Independent Leaders
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Studio album by The New Style


December 5, 1989




Power Play Studios (Long Island City, NY), Marion Recording Studios (Fairview, NJ), Quad Recording Studios (Manhattan, NY)


Hip hop, East Coast hip hop




Bon Ami/MCA Records


The New Style, Swing, Unique

The New Style chronology


Naughty by Nature (1991)

Independent Leaders is the debut album by American hip hop group Naughty by Nature (then known as The New Style), released in 1989 on Bon Ami Records. The album was predominantly produced by the group, with one song each produced by Swing and Unique. Its only single, "Scuffin' Those Knees", achieved moderate success. The group would later go onto much greater levels of success with their future albums. 

Track listing[edit | edit source]

No. Title Producer(s) Time
1. "Scuffin' Those Knees" The New Style 3:16
2. "Start Smokin'" The New Style 4:50
3. "Picture Perfect" Swing, The New Style (co.) 3:11
4. "Can't Win for Losing" The New Style 3:15
5. "Droppin' the Bomb" The New Style 3:18
6. "To the Extreme" The New Style 2:38
7. "Independent Leader" The New Style 4:26
8. "New vs. Style" The New Style 3:37
9. "Smooth Mood" Unique, The New Style (co.) 3:59
10. "Bring the Rock" The New Style 3:32

Personnel[edit | edit source]

  • Kier Gist - performer, producer
  • Anthony Shawn Criss - performer, producer
  • Vincent E. Brown - performer, producer
  • Denarius Hemphill - producer (track 9)
  • Swing - producer (track 3)
  • Ivan Rodriguez - mixing, engineering
  • David Darlington - mixing
  • Dwayne Sumal - engineering
  • Steve Hall - mastering
  • Hemu Aggarwal - art direction
  • Gene Crawford - photography
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