Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Naughty by Nature

  • Naughty by Nature [Tommy Boy, 1991] Choice Cuts
  • Nineteen Naughty III [Tommy Boy, 1993] Choice Cuts
  • Poverty's Paradise [Tommy Boy, 1995] A-
  • Nineteen Naughty Nine [Tommy Boy, 1999] Neither
  • Iicons [TVT, 2002] Choice Cuts

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Naughty by Nature [Tommy Boy, 1991]
"Ghetto Bastard"; "O.P.P." Choice Cuts

Nineteen Naughty III [Tommy Boy, 1993]
"Hip Hop Hooray" Choice Cuts

Poverty's Paradise [Tommy Boy, 1995]
I wouldn't swear "Feel Me Flow" or "Clap Yo Hands" is the kind of singalong they can live by (and off). But they're no longer working an anthem thing--it's an album thing. Uncompromisingly street without indulging their anger, unmistakably good-hearted without repressing their aggressions, "Hang Out and Hustle" is their calling card and call to arms. Much respect for the will and skill that can expand their standard five minutes of jubilant escape into an hour of tough, beatwise congeniality. A-

Nineteen Naughty Nine [Tommy Boy, 1999] Neither

Iicons [TVT, 2002]
"What U Don't Know," "Wild Muthaf***as" Choice Cuts