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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 Urban Music

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