Naughty By Nature's Kay Gee Didn't Want To Release "Uptown Anthem”

Vin Rock also explains how he wasn't feeling an instrumental for a song that became his favorite.

Naughty by Nature included their 1992 track “Uptown Anthem” on the Juice soundtrack, though the song almost never saw the light of day. While scrolling through beats, Treach came upon the instrumental that ended up on the final cut, but Kay Gee wasn’t having it.  

“I didn’t want to put out ‘Uptown Anthem.’ I didn’t feel like the beat was ready yet, and [Treach] was like man, you crazy?” Kay Gee told Hip Hop Chronicle UK. “It wasn’t the song, it was the beat. When we were doing the song, the soundtrack, we were going through beats and he was like, ‘That’s it!’ and I was like, ‘I don’t know, that ain’t ready.’ He was like, ‘Nah, this is it.’”

Vin Rock recently faced a similar situation with the instrumental for "God is Love" off of the group’s 20th anniversary record Anthem Inc., but came to love it once he heard Treach’s rhymes on it.

“There’s a new one now on our 20th anniversary record, Anthem Inc., there was a track that Kay pulled up that I didn’t like. I would never like it, I never heard it. Heard of this just being a hot track, but then Treach rhymed on it and it’s a song called ‘God is Love’ and that’s hands-down my favorite track on the album.”

Watch the full interview below.

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  • The Ice Cold Phenom

    I remember Treach walked around with that big ass machete lol. The young cats today don't know anything about that.

  • Scrappy Rap

    I couldn't imagine if I never heard this song. That shit a classic. I guess I can imagine from a producer prospective of wanting to flip it a lil. Goes to show that sometimes less is more. Couple drops in the right place, talent on the mic = hit record.

  • dockevoc

    ill song ill group ill era

  • IDK

    haha lol. I agree with Treach; is Kay Gee crazy?? That beat was perfect for "Uptown Anthem"! Kinda wished that the song is longer than 3:04. Still a great song

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