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Naughty by Nature Biography


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Birth Place: East Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
Years Active: 1988-present
Genres: Hip Hop


Naughty by Nature are an American hip-hop trio from East Orange, New Jersey that formed in 1989 and was comprised of Treach, Vin Rock, and DJ Kay Gee. Naughty by Nature are known as one of the most influential hip-hop groups of their time. The group exploded onto the hip-hop scene with their debut album, “Independent Leaders” in 1989. The album produced the hit track, “Scuffin' Those Knees,” which gained the group some industry attention. Naughty by Nature are probably best known for their massive international hit song, “O.P.P.,” which was released in 1991 off their self-titled second offering, “Naughty by Nature.” The song peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and crossed over to all markets, becoming a mainstream hit with pop, rock, rap, R&B, indie, dance and hip-hop fans. The song went on to be ranked as one of the top 100 best rap singles of all time by The Source magazine in 1998. Spin Magazine declared the song the 20th best single of the 1990s.

The trio's second album also spawned the hit song, “Everything's Gonna be All Right,” which resonated deeply with the trio's fans that also grew up in poverty. The group went on to collaborate with other rap and hip-hop artists, amassed a huge following, and gained the respect of their fellow hip-hop and rap peers; Treach went on to became close friends with famed rapper 2 Pac. The group released their third and fourth albums, both of which peaked at #1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Charts, and produced hit singles that kept the group's popularity status high. Of note was the track, “Hip Hop Hooray,” which Spike Lee directed the video for. Throughout their career the trio has worked with famed rappers: Queen Latifah, Eazy-E, Run-D.M.C., and Da Youngstas. Their album, “Poverty's Paradise” garnered the trio a Grammy Award in 1996 for 'Best Rap Album.'

Naughty by Nature started their record label in the early 1990s, Illtown Records, and focused most of their energy on their new signings and producing their albums for them. However, 1999 saw the group back to making music as they released their fifth studio album, “Nineteen Naughty Nine: Nature's Fury.” The album was certified gold and spawned the hit track, “Jamboree,” which peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. DJ Kay Gee decided to leave Naughty by Nature in late 2000 after disputes over finances with Treach. Kay went on to develop his own record label Divine Mill, with Treach and Vin Rock continuing to release music. 2002 saw “Iicons” emerge to lukewarm reviews from the public. In 2003, tragedy struck when Tanner Kramer died of a drug overdose and the group disbanded.

In 2006, Kay reunited with Treach and the duo performed together in concert; the performance led the way to the 2010 released, “Get to Know Me Better,” which featured famed rapper Pitbull. Next came the mixtape, “Naughty by Nature: Tha Mixtape” in 2011, and the group's seventh studio album, “Anthem Inc.”