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O.P.P. - Naughty By Nature (1991)

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\"O.P.P.\" was a 1991 song recorded by rap group Naughty By Nature. The song made it to the U.S. Top Ten, propelling their self-titled album \"Naughty By Nature\" to platinum status. The song\'s declaration \'Down Wit OPP\' was a popular catchphrase in the U.S. in the early-\'90s. Its beat is sampled from Melvin Bliss\' \"Synthetic Substitution\", with instrumentation samples from The Jackson 5\'s \"ABC\" in which Alphonzo Mizell, Freddie Perren, Deke Richards, and Berry Gordy Jr. got a writing credit for the song. The song was one of the first rap songs to become a pop hit when it reached number 6 in the U.S. Hot 100. The title is an acronym for \'other people\'s pussy\'; when the song asks if the listener is \'down wit O.P.P. \', it\'s asking if he/she is willing to have sexual relations with a person who is known to already have a significant other. Lead rapper Treach coyly obscures the meaning of the second \'P\' (which is meant to refer to either \'pussy\' or \'penis\') using euphemisms throughout the song saying -- instead of pussy -- that it is \'another way to call a cat a kitten\' or -- instead of penis -- a \'five-letter word rhyming with cleanest or meanest\'. In the lyrics following, the rap defines the third \'P\' as \'property\' to \'do it sorta properly\'. Treach was inspired to write the lyrics by a neighborhood dealer who used to move in on other dealers\' territories and say he was \'Down With O.P.M. -- Other People\'s Money\'. In 1998 the song was named one of the 100 best rap singles ever by The Source magazine. In 2008, it was ranked 22 on VH1\'s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. Naughty By Nature is a Grammy Award-winning American hip-hop trio from East Orange, New Jersey that at the time of its formation in 1989 consisted of Treach, Vin Rock, and the DJ Kay Gee. They are known for being one of the few rap acts who were able to balance success on the pop charts with hardcore rap credibility. The group formed in East Orange, New Jersey (colloquially referred to as \'Illtown\' in the 1980s) in 1988. They first appeared on the music scene in 1989, releasing an album called \"Independent Leaders\" under their then-name The New Style. The album generated the minor hit \"Scuffin\' Those Knees\". After the release of their first album, the group was mentored by fellow New Jersey native Queen Latifah, and subsequently changed its name. Their first hit as Naughty By Nature was \"O.P.P.\", one of the most successful rap songs in history to that point in terms of crossover success on the pop charts. The song has become well known in pop culture, being mentioned in TV shows and films such as \"The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air\", \"Malibu\'s Most Wanted\", \"Monk\", and \"The Office\". \"O.P.P.\" also gained critical acclaim, being ranked the 20th best single of the 1990s by Spin magazine. This channel is dedicated to all the great rap music from back in the day. The music that started the whole hip-hop revolution, the incredible music from the 70s, the 80s, and the early 90s . . . The Roots Of Rap are here!

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