About nappy Roots
Nappy Roots is an American alternative Southern rap quartet that originated in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1995, and is best known for their hit singles "Po' Folks", "Awnaw", "Roun' The Globe" and "Good Day". They were the best selling hip hop group of 2002.
The group consists of Skinny DeVille, Fish Scales, B. Stille and Ron Clutch.
"A damn shame gotta grind anything and every thang, Jimmy Crack Corn ‘cross the county line wit' Mary Jane" – Skinny Deville.
Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Skinny DeVille is the oldest of four brothers and sisters and the father of three. After high school, he attended Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and then went on to hook up with Clutch, Big V, Scales and B. Stille to form what would soon become a Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum super group known as Nappy Roots.
"My first song was like 48 bars with no hook…" -- Fish Scales
Though he speaks a slum language, his conversation is one of positivity. This was the introduction to the world of Fish Scales. From the first line of their hit "Awnaw", Fish Scales made it clear that he carried the spirit of hip hop through his lyrics. Compared to the likes of Nas, Kanye West, and Talib Kweli, Scales has the ability to bring pride and respect back to the MC.
B. Stille, also called Buffalo Stille for possessing the self-described animal traits of a buffalo, is the youngest member of Nappy Roots and was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. The middle of three children, B. Stille was the only boy who found himself interested in music at a very early age. By twelve years old, he had already written and recorded his first album entitled "On a Mission" and also co-produced many of his first recordings.
In high school, B. Stille won several talent shows and even appeared on local news channels for his freestyle ability. One of the first of many talented rappers from the city of Louisville, B. Stille was destined to be a recording artist on the national scene with his introspective and deeply lyrical rhymes.
Ronald Clutch Wilson, known to the world as Ron Clutch, was born in Louisville, Kentucky on November 5, 1974. Growing up in the eighties, Clutch was exposed to a rich mixture of music consisting of Funk, R&B, Rock 'n Roll, Gospel, and not to mention the birth of one of the most influential music forms -- hip hop.
At a time when drugs and violence consumed the block, Clutch narrowly escaped the trappings of poverty. Always aware that education was the key to success, he enrolled in school at Western Kentucky University in 1993 where he was first introduced to Skinny DeVille.