Okay, let me point out two things before I get started:
1) The reviewer below me (Amparo Acosta) totally plagiarized the review of this album from AllMusic.com writer Stanton Swihart (the review can be found on that website).
2) I'm not sure if this album was rereleased with "Uptown Anthem" added to it, but my copy doesn't have that song and I bought this album the very day that it hit stores back in '91. I had to buy the soundtrack to Juice in order to get that track (the classics on that joint made it worth it anyway, but back to the album).
Anyway, Naughty By Nature's self titled debut and Queen Latifah's Nature Of A Sista LPs were the first albums I ever purchased on CD. Up until that point, I was buying records and tapes because I couldn't afford a CD player and my mom wasn't going to buy one for me. I eventually saved up and bought one, but I digress. When I first popped this album in, I immediately noticed how tight of an MC Treach was (Eminem openly gives him a good amount of credit for being one of the blueprints used for his own particular style). The best word I've heard used to describe his flow is "nimble". Treach could bounce from track to track and ride any beat with what seemed like no effort at all. The production is credited to Naughty By Nature, but I'm guessing the bulk of that fell on the shoulders of Kay Gee (the guy behind hits for Zhane, Next, Jaheim, Koffee Brown, and many others -- you've probably been dancing to his beats for the past 7 years and didn't even know it). Also, those looking for Vinnie to shine should look for later releases. He doesn't make much of an impact on this album -- he fills the same role as Phife Dawg did for A Tribe Called Quest (the sidekick that spit a bar or two and then came into his own on later releases).
I have to disagree with the editorial review. There is a fair amount of filler on the album. "Wickedest Man Alive" is cool, but I could only tolerate Queen Latifah's psuedo caribbean accent in small doses. "Let The H*es Go" is one of those songs that isn't bad, but you have to be in the mood for it or you may skip it and "Pin The Tail On The Donkey" was pretty forgettable. "Thankx For Sleepwalking" is actually pretty good, but it starts to become a chore to listen to due to its length (5:26)
Naughty By Nature is definitely one of the more memorable albums of the 90's. The success of "O.P.P." brought a lot of pop fans and those same pop heads will be the ones that will tell you that this album isn't that good (like the spotlight reviewer). They don't really know what hip hop is anyway. If you want to hear one of the best rappers of the 90's tear up dope track after dope track, then get this album. Take it from someone who's been into hip hop since the age of 8. I highly recommend this album to any fan of rap music.
Standout Tracks: Everyday All Day, Ghetto B*stard (My Favorite), O.P.P., Strike A Nerve, Yoke The Joker, Rhyme'll Shine On feat. Aphrodity, Guard Your Grill, and 1,2,3 feat. Lakim Shabazz & Apache