Face the Nation (Kid 'n Play album)

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Face the Nation
Face the Nation.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 24, 1991 (1991-09-24)
GenrePop rap
Kid 'n Play chronology
Face the Nation
Singles from Face the Nation
  1. "Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody"
    Released: 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[4]

Face the Nation is the third and final studio album by the American hip hop duo Kid 'n Play.[5] It was released in 1991 via Select Records.[2]

The album peaked at number 144 on the Billboard 200 and number 27 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Its lead single, "Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody", made it to number 41 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Hot Rap Songs.


The production was handled by Eric "Quicksilver" Johnson, Dana Mozie, Pete Rock, Alain Blake, Andre Chambers, Hurby Luv Bug, Mark Eastmond, and Christopher Martin, who also served as executive producer together with Christopher Reid.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

The Rolling Stone Album Guide wrote that "Kid 'N Play make the mistake of many rap has-beens, lecturing other rap acts without realizing how laughable their own sound has become."[4] Billboard called the album "a grooving record that is enjoyable but lacks some of the charm of earlier efforts."[6] The Washington Post acknowledged the album's more serious tracks, but wrote that the duo "refuse to conform and end up doing what they do best—be themselves ... That means throwing down upbeat, fun party songs such as 'Foreplay' and their latest hit 'Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody'."[7]

Track listing[edit]

1."It's Alright Y'all"
Eric "Quicksilver" Johnson4:32
2."Back on Wax"
  • Reid
  • Andre Chambers
  • Mark Eastmond
  • Mark Eastmond
  • Andre Chambers
3."Got a Good Thing Going On"
Dana Mozie4:40
4."Next Question"
Pete Rock5:08
5."Face the Nation"
  • Reid
  • Johnson
  • D. Durant
Eric "Quicksilver" Johnson4:44
  • Martin
  • Alain Blake
7."Slippin'"MozieDana Mozie4:13
8."Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody"
  • Reid
  • Johnson
  • Regi Hargis Hickman
Eric "Quicksilver" Johnson4:45
9."Give It Here"
  • Martin
  • Eastmond
Christopher Martin4:35
10."Bill's at the Door"
  • Phillips
  • Durant
Pete Rock4:51
11."Toe to Toe" (Fat R&B Mix)Hurby Azor
Total length:49:44


Chart (1991) Peak
US Billboard 200[8] 144
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[9] 27


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Face the Nation - Kid 'N Play | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved March 10, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ a b Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Vol. 4. MUZE. p. 814.
  3. ^ "Face the Nation". EW.com.
  4. ^ a b The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Random House. 1992. p. 393.
  5. ^ "Kid 'N Play | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  6. ^ "Album Reviews". Billboard. 103 (43): 82. Oct 26, 1991.
  7. ^ Griffin, Gil (20 Dec 1991). "Rap Extravaganza Or Extravagance?". The Washington Post. p. N13.
  8. ^ "Kid N Play Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 10, 2021.
  9. ^ "Kid N Play Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 10, 2021.

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