MC Skat Kat

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MC Skat Kat
MC Skat Kat with Paula Abdul in the 1989 music video "Opposites Attract"
MC Skat Kat with Paula Abdul in the 1989 music video "Opposites Attract"
Background information
OriginUnited States
GenresHip hop
Years active1989–1991

MC Skat Kat is an animated cat character who appeared with Paula Abdul in the video for her song "Opposites Attract" in 1989.


MC Skat Kat was created by Michael Patterson and performed by the Wild Pair duo of Bruce DeShazer and Marv Gunn on "Opposites Attract". MC Skat Kat's rap was written and performed by Derrick Stevens, although Romany Malco, who did the majority of the writing for the M.C. Skat Kat & the Stray Mob album, is often mistakenly credited for being the voice of the rap on Opposites Attract, a story perpetuated by Abdul herself.[1] Derrick Stevens also provided vocals for the character in the MC Skat Kat solo album.

Patterson got the idea for Skat Kat from the Gene Kelly movie Anchors Aweigh, in which Kelly's character dances with Jerry, the mouse from the Tom and Jerry franchise. Patterson would originally play small gigs dressed in full cat attire, though soon after become a studio musician with the character becoming fully animated by members of the Disney and Warner Bros. animation team, working outside the studios between major projects, under the direction of Chris Bailey.

The character released the album The Adventures of MC Skat Kat and the Stray Mob in 1991 on Kings Records.[2] Paula Abdul made an appearance in the music video of the only single "Skat Strut".[3] The single peaked at No. 80 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in late October 1991,[4] and stayed on the chart for four weeks. "Skat Strut" reached No. 11 on the New Zealand Pop Singles chart, No. 9 on the Norwegian Pop Singles chart, No. 28 on the Dutch Pop Singles chart, No. 31 on the Swedish Pop Singles chart and No. 64 on the UK Singles Chart.[5][6][7][8][9]

MC Skat Kat also featured in "Yakety Yak, Take It Back", an all-star public service music video produced by Warner Bros. in 1991 for the Take It Back Foundation. The music video featured appearances by numerous celebrities, along with Bugs Bunny, Melba Moore as both herself, and the voice of Tibi the Take it Back Butterfly, and Dr. John as both himself, and the voice of Yakety Yak, for a new version of the song "Yakety Yak" with a message about recycling.[10]

MC Skat Kat later appeared in American Dad! season 11's sixth episode "Kiss Kiss Cam Cam", on February 29, 2016.[11]

MC Skat Kat makes a cameo appearance alongside Abdul in the 2022 film Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers.[12] In the 2023 TV series The Muppets Mayhem, Abdul is seen wearing an MC Skat Kat t-shirt.

The Adventures of MC Skat Kat and the Stray Mob[edit]

The Adventures of MC Skat Kat and the Stray Mob is a 1991 album from MC Skat Kat. The album came about as the result of Paula Abdul's successful "Opposites Attract" video of 1990, which was directed by Michael Patterson and Candace Reckinger. The Stray Mob consists of cartoon characters Fatz, Taboo, Micetro, Leo, Katleen, and Silk, the first three of whom appeared in the "Opposites Attract" music video. Two music videos for the album were directed by Patterson and Reckinger, only one of which was released.

The only single from the album, "Skat Strut", samples Earth Wind & Fire's 1981 hit "Let's Groove", with Abdul making a brief appearance in the video. Unlike the "Opposites Attract" video, the animation on the "Skat Strut" music video used digital ink and paint. It only reached number 80 on the Billboard Hot 100[13] but fared better overseas, peaking at numbers 9 and 31 on the Norwegian and Swedish charts, respectively.[14][15] The vocal style and length in the music video differed from those from the album version.[16]


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The album was poorly received and it failed to chart. In 1999, The A.V. Club deemed it the "least essential" album of the 1990s, calling it "a product of clueless committee thinking and Milli Vanilli-style studio hackwork at its most cynical", and concluding that "never has a mass-produced album been demanded by so few."[18]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Big Time" – 3:53
  2. "I Ain't No Kitty" – 4:37
  3. "No Dogs Allowed" – 5:28
  4. "Gotta Get Up" – 4:00
  5. "Kat in the Casino" – 4:36
  6. "On the Prowl" – 4:06
  7. "Skat Strut" – 3:41
  8. "Kat Stories" – 4:02
  9. "So Sweet So Young" – 3:47
  10. "I Go Crazy" – 3:21
  11. "New Kat Swing" – 4:03
  12. "Skat Kat's Theme" – 4:39




List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Skat Strut" 1991 80 82 28 11 9 31 64 The Adventures of MC Skat Kat and the Stray Mob


  1. ^ Romany Malco interview, Wendy Williams Show, October 29, 2013.
  2. ^ MC Skat Kat: The Adventures of MC Skat Kat and the Stray Mob. Kings Records. 1991.
  3. ^ MC Skat Kat featuring Paula Abdul – Skat Strut. September 20, 2007. Retrieved March 12, 2016 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ a b "The Hot 100 – Billboard".
  5. ^ "Billboard". October 12, 1991. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "MC Skat Kat & The Stray Mob - Skat Strut". Dutch Charts.
  7. ^ a b "MC Skat Kat & The Stray Mob - Skat Strut". VG-lista.
  8. ^ a b "MC Skat Kat & The Stray Mob - Skat Strut". RIANZ.
  9. ^ a b "MC Skat Kat & The Stray Mob - Skat Strut". Sverigetopplistan.
  10. ^ "Take It Back Foundation". Retrieved January 30, 2018.[dead link]
  11. ^ ""American Dad!" Kiss Kiss Cam Cam (TV Episode 2016)(seasons 11's 6th episode on Hulu)". IMDb.
  12. ^ "Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers Trailer Is Hilarious, Features MC Skat Kat Cameo". GameSpot. Retrieved February 17, 2022.
  13. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (October 12, 1991). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 1. Retrieved January 30, 2018 – via Internet Archive. {{cite book}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  14. ^ Norwegian Top 20 Singles Chart Retrieved February 14, 2008
  15. ^ Swedish Top 100 Singles Chart Retrieved February 14, 2008
  16. ^ "Animation". September 19, 2008. Archived from the original on September 19, 2008. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  17. ^ "The Adventures of MC Skat Kat and the Stray Mob – MC Skat Kat and the Stray Mob – Songs, Reviews, Credits – AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  18. ^ Keith Phipps; et al. (December 22, 1999). "Least Essential Albums of the '90s". The A.V. Club. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  19. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt Martha, Victoria, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 181.
  20. ^ "MC Skat Kat | full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 25, 2022.