O.P.P. (song)

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"O.P.P."
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, NYC
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:31
Label Tommy Boy Records
Writer(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)

"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 number 6 in the U.S. and number 35 in the UK in 1991. Its declaration, "Down Wit' OPP" was a popular catchphrase in the U.S. 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 number 53 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the '90s.

Content[edit]

The title is an acronym for "Other People's Property", "Other People's Pussy", or "Other People's Penis".

The song samples Melvin Bliss's "Synthetic Substitution", with instrumentation samples from the Jackson 5's 1970 hit song "ABC" in which Alphonzo Mizell, Freddie Perren, Deke Richards, and Berry Gordy, Jr. got a writing credit for the song.

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ allmusic ((( Naughty by Nature > Overview )))
  2. ^ rocklist.net
  3. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Naughty By Nature – O.P.P.". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  4. ^ Canadian Dance peak
  5. ^ Canadian Top Singles peak
  6. ^ "Musicline.de – Naughty By Nature Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  7. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Naughty By Nature search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  8. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Naughty By Nature – O.P.P.". Top 40 Singles.
  9. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Naughty By Nature – O.P.P.". Swiss Singles Chart.
  10. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1991". Retrieved 2009-09-15.