Artist of the day: Vito Banga
Banga, also known as Big V, recently left the Bowling Green, Ky., rap group and relocated to Tampa Bay, where he recorded his first solo project, a seven-song album titled 2 Real 2 Be Hard. The album contains plenty of the genre experimentation that made Nappy Roots — see the voodoo-bayou thump of Girls and the half-growled sex-’em-up ballad Live As Hell — with a noticeably harder edge.
“As with most things in life, there comes a pivotal moment when you realize it is time for a change,” Banga said in a statement announcing his departure from the group. “There are different seasons in life. And although I will always cherish the times I spent with my brothers (in Nappy Roots) and all of the memories and music we made together, I believe I am moving into an exciting new season; a season to focus on my solo career. ... As individuals, sometimes we must follow our instincts, experiment with our own ideas. Over the years I have developed my own unique sound, and I am thrilled to finally be able to share it with the world.”
As for Nappy Roots, they’ll perform at 8 p.m. July 27 at the State Theatre. Tickets are $13-$15. Click here.