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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released September 3, 1991 | Tommy Boy Music, LLC

There was not a bigger, more contagious crossover radio smash in the autumn of 1991 than Naughty by Nature's "O.P.P.," a song that somehow managed the trick of being both audaciously catchy and subversively coy at the same time. Its irrepressible appeal -- the Jackson 5 sample, the saucy subject matter, the huge anthemic chorus, Treach's phat rat-a-tat flow -- was so widespread, in fact, that it played just as well to the hardcore heads in the hood as it did to the hip-hop dabblers in the suburbs. The beauty of the trio's self-titled full-length debut is that it is every bit as musically accomplished, and every bit as ghetto fabulous, in its entirety as that watershed first single. Naughty by Nature is both a pop and a rap classic that chews up stylistic real estate by the block, easily shifting from an old-school rhyme-off between Treach and Vinnie ("Pin the Tail on the Donkey"), the unflappable "Louie Louie" Vega-produced posse cut "1, 2, 3" (with verses from Flavor Unit compadres Lakim Shabazz and Apache), and the teeth-clinching combative dirge "Guard Your Grill," all of which very much come out swinging from the streets, to the more measured, emotionally developed "Ghetto Bastard," which brings an upbeat but nail-tough point of view to a grim tale of parental and societal deprivation without ever asking for an ounce of sympathy. With the assistance of Queen Latifah's makeshift patois, the trio even brought something of the Caribbean to East Orange with "Wickedest Man Alive." All the tracks are as street as they are club astute, trimming the funk loops with live keyboards and saxophone and sanguine, soulful melodies. A must-have album for fans of East Coast rap. ~ Stanton Swihart
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released June 21, 2005 | Tommy Boy Music, LLC

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released February 8, 2005 | Tommy Boy Music, LLC

Despite an excellent debut album, Naughty by Nature was pegged as a one-hit wonder by some observers -- after all, they'd never duplicate the inescapably catchy "O.P.P.," would they? 19 Naughty III's lead single, "Hip Hop Hooray," proved that they could, and the album confirmed that Naughty by Nature were indeed highly underrated in terms of consistency. It's a shade less consistent than the debut, but has all the same strengths: head-nodding beats, Treach's bouncy flow, and a difficult balance between street attitude and accessibility. Naughty by Nature clearly comes from the streets, and have all the aggression of the streets, but they don't glamorize the streets; sure, they'll take care of themselves in a harsh environment, but ultimately they prefer to steer clear of trouble, cops, and jail. It's a refreshingly grounded and realistic perspective, best heard on "Daddy Was a Street Corner," "The Hood Comes First," and "The Only Ones." There are also energized guest appearances from Heavy D ("Ready for Dem") and Queen Latifah ("Sleeping on Jersey"). Kay Gee again shows himself a sorely underappreciated producer, with one foot in the clubs and the other one on the street corner, and that's true of the group as a whole. A few slower moments don't prevent 19 Naughty III from ranking as Naughty by Nature's second straight triumph. ~ Steve Huey
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released May 2, 1995 | Tommy Boy Music, LLC

For their third album, Naughty By Nature do little to truly change their style. Some of the beats are little slower and funkier, some of the rhymes are more dexterous, some of the rhythms are a little more complex -- yet nothing distinguishes Poverty's Paradise from the group's two previous, and superior, records. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released November 29, 2019 | Tommy Boy Music, LLC

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released December 13, 2011 | eOne Music

The rap game has changed significantly since Naughty by Nature arrived on the scene 20 years ago with 1991's seminal Naughty by Nature album. Even since their last album in 2002, nearly a decade has passed -- an eternity in the rap industry and enough time for “hip-hop” to become a historical term. Treach, Vin Rock, and Kay Gee (together again for the first time since 1999′s 19 Naughty Nine: Nature’s Fury) are well aware of their status as veterans on 2011’s Anthem Inc., and are eager to regain acceptance from a community that forgot about them. The group members never seem bitter and celebrate their longevity, thanking a crowd for sticking with them in the live intro, and recognizing their career highlights by tacking revisions of their five biggest singles on the end. Of course, these newly recorded versions are no substitutions for the original “Hip Hop Hooray,” “O.P.P.," “Feel Me Flow,” "Uptown Anthem,” and "Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” and seem more like they exist for the sole purpose of showing that the trio can still perform the classics on tour. The rest of the tracks aren’t bad, though, and notwithstanding a few speed bumps, the trio retains the core sound that made it famous. The thug sentiments, boom-bap beats, and big pop hooks of “Perfect Party” and “Flags” recall those of their crossover smashes, and, partly due to a chorus provided by Queen Latifah, “God Is Us” is a buttery-smooth highlight. ~ Jason Lymangrover
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released April 22, 1999 | Arista

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released November 25, 2013 | X-Ray Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released May 10, 2019 | Tommy Boy Music, LLC

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released March 3, 2017 | Arista - Legacy

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released March 3, 2017 | Arista - Legacy

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released April 23, 2002 | The Orchard

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released May 10, 2019 | Tommy Boy Music, LLC

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released May 7, 2019 | Tommy Boy Music, LLC

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released October 25, 2010 | Illtown Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released April 23, 2002 | The Orchard

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released April 27, 1990 | Famous Records, Corp.

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released February 26, 2002 | The Orchard

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released November 16, 2010 | Illtown Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released July 26, 2010 | Illtown Records