May 082012

Finding appropriate music for tween boys that they actually like can be rather difficult, but Secret Agent 23 Skidoo has created the solution.  At first glance Make Believers by Secret Agent 23 Skidoo seems a little confused, but after listening to a few of the songs, the purpose behind the madness emerges little by little. With about 40 guest artists and a mix of musical genres from hip hop, to R&B and even salsa rythms, there is a surprise around every turn on Make Believers.

Time Out New York Kids magazine just named Secret Agent 23 Skidoo one of America’s top 10 Best Bands for Kids, and it is a well-deserved honor. The genius about Make Believers really is the lyrics, as the lyrics have a bit of a tween twist to them. Magic Beans and Hi-5-For The Hi-Dive is full of hip hop rythms with lyrics that tweens can relate to, but even younger kids will enjoy this CD and parents will too.

As a mother I love Nightmares Disappear, which starts out slowly and you just want to take the little ones and dance around in the living room. The slow pace continues throughout the song, but then Secret Agent 23 Skidoo breaks into the ballad with his hip hop beat and lyrics.

Another one of my favorites is Make The Future, because the lyrics have a great message, and Secret Agent Skidoo delivers the message in a rapping way that will make even tween boys listen. Make The Future celebrates ambition and wanting to make a difference, and the song encourages kids to be active in shaping the future instead of just letting it pass them by.

My nine-year-old son especially likes Gotta Be You, which is all about being your own friend and handling bullying. Another one of his favorites is Magic Beans with the hip hop spin on a classic children’s story.

Make Believers by Secret Agent Skidoo is an album with many layers, and while it is easy to just brush it off as just another kids music CD trying to be grown up, it has a sophistication that should be celebrated. Peel back the layers one after one, and you will find special messages, phenomenal rythms and lyrical complexity.


Secret Agent Skidoo is on tour, so check out the tour schedule below. If you’re lucky, Secret Angent Skidoo will play in concert near you.


Secret Agent Skidoo 2012 Tour Schedule:  (Get updates at

May 12 – New Hanover Storytelling Festival, Wilmington, NC

May 20- CD release show, Orange Peel, Asheville, NC

June 9 – Baby Loves Disco Family Fun Fest, Philadelphia, PA

June 12 – Tulsa Children’s Library, Tulsa, OK

June 30 – Indy Parks and Rec Family series, Indianapolis

July 14 – Toubab Krewe Festival, Asheville, NC

August 2 and 3 – NYC Parks

August 4 – Jammin Java, Vienna, VA

Buy Make Believers by Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

 Make Believers by Secret Agent 23 Skidoo will be released on May 22nd, and you can buy it in digital form or via regular CD at You find out how to buy concert tickets and more at

Win Make Believers by Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is giving a way a copy of his newest release Make Believers to one of Frugality Is Free’s reades.

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his giveaway will end Wednesday June 13th at Midnight. EST.  

The giveaway is open to US residents, 18 years old or older – only one entrant per household. I will chose the winner via, and the winner will be notified by e-mail. Make sure to leave your email, or have your contact available on your blogger profile. The winner will have 48 hours to respond, and if there is no response another winner will be chosen. No P.O Boxes.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary Make Believers sample for the purpose of writing a review and hosting a giveaway, no monetary compensation was received. Any opinions expressed above are based solely on my family’s experience with the kids music on Make Believers by Secret Agent Skidoo.

  27 Responses to “Make Believers By Secret Agent 23 Skidoo Review & Giveaway”

  1. Cute

  2. I learned that the band just played at the SMITHSONIAN.

  3. that he tours with his daughter and wife…interesting

  4. I learned that the band just played at the SMITHSONIAN that was neat to learn

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  6. Secret Agent 23 Skidoo bumps up both the volume and the self esteem!! Awesome!

  7. I learned that he was a rapper and producer

  8. He has shared the stage with RUN DMC- now that is awesome!

  9. I learned that he tours with his wife and daughter!

  10. Underground Playground (2010) also scored topspins on Sirius-XM and garnered glowing reviews from Time and NPR’s “All Things Considered.” In addition to praise for his studio albums, 23 Skidoo has rocked sets around the nation including performances at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, The Winnipeg Folk Festival, Irving Plaza, Legoland and The Smithsonian.

  11. I learned he’s making a zombie-filled music video called “Shambles”.

  12. I learned he will be in OK in June.

  13. My kids would love this!

  14. I learned that he takes his wife and daughter on tour with him, and he is a rapper!

  15. He tours with his family!

  16. he has shared the stage with the likes of Run DMC, Mos Def, Talib Kweli and the P Funk All Stars

  17. My Daughter would love this!!

  18. His first album was made for his daughter, and the music grows with her.

  19. […] Cool Kids CD Make Believers by Secret Agent 23 Skidoo Giveaway […]

    Was chosen to create the
    U.S. Library System’s national radio commercial for the
    The 2010 Collaborative Summer Library Program

  21. That he tours with his family

  22. I learned/like that he tours with his wife and kids

  23. He was a rapper.

  24. I learned that he tours with his family

  25. He is also dropping a brand new full-length Hip Hop album for grown-ups in 2012 called Monkeywrench

  26. was nominated for and won a Grammy in the Children’s Music category

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