Congratulations on being our featured artist for the month of
September. Since this is your first time being featured on our
site, can you tell our visitors a little bit about yourself and KID
I’m an MC that’s been rapping and performing nationally
for 13 years, and acting childishly for most of my life. So this
creative avenue fits like a foam Hulk fist. KID HOP music is hip
hop with classic drum sounds and sophisticated beats and rhymes
that deal with the interior of kid world. The main difference
between it and the hip hop on the radio is that KID HOP is more
positive. And probably more complex at this point.
How did you get your start recording and
performing family music?
When my daughter and rap cohort got old enough to have
good mic control, I figured it was time. Sprockster: Can you tell
us a little bit about your team? Answer: We got MC Fireworks, the
rap phenom I just mentioned, who just turned 9, and holds her own
in any arena. We got Bootysattva, my stunning wife, who sings,
dances, and shines like a binary star. We got Mahira, the
dreadlocked rocker who alternately uses the moniker Black Jack
Sparrow-- who raps, sings, adds some heavy metal feel, and knows
how to dance like a dragon. We got DJ Mr. Strange holding down the
beats and wax scratches, and controls the mic like a paintbrush.
And yours truly, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, storyteller and
I’m a big fan of your debut record Easy. For new
listeners, what songs should they start with?
Gotta Be Me is my flagship song, in the defense of the
weird. Luck is my life philosophy, that you create your own life
path through belief and love. And Last Dragon is about conquering
fear and flying to other planets.
At what point did you know that KID HOP was
When we rocked our first run of shows and had all the
kids shouting Gotta Be Me with us, that’s when we got the kiddo
pass. When we got booked for Lollapalooza, we knew we were really
There are so many talented artists in the family
music genre right now; it’s becoming difficult to make an impact,
but you manage to do it. How do you stay fresh and innovative?
By not watering it down, and by respecting the roots of
hip hop, and what it’s supposed to sound like. We don’t do
Do you have any specific advice for
up-and-coming family music acts?
Study the kids entertainment of the 60’s and 70’s, and
completely ignore the 80’s and most of the 90’s.
Congratulations on your new release, Underground
Playground! Can you tell us a little bit about the concept of the
Underground Playground is my favorite album I’ve ever
made. It’s got about 45 musicians on it, from steel drum to Moog
voyager to Gift of Gab from Blackalicious. I got as deep as I
wanted to, because my experience playing Easy live let me know that
kids and parents are ready to go there. And everything is right in
I like the artwork. Who manages your visual
The artist for both Underground Playground and Easy is
David Hale, a tattooist/painter from Athens GA. He’s mind bending
and face melting.
The entire office has been singing “Road Trip.”
What’s your favorite song on Underground Playground and what is the
meaning behind the song?
Sky Music is our family favorite. It has to do with
being creative and taking your own strange path instead of swimming
the mainstream to be popular.
I hear a lot of different instruments in your
mix. Do you have the instrumentation planned out before you go into
the studio or do some ideas just magically pop-up in the
I owe the amazing musical landscape of both albums to
the Asheville NC music scene. I’ve been playing with most of these
musicians for years, and when I come up with a concept, I know
exactly who can pull it off. I bring em in, have em lay down the
raw funk, then chop it up with an MPC 2000 drum machine and simmer
it in a fine broth of post production, heavy on the analog.
Being “behind-the-glass” can be really fun. As
an experienced music producer, can you tell us one of your favorite
family-friendly stories from the studio?
The last track of the album, “Never Stop Asking”, which
is both an “I love you forever” song to my daughter, and a
cautionary tale to parents about taking time with your kids while
they’re young since it doesn’t last, has a cello solo that’s a very
important piece, as it basically ends the album, along with the
melodica. I brought the cellist, a great guy named Billy Jack, into
the studio, and he was close, but just not quite nailing it. So I
showed him the recently recorded rhyme that MC Fireworks laid down
for “Mind Over Matter” and told him this was who he was playing
for. Then he rocked the perfect line, first take.
Any big plans to promote the new album?
Beyond touring constantly throughout the country, we
rocked a show on SiriusXM that they’ll be playing a few times, and
we’ll be getting some reviews through some pretty sweet avenues. If
any of the kids reading this end up wanting to write my website
address on the wall or see how many times they can say Underground
Playground in a week, well, I would never put that sort of idea in
Tell us about your next big show.
For the first time ever, we’ll being doing a show with
just Daddy and Daughter to promote the release of Many Hands, an
all Kindie compilation benefit CD we’re on, with all proceeds of
the CD and show going straight to Haiti. It’s in Northampton, MA on
Sept. 26, with Dan Zanes. Elizabeth Mitchell, and other greats. If
you can’t go to the show, you should buy the CD online. Today.
Where can someone purchase a copy of Underground
Here's the link to where you can check it out and buy it
Spread that link to your friends! They make great gifts…… And you
can get hardcopies through Amazon.com, some Barnes and Nobles and
Best Buys (if they don’t stock it, they can order it), and you can
get all my merchandise, including Tshirts and books, through my
In addition to your Sprockster profile page,
where else can people learn more about you?
My website, and I’m Asheville Skidoo on Facebook. Also
I’ve heard of this thing called Google... Sprockster: That’s it.
Any last words? Answer: Be yourself all the time-who minds doesn’t
matter and who matters doesn’t mind.
Thanks so much, 23!
To learn more about Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, please visit www.secretagent23skidoo.com
23 Skidoo’s new album is called Underground Playground and is
available on iTunes and Amazon.