Many of us have our favorite rap groups, but too often, the groups we like the most tend to fall victim to ego issues or they just can’t work past their creative differences. Back in the late 90s, a group called Nappy Roots entered the scene. Their sound was country and soulful. Their words made you feel good, but they also made you think. They quickly became a group I wanted to hear more from and I hoped they wouldn’t become a rap group statistic. Thankfully, this has not happened.
Recently, global genius society had the opportunity to speak with the group about their latest collection of music known as “The 40 Akerz Project.” We talked bout their place in the industry and where they are in their careers. We discussed how they find a way to navigate through the music industry differently than others. I even briefly vented some of my frustration about how they are often overlooked and underrated, even by some people who call themselves fans. All the while, the group was able to remain humble while finding silver linings while talking about negative situations.
The conversation with them helped me better understand why I like them as a group. As I mentioned before, they make undeniably great music, but that’s not it. When they speak, you can tell they are grateful to make a living off of music. They don’t take the opportunity for granted. That appreciate and humility makes it nearly impossible not to cheer for them. So, take some time to listen to the interview, then go pick up, or (legally) download “The 40 Akerz Project” and all of their other music. And like the group says, “Keep it Nappy!”