Nappy Roots was a T-shirt before it was a band, something Big V, Ron Clutch, Scales, R. Prophet, B. Stille and Skinny DeVille sold out of the record shop/recording studio--ET's Music--they owned and operated just off Western Kentucky University's Bowling Green campus, the city's first black-owned record store. (ET's, by the way, is short for "Er'thing's Tight.") It was a hot seller, the Nappy Roots hick-hop logo printed in fraternity and sorority colors so the Greeks would snap them up. Which they did. The group, five Western Kentucky students and one non-student local (Big V), couldn't print... More >>>
It wasn't Nappy Roots' time when they signed with Atlantic Records in 1998, says Ron Clutch, left. Now it is.