N.A.P. – Straight Out The Nappy City (1996)

Download N.A.P. – Straight Out The Nappy City


1. Friend Or Foe*
2. Raid*
3. Out Hustl’n*
4. Parlay’n*
5. Rain Sleet Or Snow*
6. Weekend Ho*
7. Out Hustl’n (radio version)*

*My favorite tracks

Are YOU down with N.A.P.?  Drew, aka Mr. Exclusive, from Fake Shore Drive, has blessed me with this classic 1996 album from Indianapolis rap group, N.A.P. I didn’t live in the Indy area until around 2001, so I have no recollection of these guys. But Drew (who grew up in Indiana) said this record had “a buzz bigger than insects in Texas” (© ‘Ye) in the mid-90’s.

He said it might be “too gangsterish” for me, but despite my affinity for the left-of-center/conscious MC’s, I don’t shy away from classic 90’s gangster ish. No one can deny that Ant Banks sound (which this record has a lot of… heavy West Coast influence).

I need to talk to Top Speed and other longtime pillars of the Indy scene to find out more info. Rusty (of the Mudkids) concurred that this was a huge record in the city, but didn’t know any of them personally. From my research, it looked like they released two other albums, Tales From The Crooked I (1995) and Nappy City Heavyweights (2002), which had the big fella Haystak featured on it… remember him?  Can’t find a download link for either of the other albums, however.

Buy it

1. Nappy city heavyweights [DJ Dev]
2. One tyme [Steve Huff]
3. Freak tonight [Chris Kelly]
4. Crush pillow seats – w/Haystak [L-Juan, Lil Muny, C-Rocc]
5. Foes [Steve Huff]
6. Gett’n by [Steve Huff]
7. They come with game [Chris Kelly]
8. On display [DJ Dev]
9. Weekend ho [Steve Huff]
10. Let’s get this $$$ [Steve Huff]
11. Summer tyme [Chris Kelly]
12. Huckle buck [Chris Kelly]
13. Never ending game [Steve Huff]
14. The letter [Chris Kelly]
15. Who am I, who are you [DJ Dev]
16. Nappy city heavyweights (remix) [DJ Dev]

If anyone has more info about N.A.P., let me know.


24 Responses to “N.A.P. – Straight Out The Nappy City (1996)”

  1. 1 dizzy3413 02/12/2009 at 4:01 pm

    Duuuuuuuuuuuuuude, me and Jimmy aka Vitamin D used to play this fucking CD like it was our jobs. I really don’t know how to explain the buzz these dudes had around here… It honestly made us feel so gangster cuz we were from Indianapolis, or a town close to it. I have been looking for this album since all my cds were stolen in the infamous 2003 Capitol Street Burglary (wikipedia that shit)… best post yet Romer.


  2. 2 Andrew Barber 02/12/2009 at 4:04 pm


    This was my shit before I even had a drivers license. I searched high and low for a copy (mine was stolen at some point in high school) and it wasn’t until recently when someone uploaded it to the internets was I able to revisit this opus.

    “Friend of Foe” is my favorite. I wonder if they “still live off Post Road”

  3. 3 dizzy3413 02/12/2009 at 4:18 pm

    This cd won’t download fast enough, damn it! I want it now!

  4. 4 dizzy3413 02/12/2009 at 4:21 pm

    P.S. You should upload all the Mudkids albums you stole from me you clepto!

  5. 5 eromedome22 02/12/2009 at 5:03 pm

    Easy now… you only let me “borrow” Higher. Don’t make it plural.

  6. 6 thegrip 02/12/2009 at 5:25 pm

    I’m downloading it when I get home. I’ve been lookin’ for some 1996 Indy shit for a minute!

  7. 7 Rusty 02/12/2009 at 6:22 pm

    Huh-uh…I didn’t know them when it was out. In fact, I do know all those cats now. I got very familiar with them when I was working at Rockin’ Billy’s. The CD was EVERYWHERE. There was a time when N.A.P. and House Of Villains were inescapable in the Nap! Their reunion show last year was great and if you get a chance to see them, I suggest you go and do so.

    and right on to Dizzy for turning you onto ‘Higher’…don’t you dare upload any of our joints. We just got the rights back and all the stuff is on iTunes. Get your own!

  8. 8 eromedome22 02/12/2009 at 6:26 pm

    Haha… wouldn’t even think to do such a thing, per our conversation a few weeks ago. Everyone go buy Higher on iTunes! Classic album, timeless, and without geographic limitations.

  9. 9 Andrew Barber 02/12/2009 at 6:49 pm

    @ Rusty,

    Do these guys even have a myspace or anything? I had no idea there was even a reunion show, either. I’ve tried to do research and…nothing.

    But yeah, in Indy there wasn’t much else besides N.A.P. and Mudkids that really had a stronghold on the scene.

    I forgot about H.O.V. (House of Villains)

    I remember when N.A.P. finally got some shine in the Source in their regional section, or whatever…it had to have been in the early 00’s. Too bad they were incorrectly labeled as being from “Indianapolis, IA”. Treated.

    I didn’t know Iowa had an Indy too.

  10. 10 MetroGnome 02/13/2009 at 9:50 pm

    Oh yes, I remember this quite well. I actually had the tape. Dunno where it is now but it was a hit at Pike for sure. I am still known to drop “Weekend Ho” or “Parlayin” occasionally, and it almost always causes people to go into a fucking frenzy (if they were up on it then). Good shit Romer!

  11. 11 Hellsfortune 04/22/2009 at 4:43 am

    MAN!! I have lived in Indy my whole life. There is nothing like N.A.P. This is group was so…real! Damn near everybody that grew up in Indianapolis (threw the mid 90’s)knows NAP. Way ahead of there time.After I download this I wont listen to anything else!But how come everyone in Indy had this CD stolen(me included)and no one has it now?….Thanx for the Hook Up!!

    NAP 4 LIFE

  12. 12 Mr. ROUSH 05/21/2009 at 3:03 pm

    Yo, I have scoured the internet in search of this album for many years.. thanks very much for supplying this download link.. I saw N.A.P. in Evansville, IN when they opened up for 8Ball & MJG .. a gang war almost popped off right in the middle of their show, and big blue nearly jumped off the stage to take care of business.. it settled down and was such an excellent show.. we’ve always wondered why they didn’t blow up bigger than life seeing as how their songs are classic.. to me it’s right up there with other albums in 96 like UGK ridin dirty and of course All Eyez On Me. Thanks again.. long live N.A.P.

    come check out Sic1Eight and Mr. ROUSH http://www.myspace.com/mrroush

    much love!

  13. 13 Josh Weger 05/21/2009 at 8:21 pm

    I’m from Southern Illinois and graduated high school in 1997. Somehow me and my friends got word of NAP and all got our hands on their Nappy City album. Incredible, groundbreaking work. I saw NAP live twice – when they opened for Eightball & MJG at the Vanderburgh Auditorium in Evansville, IN in 1995 and when they opened for Mack 10 at the RCA Dome in Indy in 1996 (the night Bone didn’t show up and caused a minor riot after the concert). NAP is still one of my all-time favorite groups to this day! I know NAP a big influence on the current big name underground act out of southern Illinois, Sic1Eight, and their leader, Mr Roush. Check out http://www.myspace.com/sic1eight and http://www.myspace.com/mrroush!

  14. 14 chad 07/19/2009 at 2:12 pm

    now each n every mornin i wake up blazin hay .. & each n every mornin befoe i leave da crib i pray… …. now im rollin 60 down post watch my daytons move…… classic ish…. ery’body rep it…..

  15. 15 MIC SOL 08/04/2009 at 5:46 pm

    Hell yes, good luck. Lost this CD back in like 97.

  16. 16 MIC SOL 08/04/2009 at 5:47 pm

    good look i meant.

  17. 17 Jay Neal 09/11/2009 at 12:40 pm

    I remember buying this album (from Rusty, lol) at Rockin’ Billies in ’96. N.A.P. was hittin’ in every car on the eastside back then. I remember driving to Arlington for school listening to this joint. ahhh, memories!

  18. 18 Rick 09/14/2009 at 5:01 pm

    “Don’t go to the Post. The road is like the ghetto. I be walkin shady with my finger on my metal.”

    Never had the cd, but my best friend did. I don’t know what songs we used to listen to or even which album he had, but I want to get my hands on it. Haven’t heard it since high school. I’m gonna have to hit up this download tonight after work.

  19. 19 Troy 09/28/2009 at 2:09 am

    I got Nappy city heavyweights, Somewhere… lol

    But “N.A.P. – Straight Out The Nappy City” takes me back.
    my mom x boyfriend played N.A.P And Sing along to it in are shoe box size house when i was in grade school. used to drive me crazy. i wanted to break that cd he kept the thing on repeat for hours. lol.

    From time to time that guy comes to me asking if i can burn him a copy. he to this day don’t know how to take care of CDs he keeps breaking them. he seems so weird looking at his age playing this music. but its the stuff you loved when you where young that stick with you like a bill collector. lol

  20. 20 free 12/02/2009 at 11:18 pm

    im try n to cop that ol hous of villians cd from like 96’…any1?

  21. 21 Jennifer 12/07/2009 at 5:16 pm

    Hey i am from CA and i ahve trying to find a copy of nappy city heavyweights… my friends from Indy say its impossible… any help? please?

  22. 22 Broke-n-Down 06/29/2010 at 3:58 pm

    we used to bump NAP on the southwest side all summer in 96 thru 97 and everyone was like “yo i know them dudes and thats my cousin” lol knowin they was lying there was also a group called Broke-n-Down a bunch of white dudes that was coming up then to only had a couple of cuts then but i think they are still around they had some tight ish to.

  23. 23 Rated-R 07/12/2010 at 2:43 am

    N.A.P is still around…They pretty much all split up though but “Capone” aka Melvin The Martian who was one of the original members of the group is about to take the city to a whole new level on the production side of the game..I don’t know if he was responsible for their biggest hit “Out Hustlin” or not but I fucks wit him everyday and he produced a couple of tracks on my album that you can listen to on myspace.com/indianarapstar..I also did a track with another original member C-Rocc who’s about to drop his album real soon so look out…Capone has started his own label U.F.O Muzik Group..You can go on Indyrap.com and get a update on Capone and find out what he’s up to.

  24. 24 rick wilkerson 04/02/2011 at 3:23 pm

    Just found some original sealed copies of Nappy City Heavyweights CD. Contact me via my website, http://www.indianavinyl.com, if you need one.

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