First up is Naughty By Nature's unstoppable "Hip Hop Hooray", surely one of the finest singles of its era. Infectious beat, relentlessly catchy chorus and killer flow on the verses by both Treach and the underrated Vinny G. Seriously, listen to the way they keep trying to one-up each other throughout the song: masterful. There may be hiphop/pop crossover singles as good as this one out there, but are any of them really better? Plus, you can't beat the bucket drummers in the video.
The 12" has five tracks: LP, extended and instrumental versions of the title cut, and LP and instrumental of the b-side, a little number entitled "The Hood Comes First". The extended version of "Hip Hop Hooray" is precisely twenty seconds longer than its LP counterpart; the extension appears to be in the delayed start of the beat at the beginning of the track. Good enough. I've also posted the LP version of the b-side, a decent song in its own right that suffers only in comparison to one of the great singles of all time.
From my deck to you: Naughty By Nature –
"Hip Hop Hooray [extended version] and "The Hood Comes First [LP version]"