House Party: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Various Artists on LP
The Hudlin Bros.’ Kid ‘N Play-starring good-time comedy House Party was among the most significant Afrocentric film of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, and its soundtrack, from old school rap to new jack swing, was equally noteworthy.
Public Enemy's Flavor Flav lays down the exclusive and rare “I Can’t Do Nothing For You, Man!” while the original 1990 album also features rare tracks from “the greatest of all time” LL Cool J (a duet with Marley Marl); Full Force (the title track which includes Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, U.T.F.O., Cheryl “Pepsii” Riley and others); and the legendary Force M.D.’s, one of the first vocal groups to fuse doo wop-influenced harmonies with hip-hop beats.
The team of Kid and Play were crucial to bringing a positive, more pop, spin to rap that would appeal to teens and mass audiences. Their clean-cut image - even with Kid’s Eraserhead hairstyle - helped spawn two more House Party movies and a Saturday morning cartoon. The House Party franchise helped reveal African-American culture in all its diversity, musical and otherwise.