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“Hip-Hop Hooray” – Naughty By Nature

I try to find a really good reason to post this song within the lyrics.  I really did.  I read them all, and there’s nothing special.

Who cares.  I love listening to it, and that’s what’s important.  It’s music!

Naughty By Nature is a Hip-Hop group that hails from East Orange, New Jersey that at the time of its formation in 1989 consisted of Treach, Vin Rock, and the DJ Kay Gee. They are known for being one of the few rap acts who were able to balance success on the pop charts with hardcore rap credibility.

Their first hit as Naughty by Nature was a track called “O.P.P.,” which sampled the Jackson 5’s hit “ABC” and was released in 1991 on their self-titled album Naughty by Nature. The song peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it one of the most successful crossover songs in rap history. The song has become well known in pop culture, being mentioned in TV shows and films such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Malibu’s Most Wanted, Monk, and The Office. “O.P.P.” also gained critical acclaim, being named one of the top 100 rap singles of all time in 1998 by The Source magazine, and being ranked the 20th best single of the ’90s by Spin magazine.

The album also generated another hit, a reworking of Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry” called “Everything’s Gonna be All Right” (the track was also called “Ghetto Bastard” on some explicit releases). That song detailed the experiences of Treach growing up in poverty, and now rising up to live a better life. Powered by the success of that song and “O.P.P.”, their self titled album went platinum.

This is a perfect example of a band that defined Hip-Hop at the point when Hip-Hop was first breaking into the mainstream.  Enjoy it’s ironically innocent nature, it didn’t last long!

Lyrics here.

More about Naughty By Nature here.

Hip Hop Hooray - Greatest Hits: Naughty's Nicest

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