Legendary hip-hop group, Naughty By Nature, will release their 20th anniversary album, titled Anthem Inc., this December.
The album has been delayed numerous times since first announcing it earlier this year, but the trio — consisting of Treach, Vin Rock and Kay Gee — recently inked a deal with Entertainment One (formerly Koch Records), where they will finally release the long awaited project.
The album includes re-recorded, 20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of select Naughty classics such as “O.P.P.” and “Hip Hop Hooray,” as well as unheard tracks written and recorded over the last year. Three tracks will be exclusive to the Best Buy Deluxe Edition, and iTunes will offer three exclusive bonus instrumentals.
The newest single, “Perfect Party” featuring Joe, brings fans back to their heyday in the 1990s where it was all about the party. Its video will be released soon.
Also on the album, longtime friend and mentor Queen Latifah makes a featured appearance on the track “Lovin’ U More.” The previously released single “Flags,” which is currently in pre-production for a feature length film, also makes the cut as does the street joint “I Gotta Lotta” featuring Treach’s signature flow over the classic boom bap style with the late Sonny Black on the hook.
This is the first Naughty by Nature release featuring all three members since 1999’s Nineteen Naughty Nine: Nature’s Fury.
The group’s career has been full of industry and pop culture triumphs. The 1991 self-titled debut crossed hip-hop into the mainstream, going platinum with hit singles such as “O.P.P” and “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.” There was no sophomore jinx as the follow up album, 19 Naughty III, also went platinum and spawned the anthem “Hip Hop Hooray,” which still gets hands in the air.
1995’s Poverty’s Paradise won the Grammy for Best Rap Album, the first time the award was given.
Anthem Inc. drops December 6th. Stream the 20th Anniversary of “Uptown Anthem” below.