Nappy Roots

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Nappy Roots
Nappy Roots performing at the 2004 NBA All-Star Jam Session in Los Angeles
Nappy Roots performing at the 2004 NBA All-Star Jam Session in Los Angeles
Background information
OriginBowling Green, Kentucky, U.S.
GenresHip hop
Years active1995–present
Nappy Roots Entertainment Group
Fontana Distribution
AVJ Records
MembersSkinny DeVille
B. Stille
Ron Clutch
Fish Scales
Past membersR. Prophet
Big V

Nappy Roots is an American alternative Southern rap group. The group met in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1995 while attending Western Kentucky University. 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, R. Prophet left the group, and in 2012 Big V aka Vito Banga also left. Both 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 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). This critically acclaimed, major label follow-up album featured production from Kanye West, David Banner and Lil Jon. Also in 2003, Nappy Roots were on the soundtrack to Daredevil, with the song "Right Now", which featured Marcos Curiel of P.O.D. and was released on Windup Records. In 2004, three songs by Nappy Roots were included in the movie soundtrack to The Ladykillers, released on Sony Music.[6]

Since the release of Wooden Leather they have gone 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 had originally been intended for Tantric's album Tantric III, but due to the album being shelved, the song went unreleased. However, Tantric did re-record the song for their 2008 album The End Begins. The version featuring Nappy Roots can only be found on YouTube.[8]

The 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 album entered the Billboard Rap Charts at No. 7 and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums at No. 13.

In 2009 the single "We're Gonna Make it" by Skinny and Scales was released through Nappy Roots Entertainment Group.[9]

Nappy Roots kicked off 2010 with their highly anticipated new album, The Pursuit of Nappyness, released on June 15, 2010. The album features songs by Phivestarr Productions, a production duo from Atlanta, Georgia.[10]

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

The Nappy Roots Presents Sh!ts Beautiful album/mixtape was released on June 27, 2012 through AllHipHop.[11]

In 2015, Nappy Roots released their most recent album, The 40 Akerz Project.[12]

In 2018, the Cincinnati Bengals featured Nappy Roots song "Good Day" in their promotional video "Seize the DEY".[13]


Year Song Chart positions[14] Album
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
2004 "Trouble of this World (Coming Home)" The Ladykillers
2008 "Good Day" 80 The Humdinger
2008 "Down 'N Out" (featuring Anthony Hamilton) 91 The Humdinger
2010 "Ride" The Pursuit of Nappyness
2011 "Congratulations" Nappy Dot Org
2012 "Hey Love" 57 Nappy Dot Org
2012 "Another Sofa Bed" (featuring Audio Stepchild) Nappy Roots Presents Sh!t's Beautiful
2012 "Bigga Thomas" (featuring 40 Akerz) Nappy Roots Presents Sh!t's Beautiful
2012 "#REDPLAGUE" (featuring Audio Stepchild) ESPN license
2018 "Keep The Crypt" (Anything But Broke featuring Nappy Roots) The Start EP
2018 "Roll With The Beat" (Vitas featuring Nappy Roots) Roll With The Beat EP


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 5, 2015
  • Billboard 200 chart position: –
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: –
  • Rap chart position: –
  • Top Independent Albums: –
  • Singles: "Tokyo", "Party for the Ages"
Another 40 Akerz
  • Release: April 14, 2017
  • Billboard 200 chart position: –
  • R&B/Hip-Hop chart position: –
  • Rap chart position: –
  • Top Independent Albums: –
  • Singles: "Lookin Grown"

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
"White Shoes" Kid Quill 94.3 The Reel 2017
"Roll With The Beat" Vitas Roll With The Beat EP 2018


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[16]
  • 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 [17]
  • 2003 Soul Train Award nomination for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist for "Awnaw"[18]


  • 2008 HipHopDX Award for "The Humdinger" [19]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "I Wanted [To Talk] About A Man Being With A Woman Who Ain't Good For Him" | SOHH.COM Archived 2011-10-07 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^, A little wiser and more financially savvy, Nappy Roots takes its career into its own hands Retrieved on March 9, 2008
  3. ^ "Nappy Roots Member Big V Leaves Group, Releases Free Solo EP | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales | HipHop DX". Archived from the original on 2012-08-22. Retrieved 2012-06-28.
  4. ^ "Cincinnati Enquirer | Cincinnati news, breaking news and sports". Retrieved 2020-04-11.
  5. ^ Nappy Roots: The Pursuit Of Nappyness
  6. ^ The Ladykillers: Various Artists: Music
  7. ^ "Where Have the Nappy Roots Been? | Hip Hop News >". Archived from the original on 2008-05-05. Retrieved 2008-05-04.
  8. ^ "Tantric- Fall Down (Unreleased)". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 2020-02-08.
  9. ^ We're Gonna Make It: Nappy Roots Presents: Skinny & Scales (40 Akerz): MP3 Downloads,
  10. ^ Skinny & Scales (Nappy Roots) – We Out Here |
  11. ^ AllHipHop Presents Nappy Roots Sh!ts Beautiful Mixtape |
  12. ^ "Nappy Roots Releases The 40 Akerz Project". 21 May 2015. Retrieved 2020-04-11.
  13. ^ "Seize the DEY". Cincinnati Bengals.
  14. ^ – Artist Chart History – Nappy Roots. Billboard. Accessed June 14, 2010.
  15. ^ "2002 MTV Video Music Awards". Rock On The Net. 2002-08-29. Retrieved 2020-04-11.
  16. ^ "30th American Music Awards (presented in 2003)". Rock On The Net. 2003-01-13. Retrieved 2020-04-11.
  17. ^ "45th Annual Grammy Awards – 2003". Rock On The Net. 2003-02-23. Retrieved 2020-04-11.
  18. ^ "Atlantic News page". Archived from the original on 2006-11-26. Retrieved 2006-10-18.
  19. ^ "2008 HipHopDX Awards | Discussing Lil' Wayne, Drake & Many More Hip Hop Artists | HipHopDX". Archived from the original on 2015-04-08. Retrieved 2012-06-24.
  20. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2012-06-24.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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