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]

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.