Underrated: "We Could Be The Most Underrated Rap Group In Hip-Hop History"
Thursday, Jun 7, 2012 12:15AM
[Each week, SOHH asks two entertainment personalities to name who they feel is the most underrated emcee in hip-hop. After DJ O. Minaya gave Ludacris the title earlier this week, Nappy Roots' Ron Clutch crowns his own crew SOHH Underrated.]
I have to say Nappy Roots. It's safe to say we could be the most underrated rap group in hip-hop history.
I credit that to us calling ourselves the authors of reality rap. That's not always popular in hip-hop, telling the truth, the struggles of everyday life, the ups and downs. Ever since our debut album in 2002, that's what we're about. We talk about real life issues and we've been consistent with that.
That's why I have to name Nappy Roots as the most underrated group of rappers. We're born and raised in Kentucky. That's where Nappy Roots was born. So we've got to put it down and give all of our success to Kentucky. It's for Kentucky.
You have to go with Nappy Roots as SOHH Underrated. That's hands down.
Country and proud of it, Nappy Roots formed in 1995 around a sextet of students attending Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. Four members of the group were Kentucky natives (Skinny DeVille, B. Stille, Ron Clutch, and Big V), bolstered by a pair of Oakland-born transplants (R. Prophet and Milledgeville). Nappy Roots began making music together at a local record shop-cum-studio named ET's Music, and released their full-length debut, Country Fried Cess, in 1998. Drawn to the group's distinctive twist on Southern bounce, the major labels began flocking, and they eventually signed to Atlantic. Their label debut, Watermelon, Chicken and Gritz, was released in 2002, and the follow-up, Wooden Leather, arrived one year later. After several delays, the group released its anticipated album The Humdinger in August 2008; it was the first not to feature R. Prophet, who had left the group to pursue a solo career. Their second album as a quintet, The Pursuit of Nappyness, was issued two years later.
Check out Nappy Roots' music below: