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Naughty by Nature

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The music is based on the 1970 Jackson 5 song "ABC."
This song is about cheating. If you're "Down with O.P.P.," it means you are willing to cheat on your boyfriend or girlfriend. Not exactly family values, but it's presented in a fun and clever way that never spells out exactly what the song means. There are no dirty words in the lyrics, although a ludicrous "clean" version was released with the words "cleanest," "meanest" and "kitten" edited out. This is most likely the first time the word "kitten" has ever been censured.
The lyrics explain that "O.P.P." stands for different things depending on your gender. The first two words are "Other People's," but for guys, the last P is a "5-letter word rhyming with cleanest and meanest." For girls, it's "Another way to call a cat a kitten." In the end, they keep it clean by saying the last P stands for "Property."
"Down Wit' OPP" became a catch phrase in many cities where this song was popular. In New York, people wore T-shirts saying "Ya Down Wit OPP?"
Naughty by Nature was rappers Treach and Vinnie, and DJ Kay Gee. Treach, who was 20 when this came out, wrote the lyrics and was lead rapper on this.
Treach got the idea for the lyrics from a drug dealer in his neighborhood that used to move in on other dealer's territory and say he was "Down With O.P.M. - Other People's Money." Treach liked the phrase but decided to change the meaning of the last P. The year this was released, a Danny DeVito movie came out called Other People's Money.
Treach has had several acting roles, including the movie Juice and the HBO series Oz. He was married to Sandra Denton for 2 years starting in 1999. She's "Pepa" from the group Salt-N-Pepa.
The group made sure the lyrics related to both men and women, which gave it a broader appeal. They also wanted to make sure the audience could participate in the song ("yeah, you know me...) so when they played it in clubs the audience wouldn't just stand there.
This was one of the first Rap songs that crossed over to Pop radio. Many Top 40 stations refused to play it because they thought it would drive listeners away, but many added it as it became a hit.
The video was a big hit on the show Yo! MTV Raps, which was where they played most rap videos at the time. MTV had a rapper named Todd 1 remake the song as "Down Wit' MTV," which also got a lot of airtime.
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Comments (4):

Excuse me you need to listen to this song properly: O is for other P is for people the last P well that's not that simple. It's kinda like another way to call a cat a kitty.

It depends on your views but the last P stands for partners or if you are possessive it stands for property - people who realize they don't own their partners are down with OPP but the gender relative alternatives are other peoples pussy or other peoples penis.
- john, sunshine coast, Australia
OPP used to mean, "Only Peppa's Property!" On youtube, you can find a lot of people jackin' (rapping on top of) the beat,
check it out, don't sleep! Also, check out Trigga Treach's mixtape, "tribal treach." I used to have da god's ill Naughty by Nature watch, which their management says they can't replace cuz the guy who made it doesn't work there anymore, but someone's gotta have it, willing 2 pay mad loot to replace it, help!
When I had their watch, some girl told me, "they're old, played out," I wuz like, "my watch says I'm naughty by my nature, but don't mentally rape a brotha talkin' bout how they played out, old, cuz I ain't tryna hear that crap, so put that ish on hold as i wrecks, cuz ain't nobody can spit like Treach snaps necks as he wrecks, so don't eff wit da blessed, unless u can do better, if not, shut up and get yer ish 2gether!" having shared that, I feel so much better!
In "Sister Act II" they sing "You know me, I'm down with G-O-D" in their finale.
- Lara, hackensack, NJ
Treach was in lots of movies including Juice, The Playas Ball, Jasons Lyric, Metoer Man, and 3am. He was also on a couple of episodes of Oz, Third Watch, and Living Single.
- Jared, Memphis, TN
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