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Vito Tisdale, also known as “Big V” or “Vito Banga," is a former member and front man of the multi-platinum hip-hop group Nappy Roots. The group was signed to Atlantic Records and released their first commercial project, “Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz,” in 2002.
“Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz” went multi-platinum. The album also earned the group two Grammy nominations: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Po' Folks" which featured Anthony Hamilton and Best Long Form Music Video for "The World According to Nappy.” The group was also nominated for American Music Awards, Soul Train Awards and an MTV VMA after the release of this album.
The group’s follow up project, “Wooden Leather,” went gold and featured production by top names such as Lil Jon, Kanye West and Raphael Saadiq. The group also teamed up with DJ Greg Street for the hit single Good Day. The group has been featured on several soundtracks to include Tom Hank’s “Lady Killer”, “The South Park Movie” and “Neighbors” to name a few.
Big v has been credited as the architect of several of the group’s biggest hits including “Po Folks” and “Aww Naw”. Hip Hop magazine XXL named Vito to their top ten rap voices list. V left the group in 2012 to concentrate on being a father but has recently decided that the time was right to return to music. His current promo single “When We Were Young” is a tribute to both his time in Nappy Roots and the trials of being a young parent. He is working on a solo EP to be released under his “Working Class” label and there are talks of a possible Nappy Roots reunion as well.
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