guest The Ukulady “the finger.”

—Why Blaire “The Love Guru” Allison defends a lovelorn male caller by saying, “His ex didn’t really want to talk.”

So don’t miss The Mix, hosted by everyone’s favorite pod jockey, Shaun Daily, tonight – and every Monday – at 9 p.m. ET!

To tune in, click here.

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Kid ‘n Play’s Chris Reid: ‘We Were the One Rap Group that White People Didn’t Have to Fear’

It’s been more than 20 years since Kid ‘n Play burst onto the scene with their upbeat, comical hip-hop act.

But at least one member of the superstar duo has still got his wicked sense of humor in tact.

“We never dreamed it would catch on the way it did,” Chris (above) tells us of Kid ‘n Play’s musical, dance and fashion styles.

“We never dreamed it would catch on the way it did,” Chris (above) tells us of Kid ‘n Play’s musical, dance and fashion styles.

Interviewed on The NBA Breakdown, Christopher “Kid” Reid puts his – and partner Christopher “Play” Martin’s – musical legacy in perspective.

“We were quite unique for our time in the way that we looked and the way we danced,” he tells host Audley Stephenson.

“I didn’t ever realize back in the day when I was rockin’ the high-top fade and the high hair an all that stuff that it would still resonate to this day.

“It was just something I thought was cool, and come to find out that a lot of people did as well – creating dance moves and stuff like that.”

We had our own style. We weren’t trying to be hard,” Chris continues, before quipping:

“We were the one rap group that white people didn’t have to fear if they saw us at an ATM.”

The rapper, who also found fame with Play in the House Party flicks, later recounts hanging out with Michael Jordan during the hoops god’s heyday.

During the, ah, height of his fame, with partner Play (right).

During the, ah, height of his fame, with partner Play (right).

“One of the great pictures that I have was taken during the [Chicago] Bulls’ first champion- ship run, in the early ‘90s. We used to hang out with Michael quite a bit. We’d come to Chicago and kick it at his house, borrow a couple of his cars and stuff like that,” he says.

And that final series against Los Angeles started in Chicago, ended in LA. And after Game 5, when they won, we were in the locker room with Jordan and the Bulls, champagne flyin’ everywhere.

“Later on that evening, at the Bulls’ hotel, the Ritz Carlton, it’s myself, it’s Play. We got Jordan in the middle, with the championship trophy. We’ve all got glasses of champagne. And he still has his uniform on.

“They were so excited; this was their first championship; this was the big one. So they just got on the bus and went back to the hotel. None of them ever bothered changing their clothes.”

To hear Chris’ full interview, click here.