Nappy Roots

Some people might argue the Kentucky-based rap quintet Nappy Roots hasn’t done anything worth listening to since its 2002 hit singles “Awnaw” and “Po’ Folks.” Those people are wrong. Nappy Roots might never see the chart success they did earlier in the decade, and their most recent attempts at club tracks like “Fishbowl” have come off as hollow at best. But Nappy Roots doesn’t care about those things, because tracks from their fourth record The Pursuit of Nappyness like “Ride” and “Back Home” offer up a sound laced with the acoustic guitar melodies and nimble Southern drawl that prove they haven’t lost their soul. With Kevin Gardner, Key Element, Black Stax. NICK FELDMAN

Fri., July 30, 8 p.m., 2010

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