Returning to the roots


Blue Moose Tap House will presenting an all-ages hip-hop and comedy show at 6 p.m. Friday, headlined by the long-running Kentucky rap group Nappy Roots.

The band, which has been active since 1995, is an alternative hip-hop act that explores down-to-earth themes and finds inspiration in day-to-day joys and struggles. Country life, poverty, and the experience of being black in the South today are common themes, which often take a more earnest, pragmatic lyrical approach than those of mainstream rappers. Country and gospel-inspired instrumentation, including acoustic guitar and organ, provide melodic backbone to many Nappy Roots tracks.

The group released its most recent mixtape, 40Akerz Project, in May this year. The group’s discography is available to stream on Spotify.     Supporting acts for the Friday show include Tom Garland, an Iowa comedian on tour with Jackass crew member Preston Lacy, and B. Well, a Des Moines rapper. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the door or on the Blue Moose website.

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