Nappy Roots performing at the 2004 NBA All-Star Jam Session in Los Angeles
|Origin||Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States|
|Genres||Hip hop, southern hip hop, alternative hip hop, R&B|
|Years active||1994 – present|
808 Blake of SKMA
|Past members||R. Prophet
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. The group consists of Milledgeville, Georgia native Fish Scales and Kentucky natives Skinny DeVille, B. Stille and Ron Clutch.
The group formed when the members were students at Western Kentucky University. 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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 2015, Nappy Roots released their newest album, The 40 Akerz Project. 
|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|
|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|
|"Another Sofa Bed" (featuring Audio Stepchild)||—||—||—||—||Nappy Roots Presents Sh!t's Beautiful|
|"Bigga Thomas" (featuring 40 Akerz)||—||—||—||—|
|"#REDPLAGUE" (featuring Audio Stepchild)||—||—||—||—||ESPN license|
|Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz
|The Pursuit of Nappyness
|Nappy Dot Org (with Organized Noize)
|"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|
|"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|
|Country Fried Cess
|No Comb No Brush No Fade No Perm
|Nappy Roots Music Presents - The Kentucky Kolonels Vol. 1
|90 In The Slow Lane
|Nappy University Vol. 2: Fall Semester
|Nappy Roots Presents Sh!t's Beautiful
|2011||"Waste Some Time"(w/ Colt Ford and Nic Cowan)||David Poag|
Awards and nominations
- 2002 MTV Video Music Award nomination for the MTV2 Award for "Awnaw" - shared nomination with Jazze Pha
- 2003 American Music Award nominations for Favorite Band, Duo or Group - Hip-Hop/R&B and Favorite New Artist - Hip-Hop/R&B
- 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 
- 2003 Soul Train Award nomination for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist for "Awnaw"
- 2008 HipHopDX Award for "The Humdinger" 
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