The Nappy Roots offer plenty of Southern hospitality on their major-label debut, Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz. The Bowling Green, Ky.

The Nappy Roots offer plenty of Southern hospitality on their major-label debut, Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz. The Bowling Green, Ky.-based sextet—Skinny Deville, Big V., R. Prophet, B. Stille, Scales, and Ron Clutch—serves up a thoroughly satisfying set of Southern-fried funk and soul-influenced rap. While some fans may remember Country Fried Cess, the group's 1998 indie debut, many became familiar with the group via the new set's lead single, "Awnaw." The sing-songy, organ-drenched track, which features Jazze Pha, is a fitting introduction to the group. The Nappy Roots also please with the ultra-catchy "Set It Out." Other highlights include "Po' Folks," "Sholiz," and the hilarious "Ballin' on a Budget."—RH

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