Nappy Roots

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Nappy Roots
2004 NBA All-Star Jam Session - Nappy Roots.jpg
Nappy Roots performing at the 2004 NBA All-Star Jam Session in Los Angeles
Background information
Origin Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States
Genres Hip hop, southern hip hop, alternative hip hop, R&B
Years active 1994 – present

Nappy Roots Entertainment Group
Fontana Distribution
AVJ Records

Members Skinny DeVille
B. Stille
Ron Clutch
Fish Scales
808 Blake of SKMA
Past members R. Prophet
Big V

Nappy Roots is an American alternative Southern rap quartet that originated in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1995. They are best known for their hit singles "Po' Folks", "Awnaw", "Roun' The Globe" and "Good Day". They were the best selling hip hop group of 2002.[1] The group consists of Milledgeville, Georgia native Fish Scales and Kentucky natives Skinny DeVille, B. Stille and Ron Clutch.

In 2006, Oakland, California native R. Prophet left the group, and in 2012 Kentucky native Big V (a.k.a. Vito Banga) also left. Both former members are pursuing solo careers.[2][3]


The group formed when the members were students at Western Kentucky University.[4] Nappy Roots' debut independent album Country Fried Cess was released in 1998, which led to the group being signed by Atlantic Records. Their first album on Atlantic Records was 2002's best selling hip-hop album, Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz. The multi-platinum album featured the hit-singles "Headz Up", "Awnaw", and "Po' Folks". The "Awnaw (Remix)" featuring Marcos of P.O.D. appeared on Madden 2003. In their home state, Paul E. Patton the governor of Kentucky, sanctioned September 16 as "Nappy Roots Day".[5]

Their next and last album with Atlantic Records was Wooden Leather, released in 2003, featuring the singles "Roun' the Globe" which was featured on Madden 2004 and "Sick and Tired" (featuring Anthony Hamilton). Wooden Leather featured production from Kanye West, David Banner and Lil Jon and received critical acclaim. After Wooden Leather, the group was featured in two movie soundtracks. The first was 2003's Daredevil (starring Ben Affleck) with the song "Right Now" that featured Marcos Curiel of P.O.D. and was released on Windup Records. In 2004, they were also featured on three songs for the soundtrack to the Tom Hanks film The Ladykillers, released on Sony Music.[6]

Since the release of Wooden Leather, they are back to being independent artists and have started their own label, N.R.E.G (Nappy Roots Entertainment Group) with distribution through Fontana/Universal Music Group. On July 31, 2007, they released their first album as independent artists, Innerstate Music, featuring singles "Good Day" and "Keep It Real". This was actually an internet album, similar to a modern-day mixtape. It was intended to be a precursor to their 2008 album, The Humdinger, which was released on August 5, 2008.[7]

In 2007 Nappy Roots was featured on the original version of the Tantric song titled "Fall Down". The song was originally intended for Tantric's album Tantric III, but due to it being shelved the song went unreleased. However, Tantric did rerecord the song and put it on their 2008 album The End Begins. The version featuring Nappy Roots can only be found on YouTube.

Their critically acclaimed album, The Humdinger, features guest appearances from Anthony Hamilton, Greg Nice, Greg Street and Slick & Rose, with production from Sol Messiah, James "Groove" Chambers, BIG AL 360, Joe Hop and more. The Humdinger entered the Billboard Rap Charts at #7 and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums at #13.

In 2009 the single "We're Gonna Make it" by Skinny and Scales was released through Nappy Roots Entertainment Group.[8]

Nappy Roots kicked off 2010 with "The Pursuit of Nappyness", released June 15. The album features songs by Phivestarr Productions, a production duo from Atlanta, GA.[9]

In 2011, Nappy teamed up with hip hop producers Organized Noize to create "Nappy Dot Org". The first single, "Congratulations", made its way into cyberspace on July 13, 2011 by way of XXL Magazine and 2DopeBoyz. On October 11, 2011 Nappy Roots released their new album "Nappy Dot Org" that was entirely produced by Organized Noize.

The "Nappy Roots Presents Sh!ts Beautiful" album/mixtape that was released on June 27, 2012 through AllHipHop.[10]

In 2015, Nappy Roots released their newest album, The 40 Akerz Project. [11]


Year Song Chart positions[12] Album
U.S. Hot 100 R&B/Hip-Hop U.S. Rap Pop Songs
2002 "Awnaw" (featuring Jazze Pha) 51 18 15 Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz
"Po' Folks" (featuring Anthony Hamilton) 21 13 10 25
"Headz Up" 88
2003 "Roun' The Globe" 96 53 25 Wooden Leather
2008 "Good Day" 80 The Humdinger
2008 "Down 'N Out" (featuring Anthony Hamilton) 91
2010 "Ride" The Pursuit of Nappyness
2011 "Congratulations" Nappy Dot Org
2012 "Hey Love" 57
"Another Sofa Bed" (featuring Audio Stepchild) Nappy Roots Presents Sh!t's Beautiful
"Bigga Thomas" (featuring 40 Akerz)
"#REDPLAGUE" (featuring Audio Stepchild) ESPN license


Studio albums[edit]

Album information
Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz
  • RIAA Certification: Platinum
  • Released: February 26, 2002
  • Billboard 200 chart position: #24
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #3
  • Singles: "Awnaw", "Po' Folks", "Headz Up"
Wooden Leather
  • RIAA Certification:
  • Released: August 26, 2003
  • Billboard 200 chart position: #12
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #9
  • Singles: "Roun' the Globe", "Sick and Tired"
The Humdinger
  • Release: August 5, 2008
  • Billboard 200 chart position: #73
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: #13
  • Rap chart position: #7
  • Top Independent Albums: #11
  • Singles: "Good Day", "Down & Out"
The Pursuit of Nappyness
  • Release: June 15, 2010
  • Billboard 200 chart position: -
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: 40
  • Rap chart position: 21
  • Top Independent Albums: 48
  • Singles: "Ride", "Be Alright", "Back Home"
Nappy Dot Org (with Organized Noize)
  • Release: October 11, 2011
  • Billboard 200 chart position: -
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: -
  • Rap chart position: -
  • Top Independent Albums: -
  • Singles: "Congratulations", "Hey Love"
40Akerz Project
  • Release: May, 2015
  • Billboard 200 chart position: -
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: -
  • Rap chart position: -
  • Top Independent Albums: -
  • Singles: "Tokyo", "Party for the Ages"

Featured Tracks[edit]

Song Artist Album Year
"Bluegrass Stain'd" Mark Ronson Here Comes The Fuzz 2003
"K.K.K.Y-Remix" Cunninlynguists Strange Journey Volume One 2009
"The Man In Me" Chase Bean Revelry 2010
"Anti-Depression" & "Good Die Young" Jacob Izrael The Glitch 2.0 2010
"Election Day" Sabrina Single 2011
"Sofa Bed" Audio Stepchild Every Coincidence Is Significant 2012
"Some Kentucky Bourbon On Christmas Eve" 1st Blood A Different Kind Of Christmas 2012
"Snow Bunny" & "Holiday Wavy" Jerome "Bigfoot" Brailey A Different Kind Of Christmas 2012


Mixtape information
Country Fried Cess
  • Release: 1998
No Comb No Brush No Fade No Perm
  • Release: 2000
The Leak
  • Release: 2005
Nappy Roots Music Presents - The Kentucky Kolonels Vol. 1
  • Release: 2006
90 In The Slow Lane
  • Released: 2006
Innerstate Music
  • Released: 2007
Cookout Muzik
  • Released: 2008
Nappy University
  • Released: 2010
Nappy University Vol. 2: Fall Semester
  • Released: 2010
Nappy Roots Presents Sh!t's Beautiful
  • Released: 2012

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2011 "Waste Some Time"(w/ Colt Ford and Nic Cowan) David Poag

Awards and nominations[edit]



  • 2003 American Music Award nominations for Favorite Band, Duo or Group - Hip-Hop/R&B and Favorite New Artist - Hip-Hop/R&B[14]
  • 2003 Grammy Award nominations for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Po' Folks" - shared nomination with Anthony Hamilton and Best Long Form Music Video for "The World According to Nappy" - shared nomination with Gloria Gabriel, director; David Anthony [15]
  • 2003 Soul Train Award nomination for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist for "Awnaw"[16]


  • 2008 HipHopDX Award for "The Humdinger" [17]



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