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19 Naughty III - Naughty By Nature

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Genre: Hip-Hop & Rap - East Coast / Artist: Naughty By Nature / Explicit Lyrics / Audio CD released 2003-09-08 at Tommy Boy

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      12.11.2009 18:14
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      Naughty By Nature's second album

      "19 Naughty III", as the title suggests, was the 1993 album from the New Jersey-based Hip Hop trio Naughty By Nature. "Famed for their breakthrough with "OPP", Treach, Kay Gee and Vin Rock are seen to come with their second offering here as they attempt to top what they brought the first time around.

      1. "19 Naughty III" (Intro)

      2. "Hip Hop Hooray"

      After a nice introductory piece that samples Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew's "The Show", you see that here they bring what was the most well-known single from this record. As a single it did well and promoted the act nicely as you see that here Treach leads the pack and with his fly lyricism, you find that here he is able to come through strong as they do a laid back one that has them embracing Hip Hop culture (and of course the girls too).

      **Five Stars**

      3. "Ready For Dem"

      Moving it on a little here you see that this one has them performing a heavy joint (and one that clearly went on to directly influence Snoop Dogg into creating "Pump Pump" on his debut album "Doggystyle" later on in this year as here you have them rap about how they are able to take over the game and do so with some Caribbean Dancehall elements to show a bit more to what they do.

      **Four Stars**

      4. "Take It To Ya Face"

      Here you find that they power through with this one as they come with an intense track that has them carrying through some harder things from previous material and they show how they have lessened all the feel-good stuff in order to fit in with the trends of the time as they do things with such a heavy impact. The rhymes seem a little dense here, but after a few listens, you can get into it nicely

      **Four Stars**

      5. "Daddy Was A Street Corner"

      I found that this was a track that I really didn't have much love for at first as after they come of a short skit, you see that they come with what I felt was a rather lifeless track that should be considered nothing more than average, however with time it appears to grow (and by the later stages of it becomes something much more impressive with things such as the Stetsasonic snippet on the hook.

      **Three Stars**

      6. "The Hood Comes First"

      Apparently taken on by the West Coast's Dilated People's on their second album, this is one that has them staying in with the darker material as they attempt to break away fro the fact that they broke out with such a lively cut in "OPP" and risked becoming associated with the Hip Pop acts who made hits such as "Jump" (Kriss Kross) , U Can't Touch This" (MC Hammer) , "Ice Ice Baby" (Vanilla Ice), if they hadn't turned right down to this underground style, but I can't say that I was too much of a fan of this.

      **Three Stars**

      7. "The Only Ones"

      As a bit of an improvement to the way things were going here you see that with one you get them dropping something fly as they sample a little something form "Nu Shooz" along the way and come out with a track that has them making sure that it is clear who they are and how although the represent the dingier ends of the Hip Hop world, they aren't associated with any of the drug that you find through it.

      **Four Stars**

      8. "It's On"

      You find that DJ Kay Gee samples from a range of places, including some Jazz and even a short take from Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" and it seems to make for another powerful jam on the album and one that has them showing that they are down for some beef just like anyone else. There aim for a vulnerable opponent as they represent the East Coast hard and choose to take on Sir Mix-A-Lot and make for a pretty strong one as a result.

      **Four Stars**

      9. "Cruddy Clique"

      Using Bob James' "Nautilus" (just as was seen in Run-D.M.C.'s "Beats To The Rhyme", Eric B. & Rakim's "Follow The Leader" and the Wu-Tang Clan's "Take It Back", here you get a live track that has them showing how the Jazz Rap style can be adapted to something that is much darker and alternative (rather than alternative). They power through here in a solid manner that you have to enjoy.

      **Four Stars**

      10. "Knock 'Em Out Da Box" (Lude)

      11. "Hot Potato"

      After a quick blast that samples Slick Rick's "Children's Story", they come through with more heavy material here as you see that they get additional help from Freddie Foxxx with this one as they get even more of the underground influence coming from out of the East Coast. It hits hard on the thing and it seems to stand as one of the tracks that really stand out significantly for the ideas behind it to make it do all it does.

      **Four Stars**

      12. "Sleepin' On Jersey"

      This is a nice little groove on the thing and one that features some fly beats from Kay Gee as you see that he uses some James Brown material (as has been seen on many other tracks up to this point). They are seen in this short one to pack it out by giving Treach the most prominence, and of course enabling him to bring out what is needed to show that Jersey have what Hip Hop needs at this time and people should stop ignoring its prominence.

      **Four Stars**

      13. "Written On Ya Kitten"

      The final proper track on the release finds them returning to the sorts of explicit things seen on their debut as they slow the pace here and get lots of funk seeping through the thing as a result of it pace change. It is a light one that I felt calmed the album off well to give you what is required to come to an effective ending where you are able to take lasting memories of the better end of the album (and ignore the lows).

      **Four Stars**

      14. "Sleepwalkin' II" (Outro)

      For me, I felt that this album came as a bit of a disappointment when compared to their debut. I felt that there was a lot going on within it, but nothing really stood out with the beats always stuck in the dark East Coast underground style of the time and it seems to restrict it, especially when you compare it to other hits form the year. Although I may sound nice as you listen to it, I personally felt that there was little that could stay with you after you have gone through it.

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    • Product Details

      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 19 Naughty III
      2 Hip Hop Hooray
      3 Ready For Dem
      4 Take It To Ya Face
      5 Daddy Was A Street Corner
      6 Hood Comes First
      7 Only Ones
      8 It's On
      9 Cruddy Clique
      10 Knock Em Out Da Box
      11 Hot Potato
      12 Sleepin' On Jersey
      13 Written On Ya Kitten
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