FRIDAY NIGHT FUNK: NAUGHTY BY NATURE – O.P.P. (1991)
“Arm me with harmony”
I’m taking a break from counting down my Top 10 Music entries with a shout-out to a special event.
So this week’s Friday Night Funk entry is drawn from my long roll call of special mentions for mojo and funk that comprise the soundtrack of my life. In this case, funk extends to hip hop, although Naughty by Nature’s O.P.P does sample the Jackson Five and it doesn’t get much more funky than that.
To quote Wikipedia, “O.P.P. is a song by American rap group Naughty by Nature. It was released in August 1991 as the lead single from their self-titled debut album Naughty by Nature. The song was one of the first rap songs…Its declaration, “Down Wit’ O.P.P” was a popular catchphrase in the United States in the early-1990s. It was a hugely successful single…There was not a bigger, more contagious crossover radio smash in the autumn of 1991 than Naughty by Nature’s O.P.P.”
Of course, those lyrics (and video) are a little naughty by nature. Since then it has ranked in lists for greatest songs or singles of rap or hip hop – and playing on those initials has a personal resonance for me.