Po' Folks

Nappy Roots

About Po' Folks

"Po' Folks" (featuring Anthony Hamilton) is the three time Grammy-nominated second hit single by the Kentucky rap group Nappy Roots. The beat was produced by Trackboyz. The song's signature concept, verse, and chorus was written by R. Prophet, a prolific member of Nappy Roots. Discussing the meaning of "Po' Folks," Prophet told MTV.com that the lyrics did not only speak of being poor as an economic issue. "It's a state of mind. It's not so bad being poor when you've got your family and God in your life and you have different values that, when it comes down to it, matter. A lot of other things really don't matter when God is knocking at your door." Po' Folks was released in 2002 and taken from Nappy Roots's debut album, Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz. It peaked at number 21 in the U. S. and features vocals by Anthony Hamilton who sung the soulful hook. Anthony Hamilton's performance, as well as the success of the song, is credited for launching Anthony Hamilton's career in mainstream music . 


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2002
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[Chorus:] 
All my life been po' 
But it really don't matter no mo' 
And they wonder why we act this way 
Nappy Boys gon' be okay 
All my life been po' 
But it really don't matter no mo' 
And they wonder why we act this way 
Nappy Roots gon' be okay, okay 

[Big V] 
We came in the game, plain ya see 
Average man when the rest was ashamed to be 
Nappy head and all, ain't no changin me 
Ooh-oh-oh-ooh-oh-oh... 
So rough it was, downright wrong I tell ya 
Nobody never gave us nothin but tough time and made us somethin 
Different stretch of road, new somethin to see 
Every state on the map, a different somethin to eat 
Daps and handshakes, it meant nuttin for real 
Everybody makin a killin man, showin no feelins 
Walkin off collectin pay, it's the way of the world 
Can't change it, so I guess I'm gon' pray for the world 
Sometimes I ask myself, was I made for the world? 
I scream this to you, and I say it to the world 
Nappy then, Nappy now - Nappy for a bit 
Knee-deep, head over heels in this country shit! 

[Chorus] 

[Skinny DeVille] 
Even though I picture better days, 
I'm thankful for the chance I got to say amen 
The Lord done blessed me with his grace, I wish this day would never end 
We represent the slums, where we from, we feel they bump 
Polish shot off on these presidents, and hardtimes they go and come 
Some take up off, without the chance, to make it at all 
Who woulda thought Skinny'd be the one that's, makin this call 
Lord, help me out, tell me where I went wrong 
I'm tryna find a righteous path, although it's, never been long 
I gotta do it for my sons, they tellin me, "Daddy be strong" 
We gon' make it through these hardtimes 
Even though they go and they come 
Ya absolutely right, for somethin happen to me on last Tuesday night 
It's plain as day, man they... with this World Trade 
Naw brave any order but confoldure 
Better make it home when nothin seems to matter 
That's when, see, everything can go - any which way 
They got me fooled, see the Henny with the J 
Front porch, chillin broke, country folk, I'm Nappy with my ways yo 

[Chorus] 

[R. Prophit] 
It's a blessin we woke up this mornin 
All my colored folk stressin, come let's join hands 
Got the folk with depresses of being po' man 
Poppa taught me an order, survive for no man 
Nappy got some for we gon' stand 
Prophit grew from a juvenile to a grown man 
Ya gotta take responsibility for ya own man 
Zonin, two blunts a mornin, by sunrise sometimes 
I love to hear my woman moanin, it's on again 
Damn I hope you play this song again 
The soul cleansin, the melody just read my end 
Not a lot of things but usually just appendin my lady 
Been searchin bendin and saw my folks locked in the tennants 
And it don't make any sense (why) children and sentencin 
Broadcastin from the slums, that's why I'm writin these sentences 
Just lower my income, (what) though we ain't finish it 

[Chorus]

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Nappy Roots

Nappy Roots is an American alternative Southern rap quartet that originated in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1995, and is best known for their hit singles "Po' Folks", "Awnaw", "Roun' The Globe" and "Good Day". They were the best selling hip hop group of 2002. The group consists of Milledgeville, Georgia native Fish Scales and Kentucky natives Skinny DeVille, B. Stille and Ron Clutch. more »

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