Green’s Dictionary of Slang

kick v.3

[kick n.5 ]

1. to amuse or entertain one’s audience.

[UK]J. Ware Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.

2. to perform well or with energy, usu. of music.

[US] in AS XLVI: Go, kick it, v. To improvise rhythmically and expertly on a given medley.
[US]P. Crump Burn, Killer, Burn! 92: Dig my man Roach kicking them weird sounds, momma.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Apr. 6: kick – be strong or powerful, full of energy. ‘That song kicks.’.
[US]G. Pelecanos Shame the Devil 229: The rhythm section kicked, and the guitars made it rock.

3. to feel the effects of a drug.

Hal Ellson Golden Spike 138: He hit himself and, as he began to kick, he said, ‘Look at him, he wants to stay off it.’.

4. to delight, to please.

[US]A. Childress Like One of the Family 12: What kicks some people just bugs me and vice is versa!
[US]P. Crump Burn, Killer, Burn! 49: If it kicks you off to go around warring with other people, it’s all right with Treetop.
[US] in S. Harris Hellhole 145: ‘You like the shit?’ I said, ‘Oh man, it kicks all right.’.

5. see kick it v.2 (2)

6. see boot v.5 (1)