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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: Die A Happy Man (Single)

1. Die A Happy Man

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Track List: The Fix (Feat. Jeremih) (Single) (Explicit)

1. The Fix (Feat. Jeremih)

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Track List: The Fix (Single) (Explicit)

1. The Fix (Feat. Jeremih)

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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: Heaven (Single)

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Track List: Hey Porsche (Single)

1. Hey Porsche

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Track List: Hey Porsche (Clean Version) (Single)

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Track List: M.O.

1. Get Like Me (feat. Nicki Minaj & Pharrell)

2. Give U Dat (feat. Future)

3. Rick James (feat. T.I.)

4. Heaven (feat. Daley)

5. Maryland, Massachusetts

6. 100k (feat. 2 Chainz)

7. All Around The World (feat. Trey Songz)

8. IDGAF (feat. Pharrell Williams & T.I.)

9. U Know U Want To

10. My Chick Better (feat. Fabolous & Wiz Khalifa)

11. Walk Away (feat. Florida Georgia Line)

12. Headphones (feat. Nelly Furtado)

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Track List: Hey Porsche

1. Hey Porsche

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Track List: The Champ (Single)

1. The Champ

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Track List: 5.0

1. I'm Number 1 (feat. Baby & DJ Khaled)

2. Long Gone (feat. Chris Brown & Plies)

3. She’s So Fly (feat. T.I.)

4. Just A Dream (Main)

5. Making Movies

6. Move That Body (feat. Akon & T-Pain)

7. 1000 Stacks

8. Gone (feat. Kelly Rowland)

9. Don’t It Feel Good

10. Broke (feat. Yo Gotti & Sophie Greene)

11. Liv Tonight (feat. Keri Hilson)

12. Nothing Without Her

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Track List: 5.0 (Deluxe Version) (Explicit)

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Track List: Just A Dream (Radio Single)

1. Just A Dream

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

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Track List: Body On Me (Radio Single)

1. Body On Me

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Track List: 6 Derrty Hits

1. Country Grammar

2. Ride Wit Me

3. Hot In Herre

5. Dilemma

6. Party People

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Track List: Party People (Radio Single)

1. Party People

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

1. Party People

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Track List: Wadsyaname (Radio Single)

1. Wadsyaname

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Track List: Sweatsuit

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

15. Grillz

16. Tired

17. Nasty Girl

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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: Sweat

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: 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: Suit

1. Play It Off

2. Pretty Toes

3. My Place

4. Paradise

5. She Don't Know My Name

6. N Dey Say

7. Woodgrain And Leather Wit A Hole

8. In My Life

9. Over And Over

10. Nobody Knows

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: Da Derrty Versions - The Reinvention

1. Intro

2. Country Grammar (Da Derrty Version)

3. Iz U (Da Derrty Version)

4. E.I. (Da Derrty Version)

5. Ride Wit Me (Da Derrty Version)

6. Batter Up (Da Derrty Version)

7. If (Da Derrty Version)

8. Hot In Herre (Da Derrty Version)

9. Dilemma (Da Derrty Version)

10. King's Highway (Da Derrty Version)

11. Groovin Tonight (Da Derrty Version)

12. Air Force Ones (Da Derrty Version)

13. Work It (Da Derrty Version)

14. #1 (Da Derrty Version)

15. Pimp Juice (Da Derrty Version)

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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. **** It Then

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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: Country Grammar

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: Tip Drill (Radio Single)

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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However, if you don't do this you will be seriously injured but you will not die in the next two days. Now that you've started reading this don't stop. Post this on 5 other songs within the next 143 minutes. When your done press F6 and your lover's name will appear in big bold letters on the screen. This is so scary it actually works.
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If u ever love somebody puts ur hands up *puts my hands up*
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I love this song!I sing it everyday❤️
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Nelly❤
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Lsospswo
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Please don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Don't ignore or you'll get bad luck. Put this on 15 other songs in 144 minutes. When done push space bar and your crush's name will appear on the screen
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F6
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed in the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post you will be injured(will not die) in 2 days now you start reading don't stop! Post on or a least one to five different songs in the next 143 minutes when your done press f6. All in fun
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured(bu t won't die) in two days now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least five other songs in the next 143 minutes when your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen with big letter this is so scary because it actually works
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love all his songs✨❤✨✨✨❣️
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Ride Wit Me
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Ride Wit Me
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Dilemma
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Just A Dream
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❤️❤️❤️❤️️ I got rid of pandora ads/skip limit on www.dankprom o . x y z ❤❤️❤️️❤️
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Ride Wit Me
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Over and Over... Nice! Great Combo. I love me some Nelly.
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Dilemma
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Just A Dream
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Nice
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured(bu t won't die) in two days now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least five other songs in the next 143 minutes when your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen with big letter this is so scary because it actually works
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Just A Dream
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Say iPhone 5x
Post on 5 other stations and look under your pillow the next day
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. No that you've started reading this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you ignore this you will have bad luck. Post this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When you r done press the space bar Andy your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works.
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Man u the bast Nelly. Because i keep singing a song over again over that song i love it
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I am so feeling this track now ! Even when I'm with my boo ? U know I'm crazy over you! My dilemma
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Don't read this you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Now that you've started reading this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs within the next 143 minutes when you're done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on your screen. This is so freaky it actually works!
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H i
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! I am a little bit n bit of a new one of the day of g g convincing the world and the bbgfg
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Mgmvkmghjhhh g j g j g k y g j g h h g g h
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Say iPhone 5 times
Say a color
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Look under ur pillow
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Nelly is my husband!!!!� � My mom and I love Nelly soooooo much!!!!����
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Love nelly
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This is so cool the song I rather sing to a girl
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I love Ride Wit Me
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Don't read this you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Now that you've started reading this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs within the next 143 minutes when you're done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on your screen. This is so freaky it actually works!
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you have been reading this, don't stop. If you ignore it you will have bad luck. Post this on 15 other songs in 143 minutes. When you are done and you press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on your screen. It's freaky because it actually works
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But the S p u r s have been the BEST team in the last 20 years
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Between this & Paul Wall
I just had 2 getz me sumzN '06.....
..w.g./D& r.g./b.D
Was in San Antonio...R I v e r W a l k ...
While the Mavs were beating the Spurs...
TOLD THE OWNER OF DENNY'S(DNTN ) "IF/WHEN THE MAVS W I N....I'M GONNA B DANCIN' N ur M*TH*R F*C*IN' CITY"(had bet alot just on that 1 game of series ...we bet the T a b of everyone there...that came in that 1 hour...even sum S.A.fans were like F* that...then they heard they @ least eat free***hedge ur bet ...tha SAs d
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you have been reading this don't stop. If you ignore it you will have bad luck. Post this on 15 other songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on your screen. It's freaky cause it actually works
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He stole the song from Thomas Rhett
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I love this song
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I love that song wild cats forever and this one 2
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Upu can sing and rap and I'm ur biggest fan and I watch real husband of Hollywood
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It was only just a DREAAAAAAAAA M M M M M M ! ! ! . ! ! ! !
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Open my eyes
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WHAT WE GONNA BEEEEEEEEEEE E ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Thinking bout us
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Thinking bout me
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Thinken bout her
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