O.P.P. (song)

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"O.P.P."
Naughty by Nature single cover O.P.P.jpg
Single by Naughty by Nature
from the album Naughty by Nature
B-side "The Wickedest Man Alive"
Released August 24, 1991
Format CD, cassette, 12"
Recorded 1991; Unique Recording Studios
(New York City, New York, U.S.)
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:31 (album version)
6:41 (Ultamix remix)
Label Tommy Boy Records
Songwriter(s) Vincent Brown, Anthony Criss, Keir Gist, Alphonzo Mizell, Deke Richards, Freddie Perren, Liam Kantwill, Berry Gordy, Jr.
Producer(s) Naughty by Nature
Naughty by Nature singles chronology
"Scuffin' Those Knees"
(1989)
"O.P.P."
(1991)
"Everything's Gonna Be Alright"
(1992)

"Scuffin' Those Knees"
(1989)
"O.P.P."
(1991)
"Everything's Gonna Be Alright"
(1992)

"O.P.P." is a song by American rap group Naughty by Nature. It was released in August 1991 as the lead single from their self-titled debut album Naughty by Nature. The song was one of the first rap songs to become a pop hit when it reached #6 in the U.S. and #35 in the UK in 1991. Its declaration, "Down Wit' O.P.P" was a popular catchphrase in the United States in the early-1990s. It was a hugely successful single, as Allmusic described: "There was not a bigger, more contagious crossover radio smash in the autumn of 1991 than Naughty by Nature's ‘O.P.P.'"[1]

In 1998, the song was named one of the 100 best rap singles by The Source.[2]

In 2008, it was ranked #22 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. It also appeared as #53 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the '90s.

Content[edit]

The song samples Melvin Bliss's "Synthetic Substitution" and The Jackson 5's 1970 smash-hit song "ABC," written by Alphonzo Mizell, Freddie Perren, Deke Richards, and Berry Gordy, Jr.. The lyrics concern sexual infidelity, with 'O.P.P.' standing for 'other people's pussy', 'other people's penis', and (euphemistically) 'other people's property'.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  1. O.P.P. (Vocal)
  2. Wickedest Man Alive (Vocal)
  3. O.P.P. (Sunny Days Remix)
  4. Wickedest Man Alive (Instrumental)
  5. O.P.P. (Instrumental)

Official versions[edit]

  • O.P.P. (Album Version)
  • O.P.P. (Vocal)
  • O.P.P. (Instrumental)
  • O.P.P. (Sunny Days Remix)

Chart performance[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

Will Smith (in character as Will) dances to the song next to a car in an episode of the 1990s TV sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

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