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In hip-hop there is no shortage of great groups. Who has really had the cultural impact of NWA and Run-D.M.C.? And when Wu-Tang and OutKast came through they respectively changed the game. Gang Starr epitomized New York hip-hop in the late ‘90s (despite the fact that neither Guru or Premier are originally from NY), but when it comes to great rap groups, one crew often gets overlooked. In 1991 East Orange, New Jersey’s Naughty By Nature made fans take notice when they dropped their classic single, “O.P.P.”

Although the three-man group consisting of Treach, Vin Rock and DJ Kay Gee had released their debut album two years earlier (under the moniker The New Style), it wasn’t until they switched up their name and sound that they found success. With a gang of hits like “Hip Hop Hooray,” “It’s On” and “Feel Me Flow,” Naughty ran radio for the better part of their 10 year run and also managed to snag some Grammys and platinum plaques along the way.

Aside from mainstream accolades, Naughty got hip-hop respect as well. Treach’s rapid fire-yet-melodic flow was unmatched and Kay Gee’s pop production skills were sought out by acts like Mary J. Blige, Aaliyah, Jaheim, Zhane and Next. The group eventually broke up in 2000 due to financial disputes and when Treach and Vinnie released IIcons in 2002 without Kay Gee, it just wasn’t the same. But regardless of the drama, Naughty By Nature will always be one of hip-hop’s greatest groups and one of my all time favorites. – Rob the Music Ed

“O.P.P.” Live

“Uptown Anthem”

“Hip Hop Hooray” Live

“The Craziest”

“Feel Me Flow” Live

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