First off I would like to say thanks for all the love you all have been showing me. via emails and random props. I’m sorry I’ve been off the groove. I’m playing basketball without that basketball if you catch my drift.
Speaking of least likely comebacks. Where’s Ya kid K at son?. I haven’t seen her on Celebrity Fat Club or Surreal Life. Pump Up the Jam….I mean I hated it It wouldn’t not go off the radio. Black radio. Crossover radio. Grocery stores. I saw the video on The Video Music Box or Friday Night Videos. It certainly wasn’t cable. I didn’t have cable. Radio was showing the UK sound mad love in the 90’s. Snap ! Imagination! M/A/R/R/S, Enigma even Lisa Stansfield was getting love on American radio.
Technotroic brought you and apparently your moms….
Pump up the Jam and Move This.
Ya kid Kamosi was a cross colours reppin, Au Coton sporting, Doc Martin stomping mc. I didn’t like her song but she was major. ::wait:: I’m bugging. I sung her song and left the dial alone. It became corny when something better was on. I know the damn words okay :: She was doing international numbers untraditionally as a female hip house mc. It didn’t hurt that she did an entire video with models….Just her and some models. That was quite pimpish if I don’t say so myself.
Andro (butch) was the way to be the female MC. Sex had not started to sell yet. Not like that, not in hip hop. Salt and Pepa, Yo Yo and Oaktown 357 all came out out either sporty or hard. I mean how HARD are shiny patent leather platform shoes. The formal contrasts were hammer pants and Polka dots anyone ? Ladybug? The Boss ? West Side !!!
It was then in all of this I felt most realized. Most apart of hip hop. I felt comfortable dressing like that with my growing hat fetish and preppy styles. [ Hip Hop has always given us a case for flossing. Kangols, Sherlings, anything Boyz II Men wore was the flavor. More on that in “Chill out Preppy Dykes” or “ Hey, You’re not Popping your Collar”] It wasn't always the music. Sometimes it was the attitude.
.: Make My Day :.
Ya Kid K was born Manuela Barbara Moasco Kamosi in Zaire, 1973. By the time she was 11, Kamosi had moved to Belgium. From there she traveled to Chicago, arriving in the Windy City just in time for the mid-'80s underground house music boom. Kamosi ingratiated herself into the scene, eventually taking the rap name Ya Kid K. After moving back to Antwerp, Ya Kid K started rapping with the local Fresh Beat Productions crew. (FBP were well known as one of the initial groups in the "FritHop" scene, which was what rapping in Flemish came to be known as.) At the same time, would-be techno producer and transplanted American Jo Bogaert (real name: Thomas de Quincy) was shopping his demo of music that fused house rhythms with hip-hop vocals and attitude. It found its way to Ya Kid K and Welshman MC Eric (last name: Martin), and the two quickly united with Bogaert to form Technotronic.
Technotronic's single "Pump up the Jam" was an international smash in 1989. Featuring Ya Kid's laconic, somewhat androgynous vocals over an insistent 4/4 beat and pulsating synths, the song was the embodiment of Bogaert's hip-house formula. But in a classic case of record-business tomfoolery, Ya Kid K was almost shut out of stardom. Despite K's lead rap on "Pump up the Jam," Bogaert had hired South African model Felly to appear on the cover of Technotronic's debut, as well as in the "Pump up the Jam" video, lip-synching raps in a language she did not speak. Controversy ensued, and both Ya Kid K and MC Eric were featured in the videos for the sound-alike follow-up singles "Get Up! (Before the Night Is Over") and "Rockin' Over the Beat." K went on to contribute a rap to Belgian rap crew Hi Tek 3's 1990 hit "Spin That Wheel."
She also did what any newly minted celebrity would do: She contributed a song to the soundtrack for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II. "Awesome" appeared in August of 1991 and led up to the release of her solo debut. In 1992, at the world-weary age of 19, Ya Kid K issued One World Nation. Led by the Technotronic cast-off single "Move This," the album received a brief boost when the song was used in a wide-ranging campaign for Revlon cosmetics.
Do you know where she is?
Two words for you kids: Publishing Royalties
Shake that Body for Me.