“Hip Hop Hooray” is a song by American hip hop group, Naughty by Nature. The song spent one week at number one on the US R&B chart, and reached number eight on the US Pop chart. It contains samples from “Funky President” by James Brown, “Don’t Change Your Love” by Five Stairsteps, “Make Me Say it Again, Girl” by Isley Brothers, “You Can’t Turn Me Away” by Sylvia Striplin and “Sledgehammer” by Peter Gabriel. Pete Rock cut a remix which samples Cannonball Adderley’s “74 Miles Away”.
The song contains lyrics boasting the group’s love of hip hop and their fascination with good-looking women. The chorus of “hey…ho…hey…ho” lyric is among the most popular choruses in the genre. The Seattle Mariners would play the song after Ken Griffey Jr. was officially announced coming to bat at the Kingdome, especially in 1995, the year of the Mariners’ first Major League Baseball playoff appearance. It is currently played at Yankee Stadium after a Yankees player hits a home run. Kids Incorporated covered “Hip Hop Hooray” in 1993 in the Season 9 episode “Writing on the Wall”.
The music video was directed by Spike Lee, who also appears in it. Queen Latifah, Eazy-E, Monie Love, Da Youngsta’s, Kris Kross, Tupac Shakur and Run–D.M.C. also make appearances in the video.
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