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Naughty by Nature

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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

    '80s Urban Music

    '80s Urban Music
    5 songs

    Classic Hip-Hop

    Classic Hip-Hop
    3 songs

    Funk

    1 song

    Underground Hip-Hop

    1 song

Albums by
Naughty by Nature

Top Songs by
Naughty by Nature

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