One of the finest acts to emerge from New Jersey (East Orange to be exact), Naughty By Nature enjoyed a very good career, dating back to 1991. Treach always provided the lyrical muscle (and was fairly underrated on the mic too), Vinnie was a solid partner, and DJ Kay Gee provided very good production (he too was underrated a little bit too as a producer). During their prime, they provided a little something for everyone, whether it was something to make you dance (“Hip Hop Hooray”), personal tracks (“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”), or something for the hardcore fan (“Uptown Anthem”), not to mention a very memorable track record when it comes to popular hit singles, accompanied by memorable videos as well. (I also can’t forget how my cousin Shamika is, to this day, a HUGE Treach fan, and not for his skills on the mic either, lol!)
To this day, I haven’t checked out “Nineteen Naughty Nine: Nature’s Fury” and “IIcons”, which were both released in 1999 and 2002 respectively. It wasn’t due to a lack of interest, I just never got around the listening to them. Over the years, I’ve heard and read mostly mixed feedback. If I ever across them, I may give them a listen.
One thing I’ve always wanted to see was a Treach solo album, especially circa 96-99, but for some reason we never got it. Some may say that the NBN albums are largely Treach albums. While that may be true to a certain extent, when I say “Treach solo album”, I mean(t) just that, lol, with it being all Treach, maybe 1 appearance from Vinnie (with other guests as well, but not too many), and some other name producers in addition to Kay Gee. Times have changed, so I doubt we’ll ever get said album. At any rate, NBN have definitely made their mark in hip hop and with the amount of classic singles that are still heard today, they won’t be forgotten.