Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Naughty By Nature's Hip Hop Song "OPP" & Donald Trump's Use Of The Term "OPM"

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post is divided into two parts.

Part I of this post provides information about and a video & lyrics for the 1991 Naughty By Nature's Hip Hop song "OPP".

Part II of this post presents information about Donald Trump's September 21, 2016 use of the term "OPM".

The content of this post is presented for cultural and political purposes.

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Thanks to Naughty By Nature for their musical legacy and thanks to all those who are quoted in this post. Thanks to the producer and the publisher of this video on YouTube.


What "OPP" Means In The Naughty By Nature Song With That Title
..."This song is about cheating. If you're "Down with O.P.P.," it means you are willing to cheat on your boyfriend or girlfriend. Not exactly family values, but it's presented in a fun and clever way that never spells out exactly what the song means...

Down Wit' OPP" became a catch phrase in many cities where this song was popular. In New York, people wore T-shirts saying "Ya Down Wit OPP?"

Naughty by Nature was rappers Treach and Vinnie, and DJ Kay Gee. Treach, who was 20 when this came out, wrote the lyrics and was lead rapper on this.

Treach got the idea for the lyrics from a drug dealer in his neighborhood that used to move in on other dealer's territory and say he was "Down With O.P.M. - Other People's Money." Treach liked the phrase but decided to change the meaning of the last P. The year this was released, a Danny DeVito movie came out called Other People's Money."...
In the Hip Hop record, "OPP":
OP = other people's
P (for males) - "pussy"
P (for females) - "penis" (euphemistically said to mean "property")
Here's what the African American Vernacular English term "down wit" ("down with) means:
"If you are down with something it means that you have knowledge of something or are in agreement with it. I'm down with science means "I am familiar with science" or "science is a good thing." To be down with something is a slang phrase, and not terribly common in formal speech or writing."

Lyrics- OPP
(Written by Freddie Perren, Alphonso Mizell, Deke Richards, Berry Gordy Jr, Vincent Brown, Anthony Criss, Keir Gist)

Arm me with harmony
Dave, drop a load on 'em

O.P.P., how can I explain it
I'll take it frame by frame it
To have y'all all jumping, shouting, saying it
O is for other, P is for peoples', scratch your temple
The last P, well that's not that simple
It's sort of like, well, another way to call a cat a kitten
It's five little letters that are missing here
You get on occasion if the other party isn't gaming
It seems I gotta start the explaining, bust it
You ever had a girl and met her on a nice hello
You get her name and number and then left feeling real mellow
You get home, wait a day she's what you wanna know about
Then you call up and it’s her girlfriend’s or her cousin’s house?!
It’s not a front, a F to the R to the O to the N to the T;
It's just her boyfriend's at her house
(Oh that’s why she’s scary)
It's OPP, time other people's what you get it
There's no room for relationship there's just room to hit it
How many brothers out there know just what I'm getting at
Who think it's wrong cause I was splitting and co-hitting that
Well if you do, that's O.P.P. and you're not down with it
But if you don't, here's your membership

You down with O.P.P.? (Yeah, you know me) [x2]
Who’s down with O.P.P.? (Every last homey)
You down with O.P.P.? (Yeah, you know me) [x2]
Who’s down with O.P.P.? (All the homies)

Well, for the ladies O.P.P. means something different
The first two letters' the same but the last is something different
It's the longest, loveliest, lean, I call it the leanest
It's another five letter word rhyming with "cleanness" or "meanness"
I won't get into that, I'll do it ah sorta properly
I'll say the last P hmmm stands for property
Now lady here comes a kiss, blow a kiss back to me
Now tell me exactly
Have you ever known a brother who had another like a girl or wife
And you just had to stop a toast cause he looked just that nice?
You looked at him, he looked at you and you knew right away
He had someone but he was gonna be yours anyway!
You couldn't be seen with him at all and still you didn't care
Cause in a room behind a door no one but y'all are there
When y'all are finished, y'all can leave and only y'all would know
And then y'all could throw that skeleton bone right in the closet do'.
Now don't be shocked cause if you're down I want your hands up high
Say O.P.P. (O.P.P.) I like to say with pride
Now when you do it, do it well and make sure that it counts
You're now down with a discount

You down with O.P.P.? (Yeah, you know me!) [x3]
Who’s down with O.P.P.? (Every last lady!)
You down with O.P.P.? (Yeah, you know me!) [x3]
Who’s down with O.P.P.? (All the ladies!)

A scab tried to O.P.P. me
I had a girl and she knew that. Matter-of-fact her and my girl was partners that
Had a fall out, disagreement, yeah an argument
She tried to do me so we did it in my apartment
Bust it
That wasn't the thing it must have been the way she hit the ceiling
Cause after that she kept on coming back and catching feelings
I said, "Let's go, my girl is coming so you gotta leave."
She said, "Oh no, I love you, Treach!" I said, "Now, child, please!
"You gots to leave, come grab your coat, right now you gotta go!"
I said, "Now look you chooses stairs or chooses the window
This was a thing, a little thing, you shouldn't have brought your heart
Cause you know I was OPP, hell from the very start!"
Come on, come on, now let me tell you what it's all about
When you get down, you can't go 'round running off at the mouth
That's rule number one in this O.P.P. establishment
You keep your mouth shut and it won't get back to her or him!
Exciting isn't it, a special kinda business
Many of you will catch the same sorta O.P.P. messing with
Him or her for sure ain't going to admit it
When O.P.P. comes, damn skippy I'm with it

You down with O.P.P.? (Yeah you know me!) [x3]
Who’s down with O.P.P.? (This whole party!)

Source -Google Lyrics-OPP
Information about Naughty By Nature from
"Naughty by Nature is a Grammy Award-winning American hip hop trio from East Orange, New Jersey consisting of Treach (Anthony Criss, born December 2, 1970), Vin Rock (Vincent Brown, born September 17, 1970), and DJ Kay Gee (born Keir Lamont Gist, September 15, 1969)."...

Showcase Video: Naughty By Nature - O.P.P. [Official Video] HQ

REALnizz, Uploaded on Jun 6, 2010

Song: O.P.P.
Year: 1991
Performer: Naughty By Nature


Article #1:
"Trump brags about using 'other people's money' amid questions over charity use" By Jeremy Diamond, CNN, Updated 12:54 PM ET, Wed September 21, 2016
Kenansville, North Carolina (CNN) "Donald Trump bragged Tuesday there's "nothing like" using other people's money, hours after a report said he used more than $250,000 from his charitable organization to litigate lawsuits against his business interests.

Trump, while calling for building safe zones in Syria financed by Gulf states, vaunted the benefits of doing business with "OPM."
"It's called OPM. I do it all the time in business. It's called other people's money," Trump said. "There's nothing like doing things with other people's money because it takes the risk -- you get a good chunk out of it and it takes the risk."

His comments came on the heels of a Washington Post report published earlier Tuesday, which called attention to Trump's funneling of contributions from the Donald J. Trump Foundation to charities in order to settle lawsuits against Trump. Trump has only sparsely contributed to his foundation. Instead, the foundation is largely funded by outside donors -- not Trump himself."...

Article #2:
From "Trump likes OPM (Other People's Money)" David M Jackson, USA TODAY 10:15 a.m. EDT September 21, 2016
KENANSVILLE, N.C. — "Donald Trump, under fire for questionable use of charitable foundation money, says he likes the concept of OPM: Other People's Money.

"It's called OPM," Trump told supporters in eastern North Carolina on Tuesday night. "I do it all the time in business. It's called Other People's Money ... There's nothing like doing things with other people's money because it takes the risk — you get a good chunk out of it and it takes the risk."

Trump was talking about his plan to have Persian Gulf allies finance "safe zones" for Syrian refugees.

....The Washington Post reported that Trump spent $258,000 from his charitable foundation to settle lawsuits involving his businesses.

One case involved unpaid fines over the height of a flagpole at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla. The other involved the settlement of a lawsuit over a golf contest.

The Post reported that these cases "were among four newly documented expenditures in which Trump may have violated laws against 'self-dealing' — which prohibit nonprofit leaders from using charity money to benefit themselves or their businesses."

Trump started his foundation with his own money, but, the Post reported, he financed it and its donations in later years with donations from others.

The Trump campaign disputed the story.

"There was not, and could not be, any intent or motive for the Trump Foundation to make improper payments," said Trump spokesman Jason Miller. "All contributions are reported to the IRS, and all Foundation donations are publicly disclosed."

That public disclosure is how the Post determined the donations had been made.

In the meantime, Trump — who has pledged to build a border wall to be paid for by Mexico — will continue to promote a "safe zone" plan that Gulf states will finance.

"We’re going to do this," Trump said in North Carolina. "In this case, from a humanitarian standpoint. OPM: Other People’s Money.”

It's amazing how so many people positively view a person like Donald Trump as a successful businessman even though he cheats in the business world, using other people's money-including money donated to his charity foundation- for things & in ways that personally benefit him. And those same people probably look down on the idea of "cheating on people" that is expressed in Naughty By Nature's "OPP" record.

Personally, I think that both of these value sets are deplorable.

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