Iraq Gigs Meant A Lot To Nappy Roots

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.”

On TV: Black Eyed Peas, Bow Wow, Nappy Roots

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 Grow Up On Second Album

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.”

Billboard Urban Radio Networks Awards

DMC of Run-DMC, Mystic, Nappy Roots, Trick Daddy, Goapele, Rodney Jerkins, and Kayne West were on hand for the Billboard-American Urban Radio Networks 2003 R&B/Hip-Hop Awards show in Miami on Friday (August 8).

Nappy Roots & Clipse On TV This Week

Rap acts on television this week include the Nappy Roots, who perform on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday, while Pharrell and Clipse perform on Last Call with Carson Daly on Wednesday.

Nappy Roots Talk About Their Iraq Experience

Contributed by AdamBernard:

In a recent interview with Nappy Roots talked about going to Baghdad, Iraq and performing for the troops. The performance was especially important to Clutch, as he had been in the Army Reserves and got to see his former unit in action. Read more.

Bubba, Puffy, Chingy & Nappy Roots On TV

Rap acts on television this week include Timbaland and Bubba Sparxxx, who both appear on BET’s 106 and Park on Monday; Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, who appears on 106 and Park, Live with Regis and Kelly, and MTV’s Total Request Live on Tuesday; Northern State, who perform on Last Call with Carson Daly on Tuesday; Nappy Roots, who appear on BET’s 106 and Park on Wednesday; and Chingy, who performs on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday.

Nappy Roots Performs For Troops In The Persian Gulf

Contributed by jayo:

Atlantic recording group Nappy Roots has just returned from the Persian Gulf, where they performed for thousands of American troops at USO shows in Iraq, Kuwait, and Qatar. The events were part of Project Salute 2003, the first large-scale entertainment tour to the region since Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Nappy Roots Plays To Small Crowd In McDonough

Thomas Wigg of the Georgetown Hoya reviewed the Nappy Roots concert at McDonough Gymnasium. Wigg writes, “The crowd went insane when the Roots began their latest hit single ‘Po’ Folks’ a cappella style, before heavily bringing in the rest of the beat. It only got crazier from then on and reached its climax when the group broke into their signature song ‘AwNaw,; complete with keyboard dependent refrain that took the nation by storm last summer, catapulting Nappy Roots into superstardom.”

On TV: Fabolous, Nappy Roots, Ice-T

Several rap acts make appearances on television this week. On Monday, Fabolous performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Tuesday, we see Queen Latifah on The View, and the Roots on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. On Wednesday, Missy Elliott performs on the Tonight Show, while Nappy Roots perform on Jimmy Kimmel. Thursday, look for Queen Latifah on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Ice-T will wrap up the week on Late Night on Friday.