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Secret Agency
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23 Skidoo and the Secret Agency

April 21, 2024

This event occurred as part of the 23/24 Hop Presents season. This is an archived view.

Head-boppin' hip-hop for the whole family.

23/24 Hop Presents

Rhymers with deft styles and deep vocabulary trade verses with singers whose harmonies are as sweet as they are strong. The Secret Agency is an interactive and inspiring hip-hop experience for families everywhere, mixing the highly literate lyrical style of golden age hip-hop with soul, funk, reggae and storytelling alongside rapper and beat-maker 23 Skidoo.

Celebrated as the King of Kid-Hop, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is a Grammy-winning, internationally touring, purple velvet tuxedo-wearing family funk phenomenon. Combining the positive, primal power of hip-hop with the surreal storytelling of science fiction, 23 Skidoo has concocted a potent potion that wows family crowds across the planet.

Photo: courtesy of the artists

Hip hop has always been about bringing different elements together to create a powerful artistic union. The Secret Agency represents this through the diversity of its members, each of whom come from different backgrounds and bring unique skills to the show. From musical theater graduates to battle champions, they all unite under the original purpose of hip-hop culture: Peace, Love, Unity, and Having Fun!  The Secret Agency encourages kids to be proud of their own unique individuality, and remind grownups how exciting, scary, and beautiful it is to be young.

In 2007, Skidoo 23 had already spent over a decade touring the nation with various live band/hip hop groups as a rapper and producer. He'd opened up for MOS DEF, RUN DMC, P-Funk All Stars and The Sun Ra Arkestra. Taking a break from the road, Skidoo taught his daughter, little Saki (aka MC Fireworks) how to rap, and together they made the world's first album of family hip-hop, literally from a family that makes hip-hop. It caught on quick, and they soon had a #1 hit on SiriusXM's family channel, which started planting seeds across the nation and beyond. In the next decade, 23 Skidoo, MC Fireworks and Bootysattva (aka Mom) rocked lots of shows with a bunch of awesome friends who sang, scratched records, danced, played instruments and did backflips. They played Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and the Smithsonian. They flew to Canada for the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and to India for the Buddy Daddy Family Festival. They got glowing reviews in TIME, USA Today, People and a bunch of other magazines. They racked up a total of ten #1 hits on SiriusXM, and ended up on NPR's All Things Considered twice. Their music videos are currently playing on NBC's kids' show Sprout House. And in 2014, they got nominated for a Grammy, and in 2017, they WON the Grammy for Best Children's Recording! That was cool. Got to go onstage in a tophat and everything. As well as releasing six full-length albums, two books, one record, a line of hot sauce and an EP that combines the entire Asheville Symphony with beats and rhymes, 23 Skidoo has written and produced the music for the US Library's Summer Reading Program for six years running. 

“Nobody is making better ‘Kid-Hop’ than Secret Agent 23 Skidoo.”

NPR

“Secret Agent 23 Skidoo has married the complex beats of hip-hop with the magical world of kids.”

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