Nappy Roots Expertly Blend That Southern Soul With Concrete Grit (Audio)

While it’s been more than a decade since the Nappy Roots were shooting up the charts with major label backing, the Bowling Green, Kentucky collective has pushed on consistently. In the last six years, Skinny DeVille, B. Stille, and Fish Scales have made several albums, including Nappy Dot Org, with Dungeon Family’s Organized Noize.

2016 holds promise for the onetime platinum act. New single “Concrete Pavement” embodies the dialectic flavor always heard from the group, with a hard drum beat (by SMKA’s 808 Blake) that matches the scruffy tone of the song. The Outkast influence is prominent here, but the Nappy Roots have always distinguished themselves and their region—which they do right here too. Major or independent, the Roots continue to flourish.

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