Nappy Roots

Nappy Roots
Nappy Roots (the best)
Origin Bowling Green, Kentucky
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1995 – present
Labels Atlantic
Nappy Roots Entertainment Group
Fontana Distribution
Skinny DeVille
B. Stille
Ron Clutch
Big V
Fish Scales
Past members
R. Prophet

Nappy Roots is an American alternative Southern rap quintet that originated in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1995 and is best known for its hit single "Awnaw."

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.[1]



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 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)" 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 Jon.

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.[2]

In 2008, the Nappy Roots returned to the spotlight with an internet campaign targeting the mega-popular hip-hop sites such as, HiphopDX, SOHH, 2dopeboyz, Dubcnn, XXL Mag and BallerStatus, etc.[3] 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, Joe Hop and more. The Humdinger entered the Billboard Rap Charts at #7 and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums at #13.

Nappy Roots toured across the country on "The Pursuit of Nappyness" tour. Fish Scales, Skinny DeVille and Big V began their Humdinger Winter Tour on January 14, 2009 in Chicago, IL.

In 2009, NREG released 40 Akerz from Fish Scales and Skinny DeVille as well as an independent project from Big V.

Nappy Roots kicked off 2010 with their highly anticipated new album, "The Pursuit of Nappyness", released June 15, 2010. The album features songs produced by a quickly emerging production duo from Atlanta, GA by the name of Phivestarr Productions.[4]

In 2011, Nappy has teamed up with legendary hip hop producers Organized Noize to create NAPPY DOT ORG which is slated for a late September 2011 release. The first single "Congratulations" made its way into cyberspace on July 13, 2011 by way of XXL and 2DopeBoyz.

On October 11, 2011 Nappy Roots has releasing their new album "NAPPY DOT ORG". This album was produced entirely by southern legends Organized Noize.


Year Song Chart positions[5] 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
2008 "Good Day" 80 The Humdinger
2010 "Ride" The Pursuit of Nappyness
2011 "Congratulations" NAPPY DOT ORG



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: Gold
  • 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"

Featured Tracks

Song Artist Album Year
"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


Mixtape information
Country Fried Cess
No Comb No Brush No Fade No Perm
The Leak
Nappy Roots Music Presents - The Kentucky Kolonels Vol. 1
90 In The Slow Lane
Innerstate Music
Cookout Muzik
Nappy University
Nappy University Vol. 2: Fall Semester

Awards and nominations



  • 2003 American Music Award nominations for Favorite Band, Duo or Group - Hip-Hop/R&B and Favorite New Artist - Hip-Hop/R&B[7]
  • 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 [8]
  • 2003 Soul Train Award nomination for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist for "Awnaw"[9]


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