With the new release of his 90’s Snick @ Nite mixtape, SOHH decided to hit up producer Curtiss King to get his take on Nickelodeon’s hip-hop undertones.
While citing certain shows like “Kenan & Kel” for their obvious hip-hop inspiration, King said Nick’s programming, much like rap, dropped gems on its viewers.
“Even back then, when me and my friends were watching the shows when we were young, we were like, ‘These songs are corny,” King told SOHH. “Even the Coolio song for ‘Kenan & Kel.’ That’s why I didn’t sample that because it was like sampling a hip-hop song. Now as an adult, when I listen to those songs, I really see how in comparison how TV shows are for children now, I really see that there are lessons in what they’re saying. Mind you, it’s corny when you’re a kid because it’s no different than somebody older telling you that you should believe in yourself. Even the [theme] song, ‘We All That.'” (SOHH)
He also pointed out how Nick represented 90’s hip-hop’s theme of individuality.
“At the end of the day, I knew in terms of my hip-hop credentials, at that point, I’m on my sixth album now, I have had so many albums prior to this where I was establishing myself as a hip-hop artist and the people who are real, real listeners of my music were willing to stretch. They knew that a lot of the stuff I talked about, I probably mentioned. Or I mentioned me watching stuff like [“Snick”]. They were willing to stretch. Even from a hip-hop standpoint, it still appeals because it was about being yourself and expressing yourself. That’s what the 90’s were about. The 90’s were about individuality and accepting yourself in a crowd of people who may not accept you.” (SOHH)
Earlier this week, King talked about compiling his 90’s Snick @ Nite project.
“[The mixtape] was something I really made on a whim because I didn’t anticipate it being a full project. I was like, “OK, I’m going to just mess with a beat.” The theme quality wasn’t the best because I was getting them off of YouTube and mind you, people were probably uploading them from a VHS tape. So I took them down, downloaded them and did a couple of beats to them. And then before I knew it, I had about nine or ten beats. So I said, “You know what? I could make a mixtape off of this and tap back into the same sort of nostalgia.” That’s exactly what I did for the mixtape.” (SOHH Guest Star)
Last month, Nickelodeon began airing episodes of its classic 90’s programming.
Sitcom “Kenan and Kel” will air weekdays on the network’s TeenNick channel alongside sketch comedy “All That,” “Clarissa Explains It All” (Nick’s first live-action comedy) and animated series “Doug” — four of Nickelodeon’s most iconic shows from the 1990s. Obsessives can also sign on to The90sAreAllThat.com to connect with other fans, access exclusive content and lobby for beloved shows they want to see on-air. (Washington Post)
Check out Curtiss King’s mixtape below: