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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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FOLLOW claire5860 and don't forget to follow me
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50!
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This song make me feel better when I don't realy feel happy.
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One word SEXY....
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I love u Rocky.
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All I do is think of u Rocky.
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Grillz is my jam all day
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Who is a adult
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Hi nelly
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Can't wait to see Nelly in concert in June love you Nelly
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Nelly I love you you need to come down to the big island in Hawaii cause das were I'm at
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Kiss your hand 10 times and post this on two other songs and look at your hands
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Follow my please
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FOLLOW ME PLEASE
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Still HITTING!!!#1 SONGS
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Love ����������
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Don't read this because it actually works you will be kissed on the nearest Fri by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of you life. However if you don't post this on 5 songs you will die in 2 days. Now that your reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on at least 5 songs in 143 min. and when your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so scary because it actually work
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Don't read this because it actually works you will be kissed on the nearest Fri by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of you life. However if you don't post this on 5 songs you will die in 2 days. Now that your reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on at least 5 songs in 143 min. and when your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so scary because it actually work
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Love you Nelly☺
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Everytime i close my eyes its all in our head always do what makes u happy and healthy�� think about it over and over again get it write yvette !��peace✌& �� love :)
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This actully works!!! Read one of the "Dont read this because it actually works" comments, do nothing it tells you and you'll be fine days later.
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Any time I hear this song it reminds me of my father
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I love just a dream. Every time I listen to it, I think it's a great way to end the day.
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ok
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I love this song because it was in pitch perfect and I just love this songbook when ever I hear this song I remember pitchperfect
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I love my man Nelly I listen to hem ever day I got he hole albums
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Dioceses music
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Nelly is the baddest rapper ever
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Love it .I listen ever time
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Lol$$$$$$$$$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
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Nelly is one of my FAVORITE people e'errrrrrrrr ! And his song 'Just a Dream' is just- It's just bae. Thank you Nelly for not being a one-hit wonder. I love you.
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I love this song nd Nelly xoxo
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Love it ! Nelly an Tim mcgraw r badass on this song
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My favorite song of nelly
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Love hearing Play Hard by David Guetta
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One of my favorite song
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I luv Nelly and his show wit his family i luv Nellyville
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Love this song
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Hot ��
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SO DAMN SEXY!
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This actually works!!!! You will be kissed by the love of your life if you put this on 5 songs but is you don't you will die in two days you have 143 mins when you are done type f6 and lovers name will come up on your screen it actually works!!!!!!!
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Neely you the ! Love oxox up
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I LOVE YOUR SHOW NELLY VILLE AND THE SONG DIEMMA
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Sweet
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