Sunday – Downtempo Lounge remix. 18/12/11. Naughty by Nature – Hip Hop Hooray (JP Source remix)

Sunday’s child was a ho, fo sho.

Naughty by Nature were a cultural phenomena during the early 90’s, never before had a Hip Hop group been able to keep their rap integrity intact whilst making music that catered to the masses. They live in a completely different universe from South Park, where the creators use over the top crudeness to pass their important messages, only in that little mountain town can an episode full of vaginal farts represent equality for women. Subtlety is a wonderful thing and NbN knew the key to commercial success in the PC world meant that in order to talk about pussy, they needed to say “another way to call a cat a kitten” or instead of mentioning penis, “a 5 letter word rhyming with cleanest or meanest“. Their first single had kids and grannies alike singing “you down with OPP, yeah you know me!” probably none the wiser they are harmonizing about Other Peoples Pussy.

This ability to allow decent legit rap into every teenagers bedroom had people chanting Hip Hop Hooray and really mean it with Nature’s next big release in 1993 (incidentally allowing us to address women as Ho’s as long as we prefix with a Hey). This Grammy nominated track was their biggest release and thus received the Spike Lee treatment is this cameo fueled video.

Sundays can be a mini thanksgiving every week, a day to reflect and be grateful for the good things in your life (as opposed to Mondays where you just try and hold on to one good thing to stop you from shooting up your office). Today’s remix is one of those songs that allows you to lie back and be thankful for good Hip Hop, for good Breaks, for good House, for good Music. Take a listen below to JP Source’s relaxing Downtempo lounge version of Hooray that takes the funky drumtrack and overlays the ambient happy melody audible at the start and end of the original version. Making this the main hook is wonderful as it makes the vocals a secondary complement that come in just when you need them. All that’s missing is a purple drank in your hand as chill in your barcalounger.

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