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DJ Kid Capri
Kid Capri
Kid Capri
Background information
Birth nameDavid Anthony Love Jr.
Born (1967-02-07) February 7, 1967 (age 57)
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
OriginThe Bronx, New York City, U.S.
GenresHip hop
  • DJ
  • rapper
  • producer
Years active1987–present

David Anthony Love Jr. (born February 7, 1967) is an American DJ and rapper, better known by his stage name Kid Capri.[1]

Early life[edit]

Kid Capri was born in Brooklyn but spent most of his youth in the Bronx.[2] As an 8-year-old, Capri would scratch records on his father's old Zenith stereo system.[3] As he grew older, he began selling his DJ mixtapes on the streets and performing at local gigs.


Grammy Award-winning DJ and producer Kid Capri is known as an innovator and pioneer of DJ culture.[4][5][2]

Kid Capri was the first DJ to perform on major networks like BET and VH1. He starred in the popular HBO series, Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam. In 2017, he returned for the Netflix Def Comedy Jam’s 25th Anniversary Special.[6] Kid has produced tracks for artists such as Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Madonna, Heavy D, and 50 Cent. He has years of touring experience with high-profile artists like Jay-Z, Aaliyah, Salt-N-Pepa, Timbaland, and most recently RBRM.[7] Kid won a Grammy for producing a song on Jay-Z's album, Hard Knock Life. In 2017, Kid narrated Kendrick Lamar's entire DAMN album.; the only hip hop album to ever win a Pulitzer Prize. Kid premiered his vocals at Jennifer Lopez's Jennifer Lopez: All I Have Las Vegas residency, which lasted from 2016 to 2018, during the portion of her show dedicated to The Bronx.[8][9][10]

Kid Capri deejayed for seven seasons of Def Comedy Jam.[1] He produced tracks for Boogie Down Productions, Heavy D, Big L and Grand Puba.[1] He eventually released an LP on Warner Brothers Records titled The Tape in 1991.[1] He appeared in the film Who's the Man? in 1993.[1] In 1997, Kid Capri signed with the Track Masters' Columbia Records-distributed label after he appeared on the 1997 Puff Daddy and the Family World Tour. He subsequently released Soundtrack to the Streets in 1998.[1]

In 2003, Kid Capri performed at the BET Awards. Afterwards during that same year, Martha Stewart personally requested Kid Capri to be a DJ at her Christmas party. NSYNC also hired Kid Capri to perform as a DJ at one of their private parties. He also DJ'ed for the 2003 TJ Martell Foundation Gala, which featured Mary J. Blige, Mya, and Liz Phair, among others.[11]

Kid Capri was involved in his own record label, No Kid'n Records. He was featured on the itshiphop.tv show The Breakdown, in which he talked about his current and future projects, his views on Japan's hip hop scene, and the origin of his stage name.[12] On July 29, 2007, Kid Capri made an appearance during Rock the Bells 2007 as Rakim's DJ. Kid Capri also made an appearance as Rakim's DJ during the Rock the Bells 2008 show on July 19, 2008, in Tinley Park, Illinois.[13]

Kid was featured as lead judge on Smirnoff's Master of the Mix, the BET reality TV competition in search of the nation's best DJ. In March 2012, Kid was commissioned to remix "Masterpiece", an exclusive track featured on the special Smirnoff Nightlife Edition of Madonna's album, MDNA.[14] He joined her for the album release party in Miami as a part of Winter Music Conference, and the album was released on March 26, 2012. Kid was also featured on Kendrick Lamar's song "ELEMENT." in which he has vocal parts in the intro and closing.[15]

Kid Capri deejayed for Jay-Z's Oscar party in 2018, as well as DJ Khaled's birthday party. During the 2018 Global Spin Awards, which was held during NBA All-Star weekend, Kid received the Red Award in honor of DJ Red Alert from Snoop Dogg.[2]

On May 15, 2021, Kid Capri was a Bronx Walk of Fame inductee.[16]

In 2022, Kid released an album titled The Love. The Love is part of Kid Capri's third studio album, which marks his return to the music scene after a 25-year hiatus. Released on the DJ's 55th birthday, the album features 19 tracks, to which all he wrote, produced, and performed, including the previously released single "Slap Key."[17] Kid's last full-length offering, Soundtrack to the Streets, dropped in 1998 and featured collaborations with Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, and Busta Rhymes, among others. The Love features Capri's daughter, R&B singer Vina Love.[18][19]

Kid has been featured multiple times on the We TV show Growing Up Hip Hop: New York, which debuted in 2019.[20]

Kid collaborated with The Hoodies, brothers E-Class and Young Poppa, to produce the Hidden Gems album in 2023. The album's songs were reminiscent of hip-hop produced in the late 1990s and early 2000s.[21]

The 2003 BET Awards Tribute to Jam Master Jay honored slain Run-DMC DJ member with an all-star mix-off, which included Kid Capri as host and DJ on the decks. Twenty years later at the 2023 BET Awards, Kid Capri hosted and curated Hip-Hop's 50th Anniversary segment featuring various medleys to honor the genre, with Kid himself mixing live atop mutual-artist performances. Attendees were surprised when Kid welcomed a casual walk-on guest and MLB Hall of Famer, Derek Jeter, for this golden homage to music history.[22][23]

Until the fall of 2023, Kid continued to host "The Block Party" on SiriusXM FLY every weekend, bridging the gap from throwbacks to new tracks.[24]


Albums and mixtapes[edit]

Kid Capri's albums and mixtapes are given below.[25]

Year Title Artists Label Type
1989 Classic 6/20/89 Tape Kingz DJ mix: Cassette, Mixed, Mixtape
1989 Live At The Castle 11/11/1989 Kim's Videos DJ mix: Cassette, Mixed
1990 4/11/1990 Kim's Videos DJ mix: Cassette, Mixed
1991 The Tape Cold Chillin', Warner Bros. Records album
1991 Apollo / Shout Outs Cold Chillin', Warner Bros. Records single
1991 H.E.A.L. (Human Education Against Lies) M.C. Lyte, Queen Latifah, KRS-One, Ms. Melodie, Run D.M.C., Jam Master Jay, Harmony (3), Kid Capri, Big Daddy Kane, L.L. Cool J., Freddie Foxxx Elektra single
1991 Joke's On You Jack Cold Chillin', Warner Bros. Records single
1991 12/3/1991 Kim's Videos DJ mix: Cassette, Mixed
1991 Live At The Q Club 3/1/1991 DJ mix: Cassette, Mixed
1997 Black Nostaljack (Aka Come On) Profile Records single
1998 Soundtrack to the Streets Track Masters, Columbia album
1998 Follow Me / Creepin Track Masters, Columbia single
1998 Unify Kid Capri ft. Snoop Doggy Dogg & Slick Rick Columbia, Track Masters single
1998 Soundtrack To The Streets Sampler Columbia single
1999 52 Beats DJ mix
2000 The Alone Re-Mix Doo Wop & Kid Capri Not On Label single
2001 Party Don't Stop Luke ft. Kid Capri & Jiggie single
2001 Cornerstone Mixtape: Best Of 2001, vol. 35 Kid Capri, DJ Spinbad, DJ Green Lantern, DJ Revolution, various Cornerstone Promotion compilation
2005 Get Me@This Party Diana King & Sarah ft. Kid Kapri Columbia, Track Masters single
2010 Old School Mix Tape No Kid'n Records CD, Mixtape
2017 No Sleep: D.J. Kid Capri - Live At The Building 1990 No Sleep DJ mix: Cassette, Mixed, Mixtape
2022 The Love
Unknown The Classic Collection... Old School vol. 1 compilation
Unknown The Classic Collection... Old School vol. 2 compilation
Unknown The Untouchables Kay Slay & Kid Capri MasterTapes Cassette, Mixed
Unknown Got It Going On Superdupe Recording Cassette, Mixed, Mixtape
Unknown Old School vol. 1 Tape Kingz
Unknown Old School vol. 2 Tape Kingz
Unknown Old School vol. 3 Tape Kingz
Unknown Slow Jam Mix Kim's Videos DJ mix: Cassette, Mixed


Year Title Artists Notes
1995 Put It On ft. Big L
1998 Intro
1998 Like That ft. Jay-Z
1998 Interlude Snoop Dogg & Warren G
1998 Unify ft. Snoop Dogg & Slick Rick
1998 The Hit Off ft. Busta Rhymes & Spliff Star
1998 Interlude Angie Martinez
1998 Soundtrack To The Streets ft. Nas
1998 Interview 1
1998 Freestyle ft. Ranjahs
1998 My N****z ft. The Lox & Foxy Brown
1998 Interlude A Simple Message
1998 Be Alright ft. Cam'Ron & Jermaine Dupri
1998 Interlude Phone Sex
1998 When We Party ft. Luke
1998 Interlude Party Time
1998 Loud & Clear ft. Lost Boyz
1998 Block Party ft. Noreaga & Big Punisher
1998 Hot This Year ft. Brand Nubian & Diamond
1998 Interview 2 ft. Joe Clair & Common
1998 We're Unified ft. Snoop Dogg & Slick Rick Track Masters remix
1998 Freestyle ft. Camp Lo
1998 Do or Die ft. Krs-One
1998 Interlude Joe Torry
1998 Follow Me ft. Buckshot & The Coco Brovahs
1998 One on One ft. Ras Kass & Punchline
1998 Outro ft. Toshi Kubota
2003 The Champions Kay Slay feature
2007 Get Me At This Party Sarah and Diana King feature
2014 How Does It Feel ft. Tyler Woods
2019 Bend and Stretch DJ Bobby Black and DJ Mars feature
2020 Spread the Love (The Re-Do) Kid Capri and Take 6
2021 Slap Key single
2022 The Truth Will Never Lie
2022 Sucka Free
2022 Wide Awake
2022 Slap Key
2022 Da Binizz
2022 Her Type ft. Lovel
2022 No Vip
2022 This Is How We Get Around
2022 WTF
2022 Handsome Woman
2022 Doin' 2 Much
2022 Pon Me ft. Mr. Lexx
2022 Uptown ft. Vina Love
2022 Mood
2022 Let Me Talk
2022 Mr. Captain
2022 I Knock Em All Down
2022 Karen Why You Caring
2022 The Promise
2022 Free 2 Style
2023 We Don't Play Around The Hoodies
2023 Monster The Hoodies
2023 My Brother The Hoodies
2023 I'm Hot The Hoodies
2023 Wish List ft. Fooks; The Hoodies
2023 Big Stepper The Hoodies
2023 Top of NY The Hoodies
2023 War The Hoodies
2023 In My Bag The Hoodies
2023 Ride With You The Hoodies
2023 Let Me Show You ft. Henny Da Don; The Hoodies
2023 Who Am I The Hoodies
2023 Get It, Get It Black Rob feature
2023 Come Too Far Dave East feature



Cameos and roles in film[edit]


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  8. ^ "The JLo show brings more hip-hop than the Strip has ever seen - Las Vegas Weekly". lasvegasweekly.com. September 6, 2017.
  9. ^ "Kid Capri: Annapolis (MD) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated Winter Wonderland Gala". events.viprllc.com.
  10. ^ "» All I Have: Jennifer Lopez is Sin City's Phenomenon". August 21, 2014.
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  14. ^ "Kid Capri, Just Blaze Remix Madonna's MDNA Album For Smirnoff". Hip-Hop Wired. April 9, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  15. ^ "Kendrick Lamar – ELEMENT". Genius.co. Retrieved December 10, 2019.
  16. ^ "Kid Capri among new inductees welcomed into Bronx Walk of Fame". News 12 - The Bronx.
  17. ^ "The Love, by Kid Capri". Kid Capri.
  18. ^ "Kid Capri Drops New Album In His Quest To Become The Next Quincy Jones of Hip Hop". BET.
  19. ^ Eustice, Kyle (April 30, 2023). "EXCLUSIVE: Kid Capri Calls His Album "The Love" A "Masterpiece"". AllHipHop.
  20. ^ Ju, Shirley (November 20, 2021). "Vina Love Explains "N.F.S.", Talks Father Kid Capri Being Inducted Into Hip-Hop Museum". AllHipHop.
  21. ^ "The Hoodies & Kid Capri Unite For Hidden Gems". Kick Mag. October 14, 2023.
  22. ^ Clack, Erin (August 13, 2023). "Derek Jeter Makes Surprise Appearance Onstage During Hip Hop 50 Live Show at Yankee Stadium". People. Retrieved December 21, 2023.
  23. ^ Mock, Ben (August 13, 2023). "Derek Jeter Makes Surprise Hip Hop 50 Celebration Appearance At Yankee Stadium". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved December 21, 2023.
  24. ^ "SiriusXM Fly: 90s & 2000s Hip-Hop & R&B". SiriusXM. December 18, 2023.
  25. ^ "Kid Capri Discography | Discogs". Discogs.

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