Funhouse (Kid 'n Play album)

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Funhouse
KNP Funhouse.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 13, 1990 (1990-03-13)
Recorded1989-1990
Studio
  • Bayside Sound Recording Studio (New York, NY)
  • Soundcheck Studio (New York, NY)
GenrePop rap
Length50:06
LabelSelect
Producer
Kid 'n Play chronology
2 Hype
(1988)
Funhouse
(1990)
Face the Nation
(1991)
Singles from Funhouse
  1. "Back To Basix"
    Released: 1990
  2. "Funhouse (The House We Dance In)"
    Released: 1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB-[2]
Robert Christgau(dud)[3]

Funhouse is the second and penultimate album by American hip hop duo Kid 'n Play. It was released on March 13, 1990 through Select Records. Recording sessions took place at Bayside Sound Recording Studio and at Soundcheck Studio in New York. Production was handled by Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor and the Invincibles. It features the lone guest appearance from Salt-N-Pepa.

The album reached number 58 on the Billboard 200 and number 11 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. It was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on June 12, 1992. The album spawned two singles, "Funhouse" from House Party (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), which peaked at No. 27 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and topped the Hot Rap Songs chart, and "Back to Basics", which peaked at No. 69 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and No. 16 on the Hot Rap Songs. The song "Toe to Toe" was released as a promotional single.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Hurby Azor.

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Energy"
3:56
2."Y U Jellin' Me"
  • Fingerprints
  • Wizard M.E. (co.)
  • "The Grand Composer" Dre (co.)
4:28
3."Back to Basics"
  • Fingerprints
  • Stanley Brown (co.)
4:24
4."Toe to Toe"
  • Fingerprints
  • Dana Mozie (co.)
4:20
5."Show 'Em How It's Done"
  • Fingerprints
  • Steve Azor (co.)
5:09
6."I Don't Know" (featuring Salt-N-Pepa)
  • Fingerprints
  • Stanley Brown (co.)
3:59
7."So Whatcha Want 2"
  • Fingerprints
  • Dana Mozie (co.)
5:00
8."Strokin'"
  • Fingerprints
  • Wizard M.E. (co.)
4:23
9."Can't Get Enuff"
  • Fingerprints
  • Eric "Quicksilver" Johnson (co.)
4:27
10."Decisions"
4:30
11."Fun House"
  • Fingerprints
  • Stanley Brown (co.)
5:30
Total length:50:06

Personnel[edit]

  • Christopher Reid – main artist
  • Christopher Martin – main artist, co-producer (track 10)
  • Salt-N-Pepa – featured artists (track 6)
  • Hurby "Luv Bug"/"Fingerprints" Azor – backing vocals, producer
  • Robin Feinberg – backing vocals
  • Glenn D. Gibson – guitar
  • Stanley Aaron Brown – keyboards, co-producer (tracks: 3, 6, 11)
  • Eric "Quicksilver" Johnson – co-producer (tracks: 1, 9)
  • The Wizard M.E. – co-producer (tracks: 2, 8)
  • "The Grand Composer" Dre – co-producer (track 2)
  • Dana Mozie – co-producer (tracks: 4, 7, 10)
  • Steve Azor – co-producer (track 5)
  • Andre DeBourg – engineering
  • Amy Bennick – art direction

Charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[4] 58
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[5] 11

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. "Kid 'n Play's Funhouse - Kid 'N Play | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved March 19, 2021.
  2. ^ Sandow, Greg (April 6, 1990). "Kid 'N Play's Funhouse". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 19, 2021.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Kid 'n Play". www.robertchristgau.com. Retrieved March 19, 2021.
  4. ^ "Kid N Play Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 19, 2021.
  5. ^ "Kid N Play Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 19, 2021.
  6. ^ "American album certifications – Kid 'N Play – Funhouse". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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