Nappy Roots - The Humdinger

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If anything, The Nappy Roots seem to have deepened their connection to Hip Hop, making their return sweeter than jelly jar iced tea.

Five years removed from an album release, The Nappy Roots [click to read] weren't expected to be an outfit that would fill a void in Hip Hop upon their return. Arguably, in the fast-moving climate of today's "popcorn era" of rap, their return was hardly expected at all. However, The Humdinger, the quintet's first independent release lives up to its name with a handful of filler amidst some of the most evocative music, melody and common man rhymes at just the right time.

"Kalifornia Dreamin'" exemplifies the Roots' absence to music. Here, the Kentucky group interpolates the Mamas & The Papas '60s classic with a record defined by escapism, without crutching samples or corny choruses. Although looking to runaway there, "Small Town" is a celebration of staying put. The electronic-based composition recognizes Charleston, West Virginia and Cape Cod, Massachusetts for their unique qualities. As a group criticized years ago for being too local-minded, The Nappy Roots seem to have taken their message and made it tangible to millions more. Strong messages, powerful imagery and natural choruses make The Humdinger sit comfortably in the lineage of Devin The Dude's [click to read]