Naughty by Nature Talks Partying With Uncle Luke and Drinking Brew at the Zoo
Who's ready for the perfect party?
Because Naughty by Nature and Uncle Luke are "gonna make it happen" at Miami New Times' Brew at the Zoo.
In fact, we here at Crossfade just chatted with Naughty's Vin Rock. And he insists that we don't wanna "mess 'round with Naughty by Nature and Uncle Luke" unless we're prepared to get drunk, wrestle wild animals, and shake ass in public.
Crossfade: Y'all are coming down for Brew at the Zoo.
Vin Rock: Hell yeah. I'm excited. We're gonna definitely get a taste of beer.
Does it sound like a good idea to be drinking booze around a bunch of wild animals?
No. [Laughs] 'Cause those animals are fast, man. So it's not a good idea. But it could still be fun.
So how does someone get a "first-class invitation to the Naughty nation"?
All you gotta do is be down to come to a perfect party, man. When you hear about any Naughty by Nature show, that's your invitation. Straight up.
What is a perfect party?
It's just what you make it. Your kinda vibe, your kinda style. However you like to do it, whatever tickles your fancy. That's the perfect party.
You shot the video for that single in Vegas. What's the wildest night you've ever spent in Sin City? I know you guys were tight with Mike Tyson, right? Ever hang out with Iron Mike on the strip in his fighting days?
My big brother Mike Tyson told me, "Never incriminate yourself." But you best believe, we had tons of great times out there. I even partied out there with big homie Donnie Wahlberg from New Kids on the Block. There ain't nothin' like a Naughty Kid party either.
Yeah, you and NKOTB got a collabo called Naughty Kids on the Block. What's that kinda party like? Gotta get crazy, huh?
No doubt, it's like Soccer Moms Gone Wild. [Laughs]
How does Miami rate as a party city compared to Vegas? Or NYC?
We just did club LIV down there. And that was like Vegas on steroids, man. So nothing compares to Miami. You got the beach. You got all the hot women. So many Latin Americans out there. It's in a class of its own.
Obviously, the 305's famous for its booty bass. What did you think of that scene in the '80s and '90s? Did Naughty by Nature have a friendly connection to dudes like Uncle Luke and 2 Live Crew? Or were they just the competition?
Yeah. Absolutely. We were homies. We came up in the '90s when Uncle Luke and them were red-hot. As a matter of fact, Uncle Luke had his clubs down there and his whole movement goin'.
So when "O.P.P." came out, Uncle Luke used to hire us and spoil us down there in Miami. We've always had mad love for that region and your style of music. We were from the East Coast and this New York tri-state area, and it really opened us up and made us appreciate how people all over the country could take hip-hop and make it their own.
Have you run into Luke lately?
No, I haven't. But I've seen he's been politically active. And he's been goin' at Lil Wayne for disrespectin' the city. It's good to see him still representing Miami and taking it from a different angle, especially politically. It's one thing to be out on the streets, saying, "This is my city." But it's another to run for election and position yourself to actually run the city.
Is Naughty by Nature and Uncle Luke the ultimate double-bill?
Well, we gonna make it happen. The people of Miami have not seen Naughty in full capacity in a very long time. So you're definitely gonna get a perfect party by messing 'round with Naughty by Nature and Uncle Luke.
Naughty by Nature. As part of Brew at the Zoo. Presented by Miami New Times. Saturday, May 4. Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami. The party starts at 7 p.m. and tickets cost $35 to $75 plus fees via ticketfly.com or $45 to $85 at the gate. Ages 21 and up. Visit Miami New Times' Brew at the Zoo microsite.
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