Poverty's Paradise is the third album from Naughty by Nature originally released on May 2, 1995 on Tommy Boy Records. At the Grammy Awards in 1996 it won the award for Best Rap Album, which was a brand new category at the time. Poverty's Paradise spawned 2 more hits from the Jersey Trio, first out the gate Craziest as well as the summer anthem Feel Me Flow . Headed up by Treach one of the most influencial yet underrated rappers of all time, Naughty By Nature continued its long run of classic material with Poverty's Paradise. This is one more of those amazing east coast 90s albums that you can't sleep on!
If any rappers deserve to be called poets, Treach and Vinnie of Naughty By Nature do. They fire off line after line chock-full of internal rhymes and alliterations, conjure detailed scenes, drop allusions, and display a reassuring knowledge of the world beyond hip-hop. If any poets deserve to be called rap stars it's this powerful trio (with DJ Kay Gee) from East Orange, New Jersey. On their third album, 1995's Poverty's Paradise
, Naughty strikes up enough hard-edged partying in their smart lyrics and sharp beats to keep on top of the hip-hop core, while a handful of radio-ready tracks throw them into wider pastures just to remind everyone else they're also making marks on the pop charts. --Roni Sarig