Naughty By Nature's Vin Rock on the Right to Bear Arms: "Along Comes the KKK with Guns, and All You Had Was a Bat?"
|Naughty by Nature's Vin Rock.|
For over 20 years now, Naughty By Nature has been touring the world off the strength of that crossover hit on its first album.
Now fully independent, with new album Anthem Inc in stores, and an upcoming show at LIV, we here at Crossfade caught up with Vin Rock to talk New Kids on the Block, assault weapons, and taking fans to King of Diamonds.
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Congratulations on 20 years. That's a real accomplishment in music or any industry.
Awhright. It's been a long time, but it's been great.
What is Naughty Kids on the Block?
It's just a collaboration with us and Donnie Wahlberg. Around 2010, Donnie called us out to make a surprise appearance during a New Kids on the Block set. The marketer in me thought of combining our logos. I showed up in the Naughty Kids on the Block t-shirt and their fan base took to it and so it's kind of got a life of its own.
Has anybody given you shit for it?
We're comfortable in our skin. Like, if you too nervous in yourself or insecure, then you ain't gonna get it. But Naughty By Nature toured with Marky Mark back in the day, and with New Kids, we have a rougher edge, but we also got "Hip Hop Hooray," "Feel Me Flow," and that lends itself to the more crossover and pop side. When you nervous in yourself, you don't succeed. You got to believe in your fanbase. We always kept a real rapport with the guys. They're real hip-hop fans, and for them to reach out to us is a huge thing, and we're learning a lot from those guys, and the way they engage their fanbase.
It's been incredible. We used to do all the spring break parties in Daytona Beach. And after that, we would come down to Miami and get on South Beach and jet ski. Miami has always been a big market for us too. We toured a lot down there when 2 Live Crew was around, when "O.P.P." was red hot. I remember Luke brought us down there to his club, right there when you come over the bridge, we did "O.P.P." and the whole set. The whole crowd, they were like, "Bring out the girls!!!" and banging on the stage. I remember too, he had some of the best shrimp there I ever had in my life.