Gordon aka Nappy G aka G-Don arrived at Columbia in the fall of ’86 already an excellent percussionist committed to making music. Always up for the jam, he quickly found his way onto the stage with dreamspeak, who were often playing on campus. In the Spring of ’87, Gordon dropped out of Columbia, joined dreamspeak and moved to Long Island to live in the band house. In addition to becoming part of dreamspeak as a band member, Gordon is one of the Ogres and wherever he is, he keeps the home fires burning for his brother Ogres.
In the Spring of ’89, Gordon left dreamspeak to find other musical adventure. He quickly found himself a regular in the Giant Step Posse, and in 1990 helped form Groove Collective. In 1993, Steely Dan Producer Gary Katz negotiated the band’s signing to Reprise Records. The band would go on to chart with several singles and be nominated for a Grammy.
Groove Collective's musical style reflected the wide-ranging backgrounds and interests of its individual members. Commenting on the group's 1996 release, We the People, critic Michael Casey referred to the numerous influences at work in Groove Collective's sound, specifically the presence of Afro-pop, Latin jazz, hip-hop, and traditional jazz stylings. This mix is born of the members' varying influences, including bebop, funk, old-school hip-hop and classic soul.[2
After many years in NYC, Nappy G now calls Hamburg, Germany home. G is a producer, dj & long-time percussionist. A veteran frontman in his own right, Nappy G has shifted his energies & used his musical expertise to become a respected beatmaker & digital music composer, as well as video editor/director.
As a DJ, NAPPY G is known for his unique take on Latin rhythms & Afro-based sounds, flavored & accented by his deep history of Soul, Hiphop & Funk.
In 2011, he has created a new style of music that fuses these sounds & it’s called the “FUNKY PASSPORT” sound! This style brings together uptempo music (Tropicales, Latin House, Electro, Kuduro, Afro House, Bailefunk, Samba),mixes it with midtempo sounds (Moombahton,Funky Breaks,Bhangra,NuSoul), spices it up with rare traditional classic sounds from all over the globe (Reggae, Salsa, Cumbia, Souk, Rumba,Tropicalia, etc.) & turns up the heat with Global Hiphop from countries all over the world!
The FUNKY PASSPORT sound is feeding peoples’ souls & lighting up dancefloors everywhere NAPPY G plays