STORY OF SONG
“O.P.P.” is the lead single by American rap group “Naughty by Nature” from their self-titled second studio album released in 1991.
The track was written by all members of Naughty by Nature: Vincent Brown, Anthony Criss and Keir Gist, and discuss sexual infidelity, with O.P.P. referring to “other people’s property”, euphemistically meaning their genitalia. The track samples two other infamous songs: The Jackson 5’s “ABC”, and Melvin Bliss’s “Synthetic Substitution”.
The music video for the track was uploaded to YouTube on the 31st January 2018, via record label Tommy Boy. It features the members of Naughty by Nature performing the track in a club, on the streets and near motels, as well as scenes of people dancing. As of September 2019, the video has over 3.1 million views.
Release Date: 24th August 1991
Songwriter/s: Vincent Brown, Anthony Criss & Keir Gist
Producer/s: Naughty by Nature
Label/s: Tommy Boy
Chart Rankings & Accolades: In its year of release, “O.P.P.” charted #31 in Australia, #4 and #56 in Canada, #25 in Germany, #27 and #20 in the Netherlands, #11 in New Zealand, #6 in Switzerland, #35 in the UK, and #1 on the US Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart, #1 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Music chart, #5 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, #7 on the US Billboard Dance Club Songs, and lastly #6 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Spin magazine named the track as one of the greatest singles of the 1990s, as well as the ranking at #22 on VH1’s best rap songs of all time, and at #80 on the Rolling Stone’s list of the same name. It was also ranked #20 on VH1’s “40 Greatest Hip Hop Songs of the ‘90s”.