Nappy Roots

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Nappy Roots
Origin Bowling Green, Kentucky
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1995 – present
Labels Atlantic
Nappy Roots Entertainment Group
Fontana Distribution
AVJ Records
Website NappyRoots.com
Members Skinny DeVille
B. Stille
Ron Clutch
Fish Scales
Past members R. Prophet
Big V

Nappy Roots is an American alternative Southern rap quartet from Louisville, Kentucky. 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, Oakland, California native R. Prophet left the group, and in 2012 Kentucky native Big V aka Vito Banga also left. Both are pursuing solo careers.[2][3]

Biography[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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 #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 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.[9]

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.[10]

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

Singles[edit]

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
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

Discography[edit]

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

Mixtapes[edit]

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]

2002[edit]

2003[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[edit]

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

2011[edit]

Notes[edit]

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