S**t was Beautful : Nappy Roots Recap
by Naij B
Nappy Roots playing at The Social. Culture Climax is on the scene of course, but tonight I have a purpose. My back toting a brick of fliers and well, somebody gotta tell yall how it went down, right? (Translation = I’m making these Climax moves!)
The time is 10:27 and the pre-show is jumping off! Shouts out to Doxside and Vets of Kin that held it down before the main event. The locals most definitely know how to put on a show in the O. Now before I get in to the Nappy performance, the story just wouldn’t be complete without mentioning It’s Complicated. The up and coming four-piece band representing Des Moines, IA rocked The Social before Nappy Roots took the stage. Big shout out to Josh (drums), Tariq (bass), Keifer (guitar) and Kyle on the sax. The multi-genre players met the Nappy Roots crew in Des Moines; Nappy to say the least was impressed with band and they’ve been rocking together on tour ever since.
Pushing 12 o’ clock, it’s jut about time for Nappy Roots to hit the stage; the small crowd pit is filled with an unusual audience. People of all ages, from vast walks of life are here to jam with the Nappy crew, I see the dude from the smoke shop across the street, even the graduation coordinator from school. Honestly, I know maybe five songs tops, but there were plenty of thorough fans in the building to overshadow my newcomer stench. Luckily they opened with Po’folks, we all know that one. Then they would dig a little deeper in to the catalogue, performing joints like Ride and No Static. I wrote them down so I could look them up later too, they were jamming for real. Personally, I was waiting for Awnaw, I remember this song was heavy on BET back in the day and when they finally did it the whole club was doing the wheel-turning dance. With the little I do know about the Nappy fam, I can say that I always liked their story telling abilities; they are master’s of southern folklore. The music reminds of the tales passed down from generations, tracing back to the Negro spiritual styles. You can sense the their southern pride and comfort when you see them, justified by the 10-gallon hat that B.Stille is rocking and the beaded necklace on Fish Scales. I had a good time at the show and I was even more privileged to catch the set at The Social because Nappy Roots headed to Full Sail Wednesday and I’m almost positive we won’t be seeing this show.
Nappy Roots at The Social Orlando July 21, 2012, a set on Flickr.