Nappy Roots is an American alternative southern rap quartet that originated in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1995. They are best known for their hit singles “Po’ Folks”, “Awnaw”, “Roun’ The Globe”, and “Good Day”. Their first album Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz was released on Atlantic Records and reached Multi-Platinum status; impressively, it was the top selling Hip Hop album of 2002.
By far one of the most underrated Hip-Hop acts to have emerged over the past few years, their accomplishments and the milestones they’ve reached are that of often-referenced Hip-Hop legacies. But theirs remains a legacy that isn’t celebrated nearly as much as it should be… at least not by “the industry.” The fans, on the other hand, recognize just what sets Nappy Roots apart: consistency. Now, after 10 years as independent artists and label owners, Nappy Roots have released their 6th studio album, The 40 Akerz Project, which is their 4th independent release on their very own label Nappy Roots Entertainment Group (NREG).
The group has also maintained one of the most active touring schedules in Hip-Hop, performing a total of 150 dates in 2014 alone. The heavy touring has not only helped to keep Nappy Roots ever present in the minds of their continually expanding fan base, it has provided them a wider perspective on life, which in turn allows them to create music for a wider audience than most Hip-Hop act have access to.
Nappy Root’s latest album The 40 Akerz Project was promoted by Tinderbox Music in 2015. Obtaining extensive chart coverage at CMJ, it reached #1 on the Hip Hop Top 40 Chart, broke the Top 200 Chart, and was named the #16 overall Hip Hop album of 2015 via the Year End Chart.