Big V of Nappy Roots
Bowling Green, Kentucky native, Big V is the former front man of Nappy Roots who were the best-selling hip-hop group of 2002 and they have been dominating the music industry since then… With chart topping hits–such as "Awnaw" (and the "Awnaw Remix" featuring Marcos of P.O.D), "Po' Folks", "Headz Up", "Roun' The Globe", "Good Day" and more–Nappy Roots have been a constant presence in the music industry for over a decade with five studio albums commercially released to the masses.
With over 5 Million records sold, Grammy and American Music Award Nominations, Soul Train and MTV Award Nominations, Vito has done it all. Nappy Roots has been featured on best-selling video games such as "Madden NFL" and "NBA Ballers" and in their home state, Paul E. Patton the former governor of Kentucky, sanctioned September 16th as "Nappy Roots Day".
Nappy Roots helped launch the superstar careers of Anthony Hamilton, Jazze Pha, Trey Songz – - and have worked with Kanye West, Dave Matthews, David Banner, Lil Jon, Raphael Saadiq, Mark Ronson, Organized Noise, etc. and also a major motion picture soundtrack with Tom Hanks. Vito who penned the hit songs Aww Naw and Po Folks, was named by XXL Magazine as having one of the best voices in hip-hop. All big activities from a guy from Bowling Green KY who started rapping for fun at age 13. He and Nappy Roots helped put the south on the map in the rap industry and he is considered to have been very influential in the southern movement.
Vito left the group in 2012 to concentrate on being a father after his kids left them at his mother’s home. During his hiatus became a spokesman for the Light of Chance program, a non-profit program dedicated to using the arts to help troubled youth. Recently, Vito has decided that the time is right to return to music and is re-introducing himself as a talented solo artist with singles like “When We Were Young ” a tribute to both his time in Nappy Roots and the trials of being a young parent, “Street Boy” which chronicles the problems in relationships marked by drug abuse and infidelity and “Top of Da South” dedicated to his home state of Kentucky. He has also added actor to his lists of accomplishments landing a role in the movie “The Breakup Masters” and a lead role in the film “45 Seconds”, both films are scheduled for release in 2021. Big V is also releasing a solo project as a joint venture with fellow Kentuckians, Kyng of Da Beatz Productionz. The project tentatively called “Still Eating” will feature some of his Nappy Roots group members, along with Country rap veterans like Jelly Roll, Struggle Jennings and Slum American artist Big Henri.