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Naughty By Nature’s “O.P.P.” was the quintessential rap crossover of its time; its lascivious hook is impossible not to shout along to. But don’t be fooled by the bright-eyed Michael Jackson and Beatles samples. The East Orange trio’s self-titled 1991 debut strikes a fine balance between pop and street. "Guard Your Grill" sets threats to a piano-infused break, and "Uptown Anthem" turns a rumble into a call-and-response chant. For every earworm melody, Treach has gritty, deeply personal bars, as on the gut-wrenching but hopeful “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.”

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Classic Yesterday Today and Tomorrow

I stumbled across this album while browsing through I tunes and it put a smile on my face in that "boy that takes me back" kind of way. I was 11 when this came out. I started listening to the samples expecting it to sound alot like most of the early 90's rap that I remember (the Fu Shnickens, WTF?) 30 seconds later I was buying it, again, for the first time. This is a classic: fantstic beats and two great rappers (Treach, Vinny) sharing the spotlight. Evenly split between club bangers and grimy east coast battle raps, this is a must own and is guaranteed to play in your pod longer than 90% of the new rap out there (D4L, WTF?) If you had it then buy it again, if you never heard it, pick it up. You wont be dissapionted. For a similar treat go back and grab black moon's "enta da stage".


O.P.P. is one of my favourite songs ever. This album is a great hit by Naughty by Nature. Hip Hop Hooray is also a jammin' track on this album.

A classic!

Naughty By Nature's 1991 self-titled debut can rightfully be called timeless. The album is solid from beginning to end. Songs such as "O.P.P", "Yoke the Yoker" and "Wickedest Man Alive" moved hip hop forward to new heights. Treach is simply an incredibly gifted wordsmith. From his double time cadence to his skillfull use of metaphors, syllables and slant rhymes, you would be hard pressed to find very many modern emcees who weren't influenced by him in some way. A thourougly enjoyable experience.


Formed: 1991 in East Orange, NJ

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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