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, 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 the 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 No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 35 on the UK Singles Chart. Its declaration, "Down Wit' O.P.P", was a popular catchphrase in the U.S. in the early-1990s.

The song was a hugely successful single; Spin magazine named it one of the greatest singles of the 1990s, offering the brief verdict, "Ever wonder where Puffy came from?"[1] It also made some media outlets' lists of one of the best rap songs of all time: including The Source,[2][better source needed] VH1 (No. 22),[3] and Rolling Stone (No. 80).[4] The song was also ranked No. 20 on VH1's 40 Greatest Hip Hop Songs of the '90s.[5]

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.

In a season 2 episode of the American version of The Office titled "The Dundies", boss Michael Scott sings the song, with his own lyrics about the awards.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Weingarten, Christopher R. (December 7, 2011). "Naughty By Nature Look Back on 20 Years of 'O.P.P.'". Spin. Archived from the original on August 15, 2018. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Singh, Amrit (September 29, 2008). "VH1's 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs". Stereogum. Archived from the original on August 15, 2018. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  4. ^ "100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. June 2, 2017. Archived from the original on August 15, 2018. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  5. ^ Runtagh, Jordan (December 19, 2012). "40 Greatest Hip Hop Songs of the '90s (COMPLETE LIST)". VH1. Archived from the original on August 15, 2018. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  6. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Naughty By Nature – O.P.P.". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  7. ^ Canadian Dance peak
  8. ^ Canadian Top Singles peak
  9. ^ "Musicline.de – Naughty By Nature Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  10. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Naughty By Nature" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Naughty By Nature – O.P.P." (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  12. ^ "Charts.nz – Naughty By Nature – O.P.P.". Top 40 Singles.
  13. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Naughty By Nature – O.P.P.". Swiss Singles Chart.
  14. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1991". Retrieved 2009-09-15.
  15. ^ "End of Year Charts 1992". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved December 3, 2017.