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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 Urban Music

    '80s Urban Music
    5 songs

    '80s Hip-Hop

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