The Adventures of MC Skat Kat and the Stray Mob album came about as the result of Paula Abdul's hugely successful "Opposites Attract" video of 1990, which was directed by Michael Patterson and Candace Reckinger.
MC Skat Kat and the Stray Mob characters were initially created by Michael Patterson and Candace Reckinger with input by Paula for her hit music video "Opposites Attract."
The Stray Mob consists of Fatz (the short, raspy voiced cat who happens to be the second most heard in the album), Taboo, Micetro, Leo, Katleen, and Silk, the first three of whom also appeared in the Opposites Attract music video.
While originally voiced by “The Wild Pair” on Paula Abdul’s “Forever Your Girl” album, a singer known as Derrick “Delite” Stevens who voiced MC Skat Kat’s rap in the single edit of “Opposites Attract” and also performed all of MC Skat Kat’s lead vocals on “The Adventures of MC Skat Kat and the Stray Mob.”
The MC Skat Kat character garnered a huge following post-Opposites Attract that the cartoon eventually found himself with his own record deal on the Virgin/Captive Records label.
The character released an album titled “The Adventures of MC Skat Kat and the Stray Mob” in 1991, but the release of the album flopped quickly after being issued in that same year. Some of the songs made references to Paula Abdul and Opposites Attract, but Abdul did not provide vocals, except for the song "I Ain’t No Kitty"; she did, however, make an appearance in the video of "Skat Strut", the only single to be released. (It was released on September 10th, 1991).
Despite the popularity of its music video (as it became one of the most requested on MTV), the song only reached number 96 on the Billboard Hot 100. The vocal style and length in the music video differed from those from the album version.
Another single from the solo album, "Big Time," was given its own video with revised music. The song was labeled as "Big Time (Animation Mix)" on the Captive Sampler. The video was completed in January 1992, but it remains un-aired as of today. Most of the original animation was done by Eric Goldberg, who at the time was the lead animator of the Genie character in Disney's Aladdin feature film.
MC Skat Kat also appeared in "Yakety Yak - Take it Back", a Public Service Announcement produced by the Take It Back Foundation in 1991. The music video featured appearances by celebrities including Pat Benatar, Natalie Cole, Charlie Daniels, Lita Ford, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Queen Latifah, Kenny Loggins, Randy Newman, Tone Loc, Ozzy Osbourne, Brenda Russell, Barry White, Stevie Wonder and a special appearance by Bugs Bunny in an updated version of "Yakety Yak" retooled with a message about recycling. It premiered on MTV on April 10, 1991 (National Recycling Day), appeared as a trailer at AMC movie theaters, and was distributed on VHS and CD. It was later shown occasionally on Sesame Street during the early 1990’s, although no Sesame Street characters were present. The video also appeared once on Nickelodeon in 1995.
According to producer John Kafka, nobody was sure what to do with Skat after the videos were finished. Virgin Music and Universal Pictures talked of a live-action/animation hybrid feature film, but nothing ever materialized. Paula had even pitched the idea of a live-action/animation show starring Skat Kat to FOX for Saturday morning but nothing ever materialized.
An advertisement for the album can be found in Paula’s “Under My Spell” Tour book and MC Skat Kat made an appearance on tour with Paula for “Opposites Attract” and performed songs off his album during an intermission.