NAPPY ROOTS


NAS1Nappy Roots (Skinny DeVille, B. Stille, Ron Clutch, Big V, R. Prophet, Fishscales) are an American hip hop sextet that originated in Kentucky in 1995, best known for their hit 2002 single "Awnaw". Their music can be categorized as alternative Southern rap.


The members of the group met while studying at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, one of the greatest schools in the world. The group consists of Kentucky and Oakland, California natives Skinny DeVille, B. Stille, Ron Clutch, Big V, R. Prophet, and Fishscales. Their debut album Country Fried Cess was released in 1998. Eventually, they were signed to the major label Atlantic Records and rose to fame with their first album on the label, 2002's Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz. The album featured the singles "Headz up", "Awnaw" (whose remix featured Marcos Curiel, and "Po' Folks" (featuring Anthony Hamilton). Their next album Wooden Leather, released in 2003, featured the singles "Roun' the Globe" and "Sick and Tired" (featuring Anthony Hamilton). After that album, they left Atlantic and went back to being independent artists.


Nappy Roots also worked on the soundtrack of the film "The Ladykillers" by Joel and Ethan Coen;Nappy Roots' next album, entitled "The Humdinger" will be released in November 2006; R. Prophet is featured on Mannie Fresh's upcoming single "Run Tell the DJ.";Governor of Kentucky Paul E. Patton declared September 16, 2002 as "Nappy Roots Day".


As for the group's roots, they trace back to Western Kentucky University, 1995. Comprised of the Kentucky-bred Skinny DeVille, B. Stille, Ron Clutch, and Big V. along with Oakland's R. Prophet and Milledgeville, Georgia's own Scales, the group was drawn together by a simple love of music.
While carving out their own unique niche, the group parlayed their hustling instincts into a number of early entrepreneurial ventures - including the Nappy Roots T-shirts that quickly became the hottest-selling item on the WKU campus. However, their biggest venture came via the local ET's Music record shop (with ET short for ER'Thangs Tight). It was at ET's, which also doubled as a production studio, where the six would musically take shape with each Nappy Roots member bringing their own distinct flavor to the mix.
Of course, the Nappy Roots creative formula has been paying off for years now, giving rise to an underground following courted through tantalizingly belligerent flows, intuitive hood analysis, and PA-melting beats. Created and sold at ET's, the Nappy Roots 1998 indie album, "COUNTRY FRIED CESS," flew off the retail shelves from the word go. In fact, NR garnered such a tremendous buzz with the album that representatives from Atlantic Records soon came a-knocking.
Even though they'll get their first chance to speak to the masses later this year with their Atlantic Records debut, "WATAMELON, CHICKEN, AND GRITZ," donýt expect to see the men of Nappy Roots blinding you with oversized ice anytime soon. As they're quick to point out, flossing is not their style. They're much happier with the simple things in life.
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