Hip Hop Hooray

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"Hip Hop Hooray"
Single by Naughty by Nature
from the album 19 Naughty III
Released December 10, 1992 (UK)
January 19, 1993 (US)
Recorded September - October 1992 at Unique Recording Studios NYC
Genre Hip hop, new jack swing
Length 4:26
Label Tommy Boy Records
Writer(s) Vincent Brown, Anthony Criss, Keir Gist
Producer(s) DJ Kay Gee
Naughty by Nature singles chronology
"Uptown Anthem"
"Hip Hop Hooray"
"It's On"

"Hip Hop Hooray" is song by American hip hop group, Naughty by Nature. The song spent one week at number one on the US R&B chart, and reached number eight on the US Pop chart.[1] It contains samples from "Funky President" by James Brown, "Don't Change Your Love" by Five Stairsteps, "Make Me Say it Again, Girl" by Isley Brothers, "You Can't Turn Me Away" by Sylvia Striplin, "74 Miles Away" by Cannonball Adderley Quintet, and "Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel. The song contains lyrics boasting the group's love of hip hop and their fascination with good-looking women. The chorus of "hey...ho...hey...ho" lyric is among the most popular choruses in the genre. The Seattle Mariners would play the song after Ken Griffey Jr. was officially announced coming to bat at the Kingdome, especially in 1995, the year of the Mariners' first Major League Baseball playoff appearance. Kids Incorporated covered "Hip Hop Hooray" in 1993 in the Season 9 episode "Writing on the Wall".

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Spike Lee, who also appears in it. Queen Latifah, Eazy-E, Monie Love, Da Youngsta's, Kris Kross and Run-DMC also make appearances in the video.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hip Hop Hooray" (LP Version)
  2. "Hip Hop Hooray" (Extended Mix)
  3. "The Hood Comes First" (LP Version)
  4. "Hip Hop Hooray" (Instrumental)
  5. "The Hood Comes First" (Instrumental)


Chart (1992–93) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 33
Canada Dance (RPM)[3] 1
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[4] 59
Germany (Official German Charts)[5] 19
Ireland (IRMA) 23
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[6] 24
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 6
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 22
US Billboard Hot 100 8
US Billboard Hot Rap Singles 3
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles & Tracks 1
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play 9
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 1
End of year chart (1993) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[8] 8


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[9] Platinum 700,000[10]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 424. 
  2. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Naughty By Nature – Hip Hop Hooray". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  3. ^ Canadian Dance peak
  4. ^ Canadian Top Singles peak
  5. ^ "Musicline.de – Naughty By Nature Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  6. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Naughty By Nature search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  7. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Naughty By Nature – Hip Hop Hooray". Top 40 Singles.
  8. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1993". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  9. ^ "American single certifications – Naughty By Nature – Hip Hop Hooray". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 2, 2015.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  10. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1993". Billboard (BPI Communications) 106 (3): 73. January 15, 1994. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 

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