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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.