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Nelly

A savvy pop-rapper with crossover appeal, Nelly seemed like a novelty when he first debuted in 2000 with "Country Grammar (Hot...)," yet he was no one-hit wonder, consistently returning to the pop charts with smash hits like "Hot in Herre," "Grillz," and "Dilemma." His universality was partly rooted in his hometown -- the Gateway City, officially known as St. Louis, Missouri -- which set him apart from all of the prevailing rap styles of his time. He wasn't from the East or West Coast, nor was he from the South. Nelly's locale certainly informed his rapping style, which was both country and urban at the same time, as well as his dialect, which combined a Southern drawl with Midwestern twang. Plus, Nelly never shied away from a pop-rap approach, embracing a singalong vocal style that made his hooks catchier than most, thanks also in part to his standby producer, Jason "Jay E" Epperson. As a result, Nelly became a rapper capable of crossing practically all boundaries, from the Dirty South to MTV's Total Request Live and everything in between. His first hit, "Country Grammar (Hot...)," became a nationwide summer anthem in 2000, and many more smash hits followed during the remainder of the decade.

Born Cornell Haynes, Jr., on November 2, 1974, Nelly moved with his mother from downtown St. Louis to the slightly more suburban University City as a teen. There, he chiefly attended to baseball and rap, forming the St. Lunatics with a group of his peers (including Big Lee, Kyjuan, Murphy Lee, and City Spud). The St. Lunatics enjoyed a regional hit in 1996 with the self-produced single "Gimmie What You Got," but no recording deal was forthcoming. Frustrated with failed attempts to land a record deal as a group, the St. Lunatics collectively decided that Nelly would have a better chance as a solo act. The rest of the group could follow with solo albums of their own. The gamble paid off, and soon Nelly caught the attention of Universal, who signed him to a solo deal.

His debut album, Country Grammar (2000), featured contributions from the St. Lunatics as well as the Teamsters, Lil Wayne, and Cedric the Entertainer, and thanks to the widespread popularity of lead single "Country Grammar (Hot S**t)," Country Grammar debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 album chart, climbing to the top spot soon afterward. In addition to the Top Ten title track, Country Grammar spawned the hit singles "E.I.," "Ride wit Me," and "Batter Up." In the wake of Nelly's remarkable breakthrough success, he recorded a group album with the St. Lunatics, Free City (2001); released by Universal, the album charted in the Top Three and spawned a moderate hit, "Midwest Swing," which cracked the Billboard Hot 100 at number 88.

The following summer Nelly returned with his second album, Nellyville (2002), and lived up to his self-proclaimed billing as "#1" (i.e., the title of his 2001 hit from the Training Day soundtrack): Nellyville topped the Billboard album chart, while the Neptunes-produced lead single, "Hot in Herre," remained atop the singles chart. In all, Nelly impressively held the number one spot on ten different Billboard charts the week of Nellyville's release, and he remained a chart presence as he released a string of follow-up singles: "Dilemma" (a chart-topper), "Air Force Ones" (a Top Three hit), "Work It" (featuring Justin Timberlake), and "Pimp Juice" (the source of some controversy).

Even after Nellyville ran its course commercially, Nelly's hit streak continued unabated, with "Iz U" (from his stopgap remix album Derrty Versions [2003]) and "Shake Ya Tailfeather" (from the Bad Boys II [2003] soundtrack) keeping him in the spotlight while he readied his separately released double-disc Sweatsuit (2004) project (following the lead of OutKast and R. Kelly, who had both recently released very successful two-disc sets). Sweat and Suit were led by a pair of red-hot singles -- "Flap Your Wings" (a club jam) and "My Place" (a slow jam) -- and debuted at the top two spots on the Billboard 200 album chart. Follow-up singles included "Tilt Ya Head Back" (featuring Christina Aguilera), "Over and Over" (Tim McGraw), "Na-Na-Na-Na" (Jazze Pha), and "N Dey Say." Sweat and Suit were later bundled as Sweatsuit (2005), along with the new song "Grillz," itself a number one hit. The time between its release and that of Brass Knuckles (2008) was the longest Nelly went between albums to date, though he did collaborate frequently (with Ashanti, R. Kelly, and T.I., to name only a few) during the downtime. The star-studded 5.0 (2010) featured the singles "Just a Dream" (produced by Jim Jonsin) and "Move That Body" (produced by Dr. Luke and Max Martin, featuring Akon and T-Pain). His 2013 effort M.O. featured numerous tracks with Pharrell plus Nicki Minaj and Nelly Furtado, as guest stars. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi
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Comments

i love it your number 1#
So cute
HE IS GOOD
Nelly. You. ROCK
This Songs on the cheerios camercial
JUST A DREAM SO A TRAVELED BACK DOWN THAT ROAD ��
ciockeel
I love Nelly when I was little gril!!!!
Haven't heard this song in forever!! Love u Pandora and Nelly!! <3
:)
sandragalvez
It was only just a DREAM ^.^
He really talking bout the illuminati yeah he was popping at first then he fell off then gave dat booty up now he back on top don't always think that these rappers, singers talking bout relationship s all the time....
I heard this song when I was like 3
Kiss your left hand and say ur crush's name then say urs and say the day of the week. Post this on 6 songs and ur crush will ask u out.
I love u Nelly
Love just a dream :^>
i saw nelly at a bobcats game
FOLLOW FOR A FOLLOW
He's Amazing Perfect Song
Great Singer
I love Nelly
(-:
been a fan of Nelly all my life, First song I herd was Hot In Herre I think i was 3 :)
been a fan of Nelly all my life, First song I herd was Hot In Herre :)
I love Nelly
This is my jam
I love this song
Air Force ones :)
This s**t brings back so many money making day I had lol
Follow me nd i will follow bck
I think about it over and over again......�
Perfect Song
Great Singer
Love U Nielly♥
Follow me Back :)
Fallow me and I'll fallow you I promise
I love you Cornell!! :)
I love nell7yu
Song nvr gets old
Nelly!!!!!!! Where are you?!!!!!!!! ! ! !
Reminds me of the old days...����
beeldi4
Great song gonna do a mashup of this guitarr
1.Kiss your left hand
2.Say your crushes name
3.Pick a school day
4.Say your name
5.Repost this on 15 other songs and crush will say they like you or on that school day you picked
Hot in herre and country grammar... Yeah. Those were my jazz back in the day :D of course that's before I knew what all those words meant... 0:)
Here comes the.....BOOM ! ! ! ?
FOLLOW ME I WILL FOLLOW YOU!!!!!!!!
HOT IN HERR!
Follow me and I'll fallow you I promise
Love this song
amourj13
Dope beat(; Throwbackkk
Spam
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be missed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least five songs in 143minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
Don't read this because it actually works. You
will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by
the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best
day of your life. However if you don't post this
you will die in 2 days. Now you've started
reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this
on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done
press f6 and your lover's name will come on
the screen in big letters. This is so scary
because it actually works!
Nice song
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
Don't read this because it actually works. you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on. The screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
Nelly I love your song dilemma and I love your song just dream so all you people out there do you like nelly of you don,t like nelly songs you all are stuped I love you nelly love Ashley
Prom 06 baby haha
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