Naughty by Nature (album)

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Naughty by Nature
Studio album by Naughty by Nature
Released September 3, 1991
Recorded 1991
Genre East Coast hip hop, gangsta rap
Length 60:15
Label Tommy Boy
Producer Naughty By Nature, Louie Vega
Naughty by Nature chronology
Independent Leaders
(1989)
Naughty by Nature
(1991)
19 Naughty III
(1993)
Singles from Naughty by Nature
  1. "O.P.P. (song)"
    Released: August 24, 1991
  2. "Everything's Gonna Be Alright"
    Released: November 26, 1991
  3. "Uptown Anthem"
    Released: January 22, 1992

Naughty by Nature is the self-titled second album from Naughty by Nature, released on September 3, 1991 through Tommy Boy Records. It was a critical and commercial success, having been certified platinum on February 6, 1992, thanks in large part to the hit single, "O.P.P.", which reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1991.

Additional singles released from the album were "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" and "Uptown Anthem", both of which were minor hits on the Billboard charts.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly A[2]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[4]

Stanton Swihart of Allmusic claims that it was the most "contagious crossover radio smash in the autumn of 1991."[1] In addition, Swihart considers Naughty by Nature to be "both a pop and a rap classic," as well as a "must-have album for fans of East Coast rap."[1]

In 1998, the album was selected as one of the 100 Best Rap albums by The Source.[clarification needed]

Lyrics[edit]

Army with harmony Dave drop a load on 'em

OPP, how can I explain it I'll take you frame by frame it To have y'all jumpin' shall we singin' it O is for Other, P is for People scratchin' temple The last P...well...that's not that simple It's sorta like another way to call a cat a kitten It's five little letters that are missin' here You get on occassion at the other party As a game 'n it seems I gotta start to explainin' Bust it You ever had a girl and met her on a nice hello You get her name and number and then you feelin' real mellow You get home, wait a day, she's what you wanna know about Then you call up and it's her girlfriend or her cousin's house It's not a front, F to the R to the O to the N to the T It's just her boyfriend's at her house (Boy, that's what is scary) It's OPP, time other people's what you get it There's no room for relationship there's just room to hit it How many brothers out there know just what I'm gettin' at Who thinks it's wrong 'cos I'm splittin' and co-hittin' at Well if you do, that's OPP and you're not down with it But if you don't, here's your membership

[Chorus:] You down with OPP (Yeah you know me) [x3] Who's down with OPP (Every last homie) You down with OPP (Yeah you know me) [x3] Who's down with OPP (All the homies)

As for the ladies, OPP means something gifted The first two letters are the same but the last is something different It's the longest, loveliest, lean- I call it the leanest It's another five letter word rhymin' with cleanest and meanest I won't get into that, I'll do it...ah...sorta properly I say the last P...hmmm...stands for property Now lady here comes a kiss, blow a kiss back to me, now tell me exactly Have you ever known a brother who have another like ah girl or wife And you just had to stop and just 'cos he look just as nice You looked at him, he looked at you and you knew right away That he had someone but he was gonna be yours anyway You couldn't be seen with him and honestly you didn't care 'Cos in a room behind a door no one but y'all are there When y'all are finish, y'all can leave and only y'all would know And then y'all could throw the skeleton bones right in the closet do' Now don't be shocked 'cos if you're down I want your hands up high Say OPP (OPP) I like to say with pride Now when you do it, do it well and make sure that it counts You're now down with a discount

[Chorus:] You down with OPP (Yeah you know me) [x3] Who's down with OPP (Every last lady) You down with OPP (Yeah you know me) [x3] Who's down with OPP (All the ladies)

This girl ah tried to OPP me I had a girl and she knew that matter-of-fact my girl was partner's that Had a fall out, disagreement, yeah an argument She tried to do me so we did it in my apartment, bust it That wasn't the thing it must have been the way she hit the ceiling 'Cos after that she kept on coming back and catchin' feelings I said, "Let's go my girl is coming so you gotta leave" She said, "Oh no, I love you Treach" I said, "Now child please" You gots to leave, come grab your coat, right now you gotta go I said now look you to the stairs and to the stairwindow This was a thing, a little thing, you shouldn't have put your heart 'Cos you know I was OPP, hell from the very start Come on, come on, now let me tell you what it's all about When you get down, you can't go 'round runnin' off at the mouth That's rule number one in this OPP establishment You keep your mouth shut and it won't get back to her or him Exciting isn't it, a special kinda business Many of you will catch the same sorta OPP is you with Him or her for sure is going to admit it When OPP comes, damn-- skippy I'm with it

[Chorus:] You down with OPP (Yeah you know me) [x3] Who's down with OPP (This whole party) You down with OPP (Yeah you know me) [x3] Who's down with OPP (This whole party)

Break it down!

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Yoke the Joker" – 5:13
  2. "Wickedest Man Alive (feat. Queen Latifah)" – 4:21
  3. "O.P.P." – 4:31
  4. "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" – 4:51
  5. "Let the Ho's Go" – 4:16
  6. "Every Day All Day" – 5:41
  7. "Guard Your Grill" – 5:02
  8. "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" – 3:47
  9. "1, 2, 3 (feat. Lakim Shabazz and Apache)" – 4:44
  10. "Strike a Nerve" – 6:22
  11. "Rhyme'll Shine On (feat. Aphrodity)" – 3:56
  12. "Thankx for Sleepwalking" – 5:26
  13. "Uptown Anthem" – 3:04
  • "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" is known as "Ghetto Bastard" on certain explicit releases.
  • "Uptown Anthem" first appeared on the Juice soundtrack and did not appear on early releases of the album.
  • "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" appears on the soundtrack for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2

Samples[edit]

"Yoke the Joker"

"Wickedest Man Alive"

"O.P.P."

"Everything's Gonna Be Alright"

"Let the Ho's Go"

"Every Day All Day"

"Guard Your Grill"

"Pin the Tail on the Donkey"

  • "I Don't Know What This World Is Coming To" by Wattstax
  • "Welcome to the Terrordome" by Public Enemy

"1, 2, 3"

"Rhyme'll Shine On"

"Thankx for Sleepwalking"

Chart performance[edit]

Album chart positions[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
1991 Naughty by Nature 16 10

Singles chart positions[edit]

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales Hot Dance Music/Club Play
1991 "O.P.P." 6 5 1 1 7
1992 "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" 53 12 9 8 -
"Uptown Anthem" - 58 27 16 -

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Swihart, Stanton. "Naughty by Nature - Naughty by Nature". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 June 2009. 
  2. ^ Bernard, James (4 October 1991). "Naughty by Nature Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Naughty by Nature". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 570. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.