Shuffle Song Of The Day (10/1/21): “O.P.P.” By Naughty By Nature

“O.P.P.” is a song by the New Jersey hip-hop trio Naughty By Nature, and it was the lead single from the group’s debut self-titled album that was released in 1991

The song title itself is an acronym, and thankfully, the Naughty By Nature crew spent the time to explain what this 3 letter title means in a rather creative way

Through the lyrics, they explain that O stands for “other”, while the first P stands “people’s'”. As for explaining the last P, that’s where things get a little tricky. As they say in the song, “Well, that’s not that simple”

The last P actually has 2 meanings, and neither of which are ever directly expressed. Yet, Naughty By Nature provided us with more than enough context clues to figure it out. They reveal that it’s a 5 letter word that is also another word for a cat, and let me tell ya, my 11 year old face lit up with joy when I first pieced these clues together and exclaimed, “I get it. they’re talking about pussy!”

Using more context clues, I was also able to figure out that the P’s meaning in the second verse stands for penis, and the entire song is just about banging people that are in relationships, with no regard to their significant others. This hilarious concept about other people’s pussy and dick lead to the interrogative lyrics in the chorus,”You down wit O.P.P.?”, which became a popular phrase in the United States after the song’s release, and it continues to be a pretty funny thing to say

Which begs the question I’m sure all of you have on your minds right now: Am I down with O.P.P.? Yeah you know me!

PS: A kind of funny and awkward thing is that my mom loves this song. I always wanted to believe it’s because of the catchy beat and she has no idea what O. P. P. stands for, but I’ve come to accept the fact that she was 29 when this came out and likely knows EXACTLY what it means *shivers*


Harm me with harmony
Dave drop a load on ’em
OPP, how can I explain it
I’ll take you frame by frame it
To have why’all jumpin’ shall we singin’ it
O is for Other, P is for People scratchin’ temple
The last P…well…that’s not that simple
It’s sorta like another way to call a cat a kitten
It’s five little letters that are missin’ here
You get on occasion at the other party
As a game ‘n it seems I gotta start to explainin’
Bust it
You ever had a girl and met her on a nice hello
You get her name and number and then you feelin’ real mellow
You get home, wait a day, she’s what you want to know about
Then you call up and it’s her girlfriend or her cousin’s house
It’s not a front, F to the are to the O to the N to the T
It’s just her boyfriend’s at her house (Boy, that’s what is scary)
It’s OPP, time other people’s what you get it
There’s no room for relationship there’s just room to hit it
How many brothers out there know just what I’m gettin’ at
Who thinks it’s wrong ”cause I’m splittin’ and co-hittin’ at
Well if you do, that’s OPP and you’re not down with it
But if you don’t, here’s your membership
You down with OPP (Yeah you know me) [Repeat: x3]
Who’s down with OPP (Every last homie)
You down with OPP (Yeah you know me) [Repeat: x3]
Who’s down with OPP (All the homies)
As for the ladies, OPP means something gifted
The first two letters are the same but the last is something different
It’s the longest, loveliest, lean– I call it the leanest
It’s another five letter word rhymin’ with cleanest and meanest
I won’t get into that, I’ll do it…ah…sorta properly
I say the last P…hmmm…stands for property
Now lady here comes a kiss, blow a kiss back to me, now tell me exactly
Have you ever known a brother who have another like ah girl or wife
And you just had to stop and just ”cause he look just as nice
You looked at him, he looked at you and you knew right away
That he had someone but he was gonna be yours anyway
You couldn’t be seen with him and honestly you didn’t care
‘Cause in a room behind a door no one but why’all are there
When why’all are finish, why’all can leave and only why’all would know
And then why’all could throw the skeleton bones right in the closet do’
Now don’t be shocked ”cause if you’re down I want your hands up high
Say OPP (OPP) I like to say with pride
Now when you do it, do it well and make sure that it counts
You’re now down with a discount
You down with OPP (Yeah you know me) [Repeat: x3]
Who’s down with OPP (Every last homie)
You down with OPP (Yeah you know me) [Repeat: x3]
Who’s down with OPP (All the homies)
This girl ah tried to OPP me
I had a girl and she knew that matter-of-fact my girl was partner’s that
Had a fall out, disagreement, yeah an argument
She tried to do me so we did it in my apartment, bust it
That wasn’t the thing it must have been the way she hit the ceiling
‘Cause after that she kept on coming back and catchin’ feelings
I said, “Let’s go my girl is coming so you gotta leave”
She said, “Oh no, I love you Treach” I said, “Now child please”
You got’s to leave, come grab your coat, right now you gotta go
I said now look you to the stairs and to the stairwindow
This was a thing, a little thing, you shouldn’t have put your heart
‘Cause you know I was OPP, hell from the very start
Come on, come on, now let me tell you what it’s all about
When you get down, you can’t go ’round runnin’ off at the mouth
That’s rule number one in this OPP establishment
You keep your mouth shut and it won’t get back to her or him
Exciting isn’t it, a special kinda business
Many of you will catch the same sorta OPP is you with
Him or her for sure is going to admit it
When OPP comes, damn– skippy I’m with it
You down with OPP (Yeah you know me) [Repeat: x3]
Who’s down with OPP (Every last homie)
You down with OPP (Yeah you know me) [Repeat: x3]
Who’s down with OPP (All the homies)
Break it down!

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