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