GRAMMY®-nominated, multi-platinum hip hop group the Nappy Roots recently visited Full Sail University in the midst of a national tour promoting their latest album, The Pursuit of Nappyness.
Full Sail’s Black Student Union hosted an open forum discussion with the group – best known for their 2002 hit “Awnaw” – that saw the the Entertainment Business Auditorium packed to full capacity. And while the event got off to a slightly late start (rap superstars aren’t necessarily known for their promptness), students were eager to ask questions about the group’s beginnings and career.
The group – whose members met in the mid-90s while attending Western Kentucky University – spoke about the initial struggles they faced in breaking into the music industry and explained why they left major label Atlantic Records to form their own N.R.E.G. (Nappy Roots Entertainment Group).
Also on hand was Full Sail Entertainment Business Master’s graduate Mia Howard, who handles the Nappy Roots’ travel and touring schedule through Atlanta-based company 6103 Entertainment. Mia was responsible for bringing the group with her when she found out that they’d be playing in town. Later that night, the group performed at the Social in downtown Orlando for many of the students who attended the afternoon lecture.