Nappy Roots officially have its own day in Atlanta. The group, which is widely known across the city for its philanthropic efforts, including mentorship programs, support of local nonprofits, and creation of community events, was honored by the city on Sept. 16 after Mayor Andre Dickens and his office announced the proclamation last week.
The group's brewery, Atlantucky, hosted an event celebrating the honor on Friday (Sept. 16), and also dropped a new single, "Random Thoughts." Additionally, they premiered their new seasonal European lager "Naptoberfest."
Nappy Roots emerged on the rap scene back in 1998 with their independent debut, Country Fried Cess, after originally meeting up as students at Western Kentucky University. Shortly after the release of their indie debut, Atlantic Records signed Nappy Roots, and they dropped their major label platinum debut, Watermelon, Chicken, and Gritzin 2002, propelled by the countrified, high-energy singles, “Aw Naw” and “Po Folks.” They released one more album with Atlantic, 2003’sWooden Leather, before deciding to split from the label and go independent. Their most recent full-length offering, 40rty dropped in September 2020.
In 2021, they opened Atlantucky, a 6,000-foot brewery and taproom located in Atlanta not far from Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, and Morehouse College. Since opening, they've been heavily involved in the community, drawing Black-owned vendors and businesses to showcase their products through their venue, and hosting various philanthropic events.
“We take beer seriously,” Scales previously told Rock The Bells. “And we want people to know that Black people understand beer, and we know how to make it. We can talk beer with anybody and there’s a whole community of Black people that’s growing that wants to sit down and have beer conversations. Atlantucky will be a place for people to do that.”
"Random Thoughts" is available to stream now.