Naughty by Nature Plot 25th Anniversary Tour

by Jon Blistein

Nineties hip-hop favorites Naughty by Nature will release a new EP in 2016 and embark on a 26-city tour in January in celebration of their 25th anniversary.

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The New Jersey trio kicked off an international leg earlier this month and have a Tampa, Florida show scheduled for December 4th. The main trek, however, begins January 27th at the Cone Denim Entertainment Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. Tickets for the tour are available via Naughty by Nature’s website, while a complete list of dates is below.

Along with the tour, Naughty by Nature teased a new EP, as well as a documentary chronicling their extensive career, which began in the late-Eighties when members Treach, Vin Rock and DJ Kay Gee went by the name The New Style.

The group released their debut LP, Independent Leaders in 1989, which garnered the attention of fellow New Jersey native Queen Latifah, who mentored the group as they prepped a self-titled release under their new name. Released in 1991, Naughty by Nature was a huge success, propelled by the single “O.P.P.,” an infectious ode to adultery that became a crossover hit despite its scandalous content.

In author Brian Coleman’s exhaustive hip-hop history book, Check the Technique: Volume 2, Treach recalled making the infamous track in an oral history excerpted for Rolling Stone.

“That was recorded in the first quarter of our recording,” Trach said. “We didn’t try to make a pop hit; it just happened it was the [Melvin Bliss ‘Synthetic] Substitution' beat and a [Jackson 5] sample. It’s a call-and-response song and we’re talking about fuckin’ other niggas’ bitches. The record probably would have been banned if radio had known what we was talkin’ about. It took them a year or two to figure out what it meant. If you weren’t listening or weren’t really into hip-hop, it wasn’t easy.”

Naughty by Nature 25th Anniversary Tour Dates

January 27 — Greensboro, NC @ Cone Denim
January 28 — Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
January 29 — Miami, FL @ LIV
January 31 — Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
February 2 — New Orleans, LA @ Republic
February 3 — Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
February 4 — Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room
February 5 — San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
February 6 — Dallas, TX @ South Side Music Hall
February 9 — Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar
February 10 — Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
February 11 — Los Angeles, CA @ Regent Theater
February 14 — Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
February 16 — Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
February 17 — Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
February 18 — Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave II
February 19 — Columbia, MO @ Blue Note
February 20 — Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
February 21 — Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
February 23 — Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
February 24 — Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
February 25 — Washington, D.C. @ The Howard Theatre
February 26 — Reading, PA @ Reverb
February 27 — New York, NY @ Webster Hall
February 28 — Philadelphia, PA @ TLA