Happy Birthday, Treach!
Born Anthony Criss in East Orange, N.J., the rapper joined members Vin Rock and DJ Kay Gee to form the group New Style in 1988. By 1989, the guys released their independent debut album, Independent Leaders. Under the mentorship of Queen Latifah and the Native Tongues, the trio changed their name from New Style to Naughty by Nature and dropped their first major label-backed single "O.P.P." in 1991. The Jackson 5-sampled song about adultery became the group's biggest single, charting at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Naughty by Nature is known for being a rowdy, raunchy kind of rap crew and Trigger Treach's lyricism definitely reflects that. This is the man who rhymed, "You try to act like something really big is missing/Even though my name's graffiti written on ya kitten," on "Hip-Hop Hooray" and "How dare you even try me? Don't you know you be funky, while/You're smilin' backstage doin' your mother doggystyle/Hot, wild, raw, whore's still suave," on "Yoke the Joker."
Along with releasing seven albums in total with Naughty by Nature, Treach found a second career in acting. He made his on-camera debut with a cameo in the 1992 flick Juice and has made guest appearances on shows like The Sopranos, Love and a Bullet, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and more.
In early 2016, Naughty by Nature launched a crowd-sourcing fundraiser on Kickstarter to fund their newest body of work, an EP, and last year, Treach participated in a 2Pac tribute at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Treach and Naughty By Nature have remained a consistent touring act in recent years, often joining their early 90s peers on nostalgic tour lineups like when they set sail on the Ship-Hop cruise earlier this year.
Happy Birthday, Trigger Treach!
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