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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: 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

9. Stepped On My J'z

10. Let It Go Lil Momma

11. Chill

12. Who F**Ks Wit Me

13. U Can Get It

14. Brass Knuckles_track_14

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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 (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: 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: 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: 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: Hey Porsche (Single)

1. Hey Porsche

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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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Love this music
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Me too
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I love old r & b music ! Brings me back to my childhood! ��
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Don't stop this is freaky! But if you read this and ignore it you will get bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so creepy
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luckytarheel 7
#1
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Straight heat summer time burner 618 east st.Louis!!!! ! ! !
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✌️❤️
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Great work
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*beacuse
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Don't read this beaches it don't work. That's how I feel about that crap ������
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I've loved this song ever since I first heard it because It's great and I heard this song like 7 years ago
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i luv all of ur songs they are great
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Over and over was my song when I was little
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Best song !
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nelly is great but i probubly just think that because i love 2000s rap/hip hop
:)
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I am number one , two is not a winner n three nobody remembers ; #1
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Your song over and over helped me through a tough time
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gin_freedom0 6
Your song the Fix is awesome I listen to it alot.
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Uno
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Look if this is true you lost a girl or your wife it's okay you will get though this I promise I love you well as a singer and friend
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Anyone want to rp
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I love you sooooooooooo o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o much sooooooooooo o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o good singer ever see you like that sooooooooooo o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o good night guys have sweet dream about you my favorite singer
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Dont read this or you will be kissed on the nearest friday by the love of your life. Now youve started reading.
This is so freaky but you read this and ignore you will have bad luck
Put this on 15songs in 143min when your dobe press the spacebar and your crushes name will appear in big letters tis isso creapy it actually works
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Love this song nely
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Whole top diamond n bottom all gold Grillz
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Early 2000's! Give me 2 pair ...U only need 2 pair bc after a week u get creases ! Lol the only problem be they only good for one night !
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You look like my friends name is Isaiah my friend from ABhigh high school close to my ALS A sooooooooooo o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o cutting sooooooooooo o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o bad
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My guinea pig is named after u + she jumps when I put one of your songs on
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Say iPhone 5 time. Pick a color. Post this on 5 other songs the look under your pillow..
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I like the song grillz
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Nelly slung that hard in the hood, and probably got high on his own supply at times. Lol
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Im 12 and i luv his songs
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I love your songs and your hot
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U da greatest
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Nice and cool
Excellent
Lucky
Looking awesome
You da best singer ever
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My mom thinks u hot
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I love your song the fix
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Tag und
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I love your song the fix and the picture 4 the album I am Madison I am 9
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I love you sooooooooooo o o o o much
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Say ariana 5 times
Clap 3 times
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Check your voice
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Nelly i loveeeeeeeee e e u so much i dream about u all the time����❤���
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I love you nelly
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Just saying
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laurenda2
Bigginfla sorry to say this but that was soooooo rude
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why does just a dream like nelly effect me so much... she betrayed me and i still love her.... what the f**k is wrong with me :/ :C :'C
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virtuous1anh o l y
Your so cute plus I heard it so much
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