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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...)," 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. Nellyville, a BET reality series, started airing in November 2014. "The Fix," featuring Jeremih, came the following year and was his 27th single to appear on the Hot 100. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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Selected Discography

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Track List: M.O. (Explicit)

1. Get Like Me

2. Give U Dat

3. Rick James

4. Heaven

5. Maryland, Massachusetts

6. 100K

7. All Around The World

8. Idgaf

9. U Know U Want To

10. My Chick Better

11. Walk Away

12. Headphones

13. Ciroc & Simply Lemonade

14. Hey Porsche

15. Shake Whatever

16. Mos Focused

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Track List: 5.0 (Deluxe Version) (Explicit)

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Track List: Brass Knuckles (Explicit)

1. U Ain't Him

2. Hold Up

3. La

4. Long Night

5. Lie

6. Party People

7. Self Esteem

8. Body On Me

11. Chill

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Track List: Sweatsuit (Explicit)

1. Play It Off

2. My Place

3. Over And Over

4. Flap Your Wings

5. Pretty Toes

6. She Don't Know My Name

7. Nobody Knows

8. Heart Of A Champion

9. Na-Nana-Na

10. Getcha Getcha

11. River Don't Runnn

12. Playa

13. N Dey Say

14. Fly Away

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Track List: Suit (Explicit)

1. Play It Off (feat. Pharrell Williams)

2. Pretty Toes (feat. Jazze Pha & T.I.)

3. My Place (feat. Jaheim)

4. Paradise

5. She Don't Know My Name (feat. Snoop Dogg & Ron Isley)

6. N Dey Say

7. Woodgrain And Leather Wit A Hole

8. In My Life (feat. Avery Storm & Mase)

9. Over And Over

10. Nobody Knows (feat. Anthony Hamilton)

11. Die For You

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Track List: Sweat (Explicit)

1. Heart Of A Champion

2. Na-NaNa-Na

3. Flap Your Wings

4. American Dream

5. River Don't Runnn

6. Tilt Ya Head Back

7. Grand Hang Out

8. Getcha Getcha

9. Another One

10. Spida Man

11. Playa

12. Down In Da Water

13. Boy

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Track List: Da Derrty Versions: The Reinvention (Explicit)

1. Intro

2. Country Grammar (Reinvention) (feat. E-40)

3. Iz U (Reinvention)

4. E.I. (Reinvention)

5. Ride Wit Me (Reinvention) (feat. City Spud)

6. Batter Up (Reinvention) (feat. Murphy Lee, Ali, Chocolate Tai, King Jacob, Prentiss Church & Tru)

7. If (Reinvention)

8. Hot In Herre (Reinvention)

9. Dilemma (Reinvention) (feat. Kelly Rowland & Ali)

10. Kings Highway (Reinvention)

11. Groovin' Tonight (Reinvention) (feat. Brian McKnight, Ali & City Spud)

12. Air Force Ones (Reinvention) (feat. David Banner & Eightball)

13. Work it (Reinvention) (feat. Justin Timberlake)

14. #1 (Reinvention) (feat. Clipse & Postaboy)

15. Pimp Juice (Reinvention) (feat. Ron Isley)

16. E.I. (The Tipdrill Remix) (feat. St Lunatics)

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Track List: Country Grammar (Explicit)

1. Intro

2. St. Louie

3. Greed, Hate, Envy

4. Country Grammar (Hot...)

5. Steal The Show

6. Interlude

7. Ride Wit Me

8. E.I.

9. Thicky Thick Girl

10. For My

11. Utha Side

12. Tho Dem Wrappas

13. Wrap Sumden

14. Batter Up

15. Never Let 'Em C U Sweat

16. Luven Me

17. Outro

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Track List: Body On Me (Radio Single)

1. Body On Me

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Track List: Die A Happy Man (Single)

1. Die A Happy Man

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Track List: Hey Porsche (Single)

1. Hey Porsche

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Track List: Just A Dream (Radio Single)

1. Just A Dream

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Track List: Nellyville (Explicit)

1. Nellyville

2. Gettin' It Started

3. Hot In Herre

4. Dem Boyz

5. Oh Nelly

6. Pimp Juice

7. Air Force Ones

8. In The Store

9. On The Grind

10. Dilemma

11. Splurge

12. Work It

13. Roc The Mic (Remix)

14. The Gank

15. 5000

16. #1

17. CG2

18. Say Now

19. F**k It Then

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Track List: Party People (Radio Single) (Explicit)

1. Party People

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Track List: Stepped On My J'z (Radio Single) (Explicit)

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Track List: The Champ (Single)

1. The Champ

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Track List: The Fix (Single) (Explicit)

1. The Fix (Feat. Jeremih)

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Track List: Tip Drill (Radio Single)

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Track List: Wadsyaname (Radio Single)

1. Wadsyaname

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I love this song. I listened to it when I broke up with my gf
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is it just me or is it getting hot in here?
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Say iPhone 5 times and pick up a colored post and look under you bed
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lindsie aleman Hi sweet hat love do you life
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I love you Nelly and hope that someday you will be my husband
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I dont think u know what your talking about how u know the song lol lol
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This is an amazing song it is my favorite song tied in with Airplanes and Battle Scars but I know this song by heart
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Say iPhone 5 times
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Then look under your pillow
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It's nice song. One my favorite. ��
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I LIKE PIPIII
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ei ei aooo
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Wanna make an extra $20? Jes have a seat on my laptop! Ur welcome
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#savenelly
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I love just a dream
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Just A Dream
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single and looking for a strong man who can hold me tight at night (;
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Dilemma
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Im bored hbu
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You like a ,,,,,,,,,,,, , , , , , , a sitch
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Love this song
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Don't read this you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. But if you ignore you will have bad luck.put this on 15 songs in the next 143 minutes when done press the space bar and your chrushes name will be on the screen this actually works
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Love him so much all my heat ������
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"Die A Happy Man" Brings back memories... :) good and bad
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I love your songs�������
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Just A Dream
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Ridn' Solo its great love this song I'm listening to it now��❤
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Have you hear candy shop sitch
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YouTube/Mala t o faction turn it up
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My Baby Nelly ����
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It was suggested.FO R MY "When your SUN returns"(Bir t h d a y ) . T o enjoy that time .IN THE MOUNTAINS.
......i shall take that suggested being VALID....... . . . .
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I party to this song
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Use to party with this song
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Sitch YOUR head because im
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Nelly is a great singer
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Swag song lol xD
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Sexxy bich
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Best rapper since 2000
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4 real
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Haha Nelly your funny and kinda hot
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I love you and I need you.....��(d i l e m m a ) by nelly......❤ . . . . . d e d i c a t i o n to my boyfriend ....baby I love you so much...somet i m e s your a pain in the a** sometimes... . . .
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Best rapper since 2000
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Just a dream
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Sex jk I don't have orgasms my friend does
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I like to watch porn and sexy and have orgasms
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It was only just a dream. Nice title. Love this song :)
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