Flashback Friday: Nappy Roots and Playa

The wifey and I just returned from spring beak in Louisville, Ky. — the city where we met and the birthplace of this very blog’s predecessor. Kentucky might not be known for its rap and R&B acts, but trust me, there’s talent in that bluegrass. Here’s proof.

watermelon chicken and gritz

Nappy Roots, Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz (2002)

When Nappy Roots finally broke into the mainstream with their 2002 debut, the entire state of Kentucky celebrated. I even remember when the governor proclaimed an official “Nappy Roots Day.” Nappy Roots loved their home state, and that state responded in kind. Nappy’s Southern-fried brand of conscious and club hits endeared them not just to their home state but nationwide too.

Also check out:

“Po’ Folks,” featuring Anthony Hamilton

“Headz Up”


Playa, Cheers 2 U (1998)

Playa should have been HUGE. They were mentored by Jodeci, backed by Timbaland and had one of best songwriters of the era in-house — the late Static Major. Their debut album was phenomenal and hasn’t left my rotation since 1998. They’re one of the most underrated gems of the modern R&B era.

Also check out:

“Don’t Stop the Music”

“One Man Woman,” featuring Aaliyah

What Ever Happened to: Playa

Now, it’s your turn. Email soulinstereoblog@gmail.com  hit me up on Twitter @etbowser, or stop by the comments section and share your Flashback Friday album. Leave a couple of sentences describing what makes it so great. I’ll feature your album on the blog.


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