"Play" of Kid-N-Play Teaching Hip-Hop in Tallahassee

Updated: Apr 29, 2018

You never know where you're going to run into someone famous in Tallahassee. Some like Bobby Bowden or Corey Simon stick out, others you may not recognize right away.

If you're a fan of hip-hop, you'll be happy to know that one of the legends lives and works in Tallahassee.

It's a packed house at the Hip Hop Seminar, a bi-weekly class taught at FAMU by Christopher Martin. If his name doesn't sound familiar, maybe his nickname will jog your memory.

Martin is the "Play" of Kid-N-Play, the legendary hip hop duo that made a name for themselves with their hair, their house party, and their message.

"Me and Kid are the very fortunate exception to the rule where we evidently did something right. It seems like our dances, images, and subject matters are timeless," said Christopher "Play" Martin.

Martin was asked by Dr. James Ammons to come to campus and teach students about hip hop--his goal is to teach them that the words are deeper than the music and his play is to get students off the streets and into the studio.

"One of the things hip hop gets a bad name for is in the same sentence with education. People think it's us teaching people how to rap and get a hip-hop degree or a rap degree. It has nothing to do with that whatsoever."

Some of his students were born after Kid-N-Play became household names, but thanks to you-tube and the internet, the class knows that their teacher is teaching from experience--something that gives Chris instant street cred.

"It's like having Lincoln himself or George Washington sit in the class to tell you how it really was so I guess I'm that Lincoln or that George Washington to be able to get the record straight in regards to what it was really all about and what it is and what it's become."

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