Nappy Roots are out with the video to their new single ‘P.O.N.’, off SMKA’s free album ‘The 808 Experiment: Vol 2’. Watch the Bill Kirstein and Ethan Berger directed video via Vimeo below.
National Black Arts Festival presented Next Generation with Nappy Roots on Saturday (July 23) at Earthlink Live in Atlanta, Georgia. Check out pictures from WireImage.
Nappy Roots performed at NA Nightclub on Thursday (May 26) in New York City for The Chambord Project: Raise Money by Raising Your Glass. Check out pictures from FilmMagic.
The Nappy Roots were on hand for the NBA All Star Comedy Court on Friday (February 13) at Wadsworth Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Check out pictures from GettyImages.
When the Nappy Roots agreed to join the USO tour in Iraq, the crew got to see first hand what a few verses can do for people. “It really opened our eyes to a lot of things,” B. Stile tells Jeff Inman of Las Vegas CityLife. “The response we got was just amazing. We just didn’t know. But we also got to see that the war wasn’t really over, how crooked politics is, and what they’ll do to get what they want. But it was the soldiers that really got us. The work ethic of those guys in 130-degree heat. Our hearts really go out to those people and their families.” The full story at lasvegascitylife.com has since been removed.
Joe Bugbee of Bowling Green News was on hand for the Nappy Roots and the Black Eyed Peas concert at Anderson Arena for the annual UAO homecoming concert on October 4th. He writes, “The University Activities Organization announced that approximately 1,500 tickets were sold, but only about three-quarters of those ticket holders actually showed up. The crowd, however small, rose to its feet when Nappy took the stage around 8:30 p.m. and for the remainder of the show, only a handful of people showed any hint of excitement.” And the reaction wasn’t much better for the headliners. Bugbee added, “The energy escalated ten-fold when the Black Eyed Peas came out, saving the face of UAO, and thus saving the day. They were greeted by a half-interested crowd, many who stayed for only a song or two before leaving… By the time the Peas went on stage at 10 p.m., nearly half of the crowd had left. By the time the Peas played an impressive and awe-inspiring encore, the crowd that remained was mentally and emotionally drained, victims of pure musical drama at its highest and most rewarding.”
Hip hop acts appearing on television this week include Nappy Roots, who appear on the Orlando Jones Show on Monday, Last Call with Carson Daly on Thursday, and later in the week on the UK’s edition of TRL; Eve, who appears on TRL and Live with Regis and Kelly on Wednesday; Lil’ Romeo, who appears on Live with Regis and Kelly on Wednesday; and Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, who appears along with Master P. and Lil’ Romeo on TRL on Thursday.
Billboard caught up with the Nappy Roots to talk about the success of their 2002 debut, ‘Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz’, which saw them tour in support of to Iraq as one of the few hip hop acts to perform on the USO tour. “It was eye-opening to see the type of things [the soldiers] have to go through,” Scales says. “It can get up to 130 degrees, and electricity and running water are only available in a few places. When we went to Baghdad, the troops were staying in a hangar at the Saddam Hussein International Airport, sleeping on the floor — and their main concern was seeing us perform. It was a big morale booster for them, and that meant a lot to me.”
Rap acts hitting the television talk show circuit this week include Black Eyed Peas, who perform on Last Call with Carson Daly on Monday; Chingy, who performs on MTV’s Total Request Live on Tuesday; Nick Cannon, who appears on BET’s 106 and Park on Tuesday and Wednesday; Bow Wow, who performs on Live with Regis and Kelly on Wednesday; Fat Joe, who appears on Last Call on Wednesday; Nappy Roots, who perform on Live with Regis and Kelly on Thursday; Jermaine Dupri, who appears on 106 and Park on Thursday; Funkmaster Flex, who appears on TRL on Friday; and Eminem and Obie Trice, who appear on 106 and Park on Friday.
Nappy Roots return August 26th with ‘Wooden Leather’, the follow-up to their platinum-plus 2002 major-label debut, ‘Watermelon, Chicken and Gritz’. R. Prophet tells Rolling Stone that the new effort is backed by fuller, denser beats. “We wanted to be a lot more musical with this CD,” R. Prophet said. “We have a lot more instruments — live instruments, rather than just a keyboard.”