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Nappy Roots, Nappy Dot Org

The Nappy Roots haven’t retained the mainstream relevancy they first realized with 2002’s Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz and the “Awnaw” and “Po’ Folks” singles it spawned in the near decade since. In that time, though, the five-man Kentucky-based group has continued to churn out solid soul-drenched countrified offerings and again do so with their latest opus, Nappy Dot Org.

Coming with their signature country boy sound, the quintet reaches new depths with this 11-track offering. With the collaborative efforts of Atlanta’s Organized Noize orchestrating production on the entire album, it has a track for every mood. “The Legend Lives On” is a proper reintroduction where, assisted by Big Rube and backed by bluesy strings, the collective mark their return. The single “Hey Love” is a deep and smooth joint, which is followed up with the party-ready “Pete Rose,” alongside Khujo Goodie.

Later, recalling Nappy’s roots from their debut album, “Give Me A Sign” gives voice to everyday people, far from the typical money-and-bitches lyrics to which today’s generation has grown accustomed . With Nappy Dot Org, the crew supplies plenty of impassioned and relatable raps that reaffirm that past talents still connect today. —Amber McKynzie

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  • T-Mac

    Reviews at XXL are so predictable.

  • The Truth

    Great review these are 2 of my favorite entities that have come together I must have it!

  • $yk


    This album is from an old head group who had a buzz back in the day but they aren’t Bilboard mainstays. Their music is Southern bluesy type of music, so you would have to know who they were before you would even want to listen to it. After hearing it, I realized that because I knew them from their past songs is the only reason I listened to it (beyond my job), and although they said a couple of things that actually relate to my life as of now, there is nothing here folks.


    • Tre

      Translation for $yk,

      I came to another website to complain about something else. This is what I do. Bitch and moan. New recent buzz is everything to me cause I’m the guy that turns trends into gimmicks. All my ideas on life come from some shit I saw in a current video. I prefer MTV Jams over the daily news or a book. Since they aren’t Swag rappers, I probably won’t buy this record. Maybe if they had more swag I would. Until then, I’ll make pointless remarks

      • swype-matic

        Looks like $yk’s translation of THE WRITER’S thoughts went completely over your head.

        • $yk

          yeah swype, I think I lost ‘em

  • i thought this was the roots

    my name says it all

  • http://www.thedungeonfamily.com Meko

    In an era where everyone is trying to be more POP than Kelly Clarkson, you tend to lose focus and appriciation for the integrity of NAPPY for sticking to their ROOTS. Job well done.

  • dj southside

    i’m putting this nappy roots review everywhere I can, so hopefully they see it and make changes to one of the most promising groups from the south.

    this album is god awful. when the intro kicks in you think it’s going to be a damn classic, but then falls off and keeps falling. the hole thing feels cheap even the artwork and disc which looks amatuer. i got my album today from best buy excited to hear it and this blows. i hate it. the rhymes are terrible. it could use a real mastering job. the beats are ok, but nappy doesn’t take advantage of the melodies. i loved the humdinger. pursuit wasn’t as good. this is a damn nightmare. sloppy roots. sloopy dot org. – dj southside

  • lilrizq

    this album gets a XL on beats yet Neako’s “The Number 23″ gets a L on the beats…smh. XXL must love pop music over real hip hop because this album is weak sauce.