Grammy Award nominated rap group Nappy Roots, the five-man hip hop collective responsible for the multi-platinum smash Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz, is currently at Dungeon East Studios working with the impressive Organized Noize production team on a new CD that will be released on a joint venture with AVJ Records.
Organized Noize is the Atlanta based multi-platinum-selling award-winning trio of Rico Wade, Ray Murray and Sleepy Brown that helped to shape Southern Hip Hop with OutKast’s ground breaking Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik album. “We’ve been credited with creating the “Sound of the South,” and Nappy Roots is considered the “Conscience of the South,” so it’s great that Nappy wanted to work with us,” says Rico Wade of the Noize team. “People are going to be impressed by this album.”
The Nappy Roots project marks the first time the trio has worked on an entire album in quite some time. Nappy Roots rapper Skinny DeVille speaks on the excitement. “It’s an honor to be working with legends like Organized Noize. Nappy Roots is a family and Organized Noize is like our older cousins that we haven’t seen in a while, so the [sessions are] like a family reunion. We stayed true to ourselves, but Organized Noize has pushed our limits and taken the music to the next level.”
The new album will be the first Nappy Roots project on AVJ Records, an urban imprint run by Jason “Boogie” Brown and Shannon Houchins of Average Joe Entertainment (Colt Ford, Montgomery Gentry, Corey Smith). Shannon Houchins states, “We’re happy to be partnering up with Nappy Roots on the next stage of their career. They are an important part of Hip Hop history and we are honored to continue their legacy.”
Nappy Roots – the collective of Fish Scales, Skinny DeVille, B. Stille, Clutch, and Big V. debuted with Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz (Atlantic), the best-selling hip hop album of 2002. The CD sold through 2X Platinum behind the singles “Headz Up,” “Awnaw” (nominated for an MTV Best Video Award) and “Po’ Folks,” which was also a pop hit. “Po’ Folks” nabbed a Grammy nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and their DVD, The World According to Nappy, earned a Grammy nomination for Best Long Form Music Video. The album also scored American Music Award nominations for favorite Hip Hop Group and Favorite New Hip-Hop/R&B Artist. Their second album, 2003’s Gold certified Wooden Leather (Atlantic) featured the singles “Roun’ the Globe” and “Sick and Tired” and production work by Kanye West, David Banner and Lil Jon. They dropped The Humdinger on their own Nappy Roots Entertainment Group label in 2008. The album entered Top 10 (#7) on the Billboard “Rap Charts” and Top 20 (#11) on the “Indie Album” chart behind the hits “Good Day” and “Keep It Real.” Pursuit of Nappiness followed in 2010. It took home a Southern Entertainment Award for Indie Album of the Year in 2011.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
5/16: Dartmouth College-Hanover, NH
5/26: Bar Deluxe-Salt Lake City, UT
5/27: Town Square Tavern-Jackson, WY
5/28: Reef-Boise, ID
6/4: Player’s Choice-Appleton, WI
8/26: Winthrop University-Rock Hill, SC
8/30: University of South Carolina Aiken-Aiken, SC
9/15: El Corazon-Seattle, WA
9/16: Hell’s Kitchen-Tacoma, WA
9/17: The Wild Buffalo-Bellingham, WA