Slacker Logo

Naughty by Nature

ON AIR
Advertisement
Advertisement

Bio

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
Read All Read Less

Albums by
Naughty by Nature

false

    14 songs

    On Air

    IIcons

    14 songs

    On Air

    Iicons - Clean

    16 songs

    On Air

    19 Naughty Nine: Nature's Fury

    16 songs

    On Air

    19 Naughty Nine: Nature's Fury

    21 songs

    On Air

    Poverty's Paradise

    14 songs

    On Air

    19 Naughty III

    13 songs

    On Air

    Naughty by Nature

    4 songs

    On Air

    O.P.P. - Best of Naughty by Nature

    5 songs

    On Air

    Get To Know Me Better

    5 songs

    On Air

    Flags

    5 songs

    On Air

    Rhino Hi-Five: Naughty by Nature

    1 song

    On Air

    Get To Know Me Better

    5 songs

    On Air

    Feels Good (Don't Worry Bout a Thing) [5 Tracks]

    14 songs

    On Air

    Icons

    16 songs

    On Air

    Greatest Hits: Naughty's Nicest

    17 songs

    On Air

    Nature's Finest: Naughty by Nature's Greatest Hits

    18 songs

    On Air

    Anthem Inc.

    15 songs

    On Air

    Iicons [UK Bonus Track]

    15 songs

    On Air

    Greatest Hits: Naughty's Nicest

    3 songs

    On Air

    Feels Good [UK CD]

    2 songs

    On Air

    Clap Yo Hands

    1 song

    On Air

    Written on Ya Kitten

    4 songs

    On Air

    The Essential EP


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.   Ready for Dem
  9.   Respect Due
  10.   Guard Your Grill
  11.   Yoke the Joker
  12.   Craziest
  13.   Hip Hop Hooray
  14.   It's On
  15.   God Is Us by Queen Latifah
  16.   Perfect Party
  17.   Wickedest Man Alive
  18.   Feels Good (Don't Worry Bout a Thing)
  19.   19 Naughty III
  20.   Naughty by Nature
  21.   Live or Die featuring Master P
  22.   Wild Muthafuckas (Ft Lil John & Chyna Whyte)
  23.   The Blues by Next
  24.   Sleepin' on Jersey
  25.   Cruddy Clique
  26. See All Songs

Stations & Shows Featuring
Naughty by Nature

    On Air

    Slacker 20: East Coast Hip Hop

    On Air

    '90s Hip Hop

    On Air

    Old School Rap

    On Air

    Masters Of Hip Hop

    On Air

    Funk

    On Air

    Nasty Hip Hop

    On Air

    Counting Crows: I Am the DJ

    On Air

    2Pac: DNA

    On Air

    Hip Hop Workout

    On Air

    Dr. Dre: DNA

    On Air

    Jay Z: DNA

    On Air

    Classic Hip Hop Deep Dive

    On Air

    The Notorious B.I.G.: DNA

    On Air

    N.W.A.: DNA

    On Air

    Backpack Rap

    On Air

    Sunday In The Park

    On Air

    Party Hits

    On Air

    Great Songs You Forgot

    On Air

    All-Time Hits

    On Air

    Party Hip Hop/R&B

    On Air

    '90s Hits

    On Air

    SVP & Russillo Music Show

    On Air

    Underground Hip Hop


Artists Related to
Naughty by Nature

On Air

N.W.A

On Air

Big Daddy Kane

On Air

Run DMC

On Air

Slick Rick

On Air

House of Pain

On Air

Marley Marl

On Air

Das EFX

On Air

Boogie Down Productions

On Air

EPMD

On Air

Son of Bazerk

On Air

Schoolly D

On Air

Kool G Rap & DJ Polo

On Air

Public Enemy

On Air

Cypress Hill

On Air

Too $hort

On Air

Ice-T

On Air

Eazy-E

On Air

Ice Cube

On Air

Method Man

On Air

B.O.N.E. Enterprise

On Air

Erick Sermon

On Air

Gravediggaz

On Air

Wu-Tang Clan

On Air

Jam Master Jay

See All Related Artists

Loading Sliders...
  1. + -

 
 
Advertisement

LIVE STREAM...

LIVE STREAM...
Casting to |