Naughty By Nature

Few hip-hop acts from the early ‘90s had greater success crossing over from the hood to the ‘burbs than the East Orange, N.J. trio of Treach, Vin Rock and DJ Kay Gee. After Naughty By Nature broke out with the Jackson 5-sampling,adultery-advocating hit “O.P.P.”—you know, “O is for other, P is for people scratching temple… the last P, well, that’s not so simple”—they followed with one of rap’s most epic party anthems in “Hip Hop Hooray” and went on to sell more than 3.5 million copies of their six albums. With the trio’s history in mind, the title of its first original-lineup album in more than a decade is perfectly fitting: Anthem Inc. And if a recent Daytrotter appearance is any indication, NBN’s skills (especially Treach’s machine gun delivery) are as sharp as ever. With Jay Barz, J'Mar, Southside. NICK FELDMAN

Mon., May 23, 7 p.m., 2011

 
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