2 Hype

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2 Hype
2 Hype (Kid 'n Play album) coverart.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 26, 1988 (1988-10-26)
Recorded1987–88
StudioBayside Sound Recording Studio (New York, NY)
Genre
Length43:37
LabelSelect
Producer
Kid 'n Play chronology
2 Hype
(1988)
Funhouse
(1990)
Singles from 2 Hype
  1. "Last Night"
    Released: 1987
  2. "Do This My Way"
    Released: 1988
  3. "Gittin' Funky"
    Released: 1988
  4. "Rollin' With Kid 'N Play"
    Released: 1989
  5. "2 Hype"
    Released: 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[2]

2 Hype is the debut studio album by American rap duo Kid 'n Play. It was released on October 26, 1988, through Select Records. Recording sessions took place at Bayside Sound Recording Studio in New York. Production was handled by Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor and the Invincibles. It features the lone guest appearance from The Real Roxanne.

The album reached number 96 on the Billboard 200, number nine on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Three singles found success on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts: "Rollin' with Kid 'n Play" (No. 11 and No. 2, respectively), "2 Hype" (No. 46 and No. 19, respectively) and "Gittin' Funky" (No. 53 and No. 24, respectively).

Critical reception[edit]

The Rolling Stone Album Guide called the album "witty and entertaining," writing that "its amiable energy never disappoints."[2]

In 2008, "Rollin' with Kid 'n Play" was ranked #63 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Rollin' With Kid 'N Play"
4:01
2."Brother Man Get Hip"
  • Reid
  • Johnson
  • Andre Chambers
3:43
3."Gittin' Funky"4:41
4."Soul Man"
  • Reid
  • Martin
  • Azor
3:31
5."Damn That DJ (The Wizard M.E.)"
  • Reid
  • Chambers
  • Mark Eastmond
3:28
6."Last Night"
  • Reid
  • Martin
  • Azor
4:23
7."2 Hype"
  • Reid
  • Azor
3:57
8."Can You Dig That"
  • Reid
  • Johnson
  • Chambers
3:27
9."Undercover" (featuring The Real Roxanne)
  • Reid
  • Martin
  • Azor
3:38
10."Do the Kid 'N Play Kick Step"
  • Reid
  • Azor
4:02
11."Do This My Way"
  • Reid
  • Azor
4:46
Total length:43:37
No.TitleWriter(s)Remixer(s)Length
12."Gittin' Funky (U.K. 12" Remix)"
  • Reid
  • Martin
  • Azor
  • Johnson
Dancin' Danny D6:30
13."Do This My Way (Double Trouble 12" Remix)"
5:40

Charts[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[4] 96
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[5] 9

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[6] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "2 Hype - Kid 'N Play | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  2. ^ a b The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Random House. 1992. p. 393.
  3. ^ Singh, Amrit (September 29, 2008). "VH1's 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs". Stereogum. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  4. ^ "Kid N Play Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  5. ^ "Kid N Play Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  6. ^ "American album certifications – Kid 'N Play – 2 Hype". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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