- Nappy Roots
Nappy Roots (the best) Origin Bowling Green, Kentucky Genres Hip hop Years active 1995 – present Labels Atlantic
Nappy Roots Entertainment Group
Website NappyRoots.com Members Skinny DeVille
Past members R. Prophet
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 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.
In 2008, the Nappy Roots returned to the spotlight with an internet campaign targeting the mega-popular hip-hop sites such as AllHipHop.com, HiphopDX, SOHH, 2dopeboyz, Dubcnn, XXL Mag and BallerStatus, etc. 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.
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 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"
- 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"
- 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"
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
- Release: 1998
No Comb No Brush No Fade No Perm
- Release: 2000
- Release: 2005
Nappy Roots Music Presents - The Kentucky Kolonels Vol. 1
- Release: 2006
90 In The Slow Lane
- Released: 2006
- Released: 2007
- Released: 2008
- Released: 2010
Nappy University Vol. 2: Fall Semester
- Released: 2010
Awards and nominations
- 2002 MTV Video Music Award nomination for the MTV2 Award for "Awnaw" - shared nomination with Jazze Pha
- 2003 American Music Award nominations for Favorite Band, Duo or Group - Hip-Hop/R&B and Favorite New Artist - Hip-Hop/R&B
- 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 
- 2003 Soul Train Award nomination for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist for "Awnaw"
- ^ VelocityWeekly.com, A little wiser and more financially savvy, Nappy Roots takes its career into its own hands Retrieved on March 9, 2008
- ^ HipHopdx.com, Where Have The Nappy Roots Been? Retrieved on May 4, 2008
- ^ 2dopeboyz.com,  Retrieved on Aug 4, 2008
- ^ http://2dopeboyz.com/2009/02/05/skinny-scales-nappy-roots-we-out-here/
- ^ Billboard.com - Artist Chart History - Nappy Roots. Billboard. Accessed June 14, 2010.
- ^ http://www.rockonthenet.com/archive/2002/mtvvmas.htm
- ^ http://www.rockonthenet.com/archive/2003/amas.htm
- ^ http://www.rockonthenet.com/archive/2003/grammys.htm
- ^ http://www.atlanticrecords.com/nappyroots/article/?article=15807
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