“It doesn't matter if it's 20 or 20,000...” was the words of Fish Scales of the Nappy Roots. It is a sentiment that the best in the game share. From national acts to local up and comers, the art of the performance is becoming more and more important. In an ever-evolving live experience, hip hop shows have taken on a new form. From acts like Travis $cott's high-energy riots to Chance the Rapper's gospel choirs to Tech N9ne's theatrical experience, hip hop shows are becoming some of the most entertaining in the industry.
Deeply Rooted Tribe opened for Nappy Roots for the second year in a row and proved that when the Kentucky-bred crew returns to the Twin cities, the Tribe makes it worth it. I have personally followed the Tribes ascension in my short time being in the cities, but this was my first time experiencing them live. Opening with their single “Tribe Supply” had the crowd was instantly drawn in. A smooth smokers ballad had everyone grooving, including the members of Nappy Roots. Although the set began on a smooth note, it ended with a bang...literally. As the last song ended, a well-placed gunshot dropped the trio on the stage and their theatrics was met with an astounding cheer.
The night would close off with one of the best groups to ever bless a stage. Nappy Roots energy was revitalizing and reminded me of my college days. While the crowd was less than a hundred, they made sure the Nappy Roots knew they appreciated every minute. From passing around a bottle of Ciroc to inviting a select few on stage, the southern rap quartet showed true southern hospitality to the north. Their hospitality was great, but there playing of old classic had me feeling nostalgic. From “Po Folks” to “Good Day” and even taking a fan's request for “Aw Na/Hell Naw,” Nappy Roots made good on their promise that whether its twenty or twenty thousand; they will always put on a great show.