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Nappy Roots Biography

Nappy Roots Biography

Nappy Roots is an American alternative Southern rap quintet that originated in Kentucky in 1995 and is best known for its hit 2002 single "Awnaw (feat. Jazze Pha)." The group consists of Milledgeville, Georgia native Fish Scales and Kentucky natives Skinny DeVille, B. Stille, Ron Clutch, and Big V. Oakland, California native R. Prophet has recently left the group to pursue a solo career. Nappy Roots debut independent album Country Fried Cess was released in 1999, which led to the group being signed by Atlantic Records. Their first album on Atlantic was 2002's biggest selling hip-hop album, "Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz". The multi-platinum album featured the hit-singles "Headz up", "Awnaw", and "Po' Folks". The "Awnaw (Remix)" ft Marcos of P.O.D. appeared on Madden 2003. 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, "Wooden Leather" featured production from Kanye West, David Banner and Lil John. 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 now has a tentative release set at August 5, 2008. Earlier in 2008, Nappy Roots released the highly successful mixtape, “Cookout Muzik” hosted by DJ Smallz and Greg Street. In 2008, the Nappy Roots have energetically returned into the spotlight with a savvy and perceptive internet campaign, led by publicist, Jonathan Hay, targeting the mega-popular hip-hop websites such as Allhiphop, XXLMag, HiphopDx, Sohh, Dubcnn, BallerStatus and more. The well-received album, "The Humdinger" has garnered praise from countless critics alike. The Humdinger features guest appearances from Anthony Hamilton, Greg Nice, Greg Street and Slick & Rose, with production from Sol Messiah, Groove Chambers, Big Al, Joe Hop and more. The Humdinger entered the Rap Charts at #7.

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