Thursday, December 02, 2010

"Hip Hop Hooray" by Naughty By Nature

Birthday wishes go out today to Treach, who once busted mad flow on behalf of Naughty by Nature; beginning with Scuffin' Those Knees (from their 1989 debut album The Independent Leaders, for which they were billed as The New Style) the group was responsible for a string of hits, including O.P.P., Everything's Gonna Be Alright (also known as Ghetto Bastard), Uptown Anthem, and of course Hip Hop Hooray...

The video for Hip Hop Hooray - which spent a week at Number One on the US R&B Chart and peaked as high as Number Eight on the pop charts in 1993 in support of their album 19 Naughty III - was directed by Spike Lee, who also appears in it; Queen Latifah, Eazy-E, Monie Love, and Run-DMC also have cameos. The track gained even greater fame amongst fans of the Seattle Mariners when it was used by Ken Griffey Jr. as his theme song during his plate appearances at the dear, departed Kingdome.

Naughty By Nature's amazing run ended with the single Jamboree, from their album 19 Naughty Nine: Nature's Fury; the group has been silent since 2002.
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