DJ Kay Gee, Vin Rock and Treach, better known as Naughty By Nature, helped the Cleveland Gladiators open their Arena Football season at Quicken Loans Arena by playing a free concert after the game on April 2.
Naughty By Nature is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of their self titled second album. This Grammy winning trio said that they were going to throw an old school hip hop party. And indeed they did.
Two of the three members were decked out in their new Gladiator gear; however Treach took the stage wearing a black hoodie adorned with the Naughty By Nature logo. He did eventually reveal a Gladiators jersey later on during the performance.
The show started with a little snippet of “Don’t Stop Believing” and “We Will Rock You” that segued into the Jackson 5 hit “ABC.” The fans inched closer to the stage as the familiar piano groove provided the background to the group’s break out single “O.P.P.” During the song, Treach and Vin Rock were throwing “O.P.P.” stickers out into the eager fans in the first few rows.
Vin then welcomed the Gladiators cheer squad on the stage to be the group’s backup dancers for the remainder of their set. Treach mentioned that he had family in the crowd as his wife is from Ohio. One young family member got to be a part of the fun and danced with the ladies for a couple of tunes.
From that point forward, the party was on.
Combining classic hip hop songs like “Jump” from Kris Kross to classic rock tunes like “Sweet Child o’ Mine” while mixing in their own hit songs like “Hip Hop Hooray,” Naughty By Nature had the audience on their feet and dancing on the astro turf.
Arena football and Naughty By Nature; a great way to kick off the weekend.