Vin Rock of Naughty by Nature recently shed light on the group’s enduring legacy and financial strategy, emphasizing the importance of retaining ownership of their music catalog.

The Grammy-winning hip-hop trio, known for chart-topping hits like “O.P.P.” and “Hip Hop Hooray,” has sold over 10 million albums worldwide since their debut in 1991. Their self-titled album went platinum, catapulting them to millionaire status by 1992 when they were barely in their twenties.

In a post that shows him responding to a DM regarding a “potential publishing deal,”Vinnie’s caption explained why the group consistently declines such proposals.

“We’ve received these offers for years,” he stated. “My personal opinion is if you have some of the biggest, most valuable songs in hip-hop/music in general, you hold on to those assets.”

“Use that residual income to invest in multiple solid assets which generate even more passive income to add to the portfolio and estate.”

Addressing speculation about the group’s current status, he clarified, “We’ve been rockin’ out for years. … The hiatus we’re on right now is well earned and deserved.”

He explained that their intellectual properties and assets allow them to rediscover themselves, take a break and enjoy their loved ones.

Vinnie’s comments highlight a growing trend among established artists to maintain control of their catalogs, viewing them as long-term investments rather than quick paydays. “At the end of the day, peace of mind is priceless,” Vinny concluded, advising fellow artists, “Hold on to your assets, especially if they’re generating passive income, educate your loved ones, and stop counting O.P.P. (Other People’s Pockets).”

This approach seems to have paid off for Naughty by Nature, allowing them to enjoy the fruits of their labor decades after their initial success. As the music industry continues to evolve, Naughty remains a blueprint for other artists looking to secure their financial futures.