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Naughty by Nature

Naughty by Nature pulled off the neat trick of landing big, instantly catchy anthems on the pop charts while maintaining their street-level credibility among the hardcore rap faithful; one of the first groups to successfully perform such a balancing act. The group was formed in East Orange, NJ, in 1986, while all three members -- MCs Treach (born Anthony Criss) and Vinnie (born Vincent Brown), and DJ Kay Gee (born Keir Gist) -- were attending the same high school. Initially called New Style, they began performing at talent shows and were discovered by Queen Latifah a few years later; she signed the group to her management company and helped them land a deal with Tommy Boy Records. Naughty by Nature's self-titled debut was released in 1991 and produced an inescapable Top Ten hit in "O.P.P." (which supposedly stood for "other people's property," though a close listen to the lyrics revealed that the second P represented male or female genitals). "O.P.P." made Naughty by Nature crossover stars, yet their ghetto sensibility and gritty street funk (not to mention Treach's nimble rhyming technique) made them popular in the hip-hop underground as well. Treach began a secondary acting career in 1992, appearing in Juice; he would go on to supporting roles in The Meteor Man, Who's the Man?, and Jason's Lyric, among others. Naughty by Nature repeated their success with the 1993 follow-up album, 19 Naughty III, which produced another ubiquitous crossover smash in the "hey! ho!" chant of "Hip Hop Hooray"; the album hit the Top Five and, like its predecessor, went platinum. 1995's Poverty's Paradise was the group's final album for Tommy Boy; though it didn't spawn any major hits, it went on to win a Grammy for Best Rap Album. A recording hiatus of several years followed; during that time, Treach pursued his acting career, most notably landing a recurring role on the HBO prison drama Oz; and Kay Gee greatly expanded his outside production work, helming records for Zhané, Aaliyah, Krayzie Bone, and Next, among others. Even outside of music, the group made headlines; in 1997, both Treach and Vinnie were arrested in Harlem for illegal weapons possession, and, in 1999, Treach married Pepa, of Salt-N-Pepa (a union that would dissolve two years later). Also in 1999, Naughty by Nature finally returned with a new album on Arista, titled 19 Naughty Nine: Nature's Fury. "Jamboree," featuring Zhané, was a sizable hit, but though the group looked to be back on track, Kay Gee departed to concentrate full-time on his production career. Treach and Vinnie struck a deal with TVT, and the first Naughty by Nature album as a duo, IIcons, was released in early 2002. Momentum slowed for the group by the latter half of the 2000's, but in 2011, rumors circulated that Naughty by Nature were working on a comeback album, titled Anthem Inc. ~ Steve Huey
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Stations Featuring
Naughty by Nature

    '90s Hip-Hop

    '90s Hip-Hop
    10 songs

    '80s Hip-Hop

    '80s Hip-Hop
    5 songs

    Classic Hip-Hop

    Classic Hip-Hop
    3 songs


    1 song

    Underground Hip-Hop

    1 song

Albums by
Naughty by Nature

Top Songs by
Naughty by Nature

  1.   Song
  2.   O.P.P.
  3.   Hip Hop Hooray
  4.   Everything's Gonna Be Alright
  5.   Uptown Anthem
  6.   Jamboree
  7.   Feel Me Flow
  8.   Guard Your Grill
  9.   Respect Due
  10.   Ready for Dem
  11.   Yoke the Joker
  12.   Craziest
  13.   Naughty by Nature
  14.   Work
  15.   Live or Die
  16.   The Blues
  17.   19 Naughty III
  18.   1, 2, 3
  19.   Would've Done the Same for Me
  20.   World Go Round
  21.   Wickedest Man Alive
  22.   The Shivers
  23.   The Only Ones
  24.   Sleepin' on Jersey
  25.   Rock & Roll
  26.   Let the Ho's Go
  27.   Knock 'Em Out da Box
  28.   It's On
  29.   Iicons
  30.   The Hood Comes First
  31.   Chain Remains
  32.   Medley: Optown Anthem / O.P.P.
  33.   Get To Know Me Better
  34.   I Gotta Lotta
  35.   Flags
  36.   Ashes to Ashes featuring Bumpy Knuckles
  37.   Written on Ya Kitten
  38.   Wild Muthaf***as
  39.   Wicked Bounce
  40.   What You Wanna Do
  41.   What U Don't Know
  42.   Webber Skit
  43.   We Could Do It
  44.   Thugs & Hustlers
  45.   Take It to Ya Face
  46.   Swing Swang
  47.   Sunshine
  48.   Strike a Nerve
  49.   Slang Bang
  50.   Shout Out by Gordon Chambers
  51.   Ring the Alarm
  52.   Red Light
  53.   Rah Rah
  54.   Radio Skit
  55.   Radio
  56.   Poverty's Paradise
  57.   Poor Man's Poetry
  58.   Pin the Tail on the Donkey
  59.   Outro
  60.   On the Run
  61.   N.J. to L.A.
  62.   Mourn You Til I Join You
  63.   Live Then Lay
  64.   Let Me Find Out
  65.   Intro Skit
  66.   Hot Potato
  67.   Holiday
  68.   Holdin' Fort
  69.   Hang out and Hustle
  70.   Feels Good (Don't Worry Bout a Thing)
  71.   Family Tree
  72.   Everyday All Day
  73.   Double I Skit
  74.   Dirt All by My Lonely
  75.   Daddy Was a Street Corner
  76.   Cruddy Clique
  77.   Clap Yo Hands
  78.   City of Ci-Lo
  79.   It's Workin' by Rottin Razkals
  80.   Thankx for Sleepwalking
  81.   Sleepwalkin' II/Shout Outs
  82.   Rhyme'll Shine On
  83.   Klickow-Klickow
  84.   Uptown Anthem, O.P.P., Uptown Anthem
  85.   Ashes to Ashes featuring Bumpy Knuckles