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Cody Chesnutt is an American musician of Jamaican descent from Atlanta, Georgia, whose music blends elements of rock, funk, soul, hip-hop, and blues. Chesnutt and his former band, The Crosswalk, had a brief stint with Hollywood Records in which they were later booted from the label. The band subsequently broke up and Chesnutt released a double LP in 2002 entitled The Headphone Masterpiece, which was recorded on a 4-track cassette recorder in his bedroom recording studio, which he calls "The Sonic Promiseland".

His closest brush with mainstream success came in 2002, when the hip-hop group The Roots remade a song from his album, "The Seed", for their album, Phrenology. The remade version was entitled "The Seed (2.0)" to distinguish it from Chesnutt's original version. Chesnutt plays guitar and sings vocals on the track, and appears in its music video, which received heavy airplay on MTV and BET. At the height of his popularity, Chesnutt's backing band consisted of drummer Craig Waters, now with the band The Bellrays, and bassist Aaron Ebensperger. In October 2003, Cody Chesnutt was nominated for the prestigious Shortlist Award, and performed in the ceremony for the prize at The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA.

In 2006, Chesnutt appeared in the music documentary "Dave Chappelle's Block Party", which was originally recorded in September of 2004.

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