Today in Hip Hop History: Naughty by Nature

Today in Hip Hop History: Naughty By Nature (1991)
Today in Hip Hop History: Naughty By Nature (1991)

Today in Hip Hop History: September 3, 1991

Following the commercial and cultural success of lead single “OPP”, Naughty by Nature released their 2nd studio album, Naughty by Nature, through Tommy Boy Records in 1991. The creators of the term “Down Wit’ OPP” consisted of Treach, Vin Rock and DJ Kay Gee. The album was mostly self produced, with outside help from Louie Vega. It featured the likes of Queen Latifah, Lakim Shabazz, Apache and Aphrodity.

The album’s production was a major part of its hit success; it included samples from Billy Squier, Jackson 5, Ohio Players, James Brown, Public Enemy, Earth, Wind & Fire, Isley Brothers and many more classic artists. The third single of the album, “Uptown Anthem”, first appeared on the Juice Soundtrack despite not appearing on earlier releases of Naughty by Nature. Additionally the song “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” is featured on the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 Video Game Soundtrack. The second single of the album, “Everything;s Gonna Be Alright” is also known as “Ghetto Bastard” on more explicit releases of the album.

Naughty by Nature peaked at #16 on the Billboard 200 and #10 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums Chart. In 1998, the album was selected as one of the 100 Best Rap albums by The Source. The album became RIAA certified platinum on February 6, 1992, due in large part to the hit single, “O.P.P.“, which reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1991. “OPP” was also named as one of The Source‘s 100 Best Rap Singles and #22 on VH1‘s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. The first single off of Naughty by Nature was a huge crossover success, pushing hip hopinto the mainstream in addition to helping the sophomore album of Naughty by Nature to become a classic East Coast hip hop album.

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