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