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Nappy Roots

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Nappy Roots 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. 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). 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.

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