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