Friday, December 6, 2002

Naughty By Nature guys, Treach (below) and Vinnie Brown, will heat up Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park tomorrow. Treach can also be seen in the movie "Empire," which opens today.

Gettin’ Naughty
at the park

By Jason Genegabus

THERE WILL be an eclectic mix of professional surfers, man-made waves, a video game premiere and a hip-hop concert this weekend at Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park. New Jersey natives Naughty By Nature headlines the Pipeline Masters Kickoff Party, which gets underway at 5 p.m. tomorrow.

The third in a series of events celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the kickoff party brings top professional surfers to the water park for a crack at The Wave Pool at Hurricane Bay. Kekoa Bacalso, Taj Burrow, Dustin Cuizon, C.J. Hobgood, Andy and Bruce Irons, Kalani Robb and Kelly Slater are among the surfers who have agreed to ride the mechanical swells and sign autographs for fans.


Slater will also introduce a new video game for the Microsoft XBox tomorrow. "Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer" will be hooked up to a big screen, and radio station contest winners will take turns facing off against Slater for a shot at two XBoxes that are up for grabs. Consoles will be set up around the park's Luau Lawn so others can try out the game.

After all that, the park will turn into a concert venue, when Naughty By Nature take to the stage in support of their latest album, "Iicons." Angelina, Lil' Rob and Shade Sheist are also scheduled to perform.

A DECADE after the group's debut single "O.P.P," Treach and Vinnie Brown have parted ways with producer Kay Gee and switched labels twice. The new album , released by TVT Records, promises to deliver the anticipated flow the duo's known for. "It's a Naughty record from start to finish," said Treach. "It's still our formula. We chose producers who we felt could keep our music gritty and street, while at the same time make music that will be able to move hip-hop fans around the world."

Vinnie is also enthusiastic about "Iicons," promising to "deliver fresh party anthem songs that Naughty is known for. We definitely have some club bangas on this for our fans who like catchy hooks," he said.

The first single off the album, "Feels Good," is one of those tracks. Produced by Allstar, the single features the ladies of 3LW and has joined the ranks of singles like "Feel Me Flow," "Hip-Hop Hooray," and "Jamboree" as a party anthem guaranteed to get dance floors pumping.

And after 10 years in the hip-hop game, Treach and Vinnie have started to diversify. Treach has appeared in numerous film and television roles, his latest as a gangster in the movie "Empire," which opens today. He's also appeared in movies, such as "Jason's Lyric," "Who's the Man," "Love and a Bullet" and "Face."

Vinnie, on the other hand, has become a public advocate for kids growing up in Naughty By Nature's hometown of East Orange, N.J. Called "The Block," Brown uses his celebrity to connect with the youth and has helped to create a multimedia/communications program that trains students to create television programs on a public access station. "It's not just about the riches," Vinnie said. "It's got to be about what you plan to do with your life and how you can use your influence and experience to help someone else."

Pipeline Masters Kickoff Party

Featuring Naughty By Nature

Where: Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park
When: 5 p.m. to midnight tomorrow
Tickets: $22 in advance; $28 at the gate
Call: 526-4400

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