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Treach in 2012
Anthony Criss[1]

(1970-12-02) December 2, 1970 (age 51)
  • Rapper
  • actor
(m. 1999; div. 2001)
Cicely Evans
(m. 2019)
Musical career
Years active1986–present
Associated acts

Anthony Criss (born December 2, 1970[3][4]), better known by his stage name Treach, is an American rapper and actor. He is perhaps best known as the lead rapper of the hip hop group Naughty by Nature.


With Naughty by Nature, Treach worked with fellow group members Vin Rock and DJ Kay Gee. Sometimes he shared verses on songs with Vin Rock, but often, especially on the group's earlier albums, Treach was the sole performer on the song. Examples of this are some of the group's most well-known singles from their self-titled second album, such as "O.P.P." and "Ghetto Bastard".

Treach's physique[5][6] has helped him land roles[7] in crime films, television crime dramas and as a leading man in romance films, including in the 2001 crime comedy Love and a Bullet, in which he has full-frontal nude scenes.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Treach is the older brother of Diesel, who is also a rapper and who is a member of the Rottin Razkals, a group closely affiliated with Naughty by Nature.

Treach was arrested in Union City, New Jersey on April 10, 2014. He allegedly passed traffic police in his Cadillac Escalade at 55 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone and attempted to elude law enforcement officers after being given a signal to stop, leading them on a high-speed chase for nine blocks before stopping. He then left his vehicle and ran towards the police car; the officers drew their weapons and ordered him to return to his vehicle. Treach later complied with the officers' orders and was cited for reckless driving, speeding and driving with a suspended license. Officers also found there was a warrant for his arrest out of Essex County, New Jersey for failing to appear at a hearing related to child support, and warrants out of Union City and Secaucus, New Jersey for failing to appear at hearings related to motor vehicle violations.[8] He made his first court appearance on the charge in Jersey City, New Jersey on April 11 and spent the night in Hudson County jail in Kearny before being released after posting $15,000 bail.[9]


Treach was married to Sandra Denton, better known as Pepa of the hip hop group Salt-n-Pepa, from July 1999 until 2001. The couple had one daughter, Egypt Jahnari Criss (born September 2, 1998).[citation needed] Denton documented the marriage in her 2008 memoir Let's Talk About Pepa, which included allegations of abuse. In April 2017, Treach responded on Instagram, saying they were all false.[10]

According to VH1, Treach has been with his common-law wife Cicely Evans for the last ten years.[when?] They have two children together. The couple starred on season 5 of Couples Therapy on VH1 in 2014. Treach and Cicely Evans married on September 8, 2019, in New Jersey.[11]


Studio albums with Naughty by Nature[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Song Artist(s) Album
1991 "Time to Flow"" D-Nice featuring Treach To tha Rescue
1993 "Rough..." Queen Latifah feat. Treach, KRS-One, Heavy D & The Boyz Black Reign
"Coochie Bang..." Queen Latifah feat. Treach
"Crewz Pop" Da Youngstas feat. Treach The Aftermath
"5 Deadly Venomz" 2Pac feat. Treach, Apache, and Live Squad Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.
1994 "Loyal to the Game" 2Pac feat. Treach and Riddler Above the Rim (soundtrack)
1995 "Vibin' (The New Flava)" Boyz II Men feat. Treach, Busta Rhymes, Craig Mack and Method Man The Remix Collection
"Batter Up" Rottin Razkals feat. Bad News, Headache, Road Dawgs, Steel Handler, and Treach Rottin ta da Core
"Life of Bastard" Rottin Razkals feat. Treach
"No Peace" South Central Cartel feat. Spice 1, Boss, Ice-T, Treach & Powerlord JEL Murder Squad Nationwide
"Sowhatusayin" Jayo Felony, MC Eiht, Sh'killa, South Central Cartel, Spice 1, Treach, L.V. The Show: The Soundtrack
"Scream" (Naughty Remix) Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson feat. Treach
1996 "Throw Your Hands Up" L.V. feat. Treach I Am L.V.
"A Girl Like You" Aaliyah featuring Treach One in a Million
"Ain't Nobody" Monica feat. Treach The Nutty Professor (soundtrack)
1998 "Freaky Tonight" Elements Of Life feat. Treach N/A
"Brooklyn/Jersey Get Wild" M.O.P. feat. Treach First Family 4 Life
1999 "Make My Day" RBX feat. Treach No Mercy, No Remorse
"Party Tonight" 3rd Storee feat. Treach & RL 3rd Storee
"Thugz All Over Da World" Krayzie Bone feat. Treach Thug Mentality 1999
"Chronic 2000" VK feat. Treach Chronic 2000
2000 "Gangsta Rap" Crooked I feat. Treach, Kurupt & Scarface Too Gangsta for Radio
"Nutty by Nature" Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. feat. Treach Mafia Lifestyle
2001 "Educated Fools" Damian Marley feat. Treach, Bunny Wailer & Bounty Killer Halfway Tree
"Niggaz Know" Guru feat. Treach Baldhead Slick & da Click
"Real Niggaz" Redman feat. Scarface, Treach, Mally G & Icarus Malpractice
2002 "Break Me Off" Luniz feat. Treach & IMX Silver & Black
"Put Em Up" 3LW feat. Treach A Girl Can Mack
"Christmas Party" 3LW feat. Treach Naughty or Nice
2005 "Real Life" Bone Brothers feat. Treach Bone Brothers
2008 "Some Of Us Got 2 Rob" Sticky Fingaz Feat. Treach & Mr. D United Statez Getto
2010 "Out To Lunch" Celph Titled & Buckwild Feat. Treach Nineteen Ninety Now
"Goin' To War" El Da Sensei & The Returners feat. Treach Nu World
2011 "Thank You" Volta Masters feat. DOUBLE, DoitAll, Treach Suite
"Encore" Rappin' 4-Tay feat. Montel Jordan, Mac Mall & Treach Still Standing Vol. 1
"Step Back" Harlem 6 feat. Treach Global Attack Mixtape, Vol. 1
"Negrociations" DoitAll feat. Treach American DU
"Certified" Peter Jackson feat. Treach No Talking
2012 "Home of tha Rydahz" Young Noble feat. Treach & DoItAll Outlaw Rydahz Vol. 1

Featured music videos[edit]

  • 1993 Da Youngstas feat. Treach – "Crews Pop"
  • 1995 Boyz II Men feat. Treach, Busta Rhymes, Craig Mack and Method Man – "Vibin'"
  • 1995 South Central Cartel feat. Spice 1, Boss, Ice-T, Treach & Powerlord JEL – "No Peace"
  • 1996 L.V. feat. Treach – "Throw Your Hands Up"
  • 1996 Monica feat. Treach – "Ain't Nobody"
  • 1999 3rd Storee feat. Treach & RL – "Party Tonight"
  • 2011 Peter Jackson feat. Treach – "Certified"

Cameo appearances[edit]

  • 1991 Michael Jackson – "Jam"
  • 1993 RUN-DMC – "Down With The King"
  • 1994 Salt-n-Pepa – "Whatta Man"
  • 1995 The Notorious B.I.G. - "Big Poppa"
  • 1995 2Pac – "Temptations"
  • 1998 Gang Starr – "Royalty"



  1. ^ Editors, Rolling Stone (2001). Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll: Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll. Touchstone. ISBN 978-0-7432-0120-9. Retrieved September 25, 2017.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  2. ^ JET Magazine – Rappers Treach of Naughty By Nature and Pepa of Salt N' Pepa wed in Kansas Tattoo Shop – May 3, 1999
  3. ^ Berry, S. Torriano; Berry, Venise T. (May 7, 2015). Historical Dictionary of African American Cinema. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 978-1-4422-4702-4.
  4. ^ "Treach biography and filmography | Treach movies".
  5. ^ "African American News – Black Entertainment News –". EURweb. Archived from the original on October 18, 2008. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  6. ^ a b Dempsey, Bobbi. "In Bed with Treach of Naughty By Nature". Playgirl. Archived from the original on August 13, 2009. Retrieved June 16, 2009.
  7. ^ "Anthony 'Treach' Criss". IMDb. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  8. ^ "Anthony 'Treach' Criss of hip hop group Naughty by Nature arrested in Union City". April 11, 2014. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  9. ^ "Naughty by Nature member 'Treach' Criss released from Hudson jail". April 15, 2014. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  10. ^ BET.COM – Treach Slams His Ex-Wife Pepa On Instagram – April 28, 2017
  11. ^ "Treach Criss & Cicely Evans Season 5". Retrieved October 17, 2014.

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