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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 need David badly I miss him so much I can't stop thinking about him I know that I think about him he think about me we dated 1 time e broke up because he thought that I like some one els but I don't like any one els I can't stop thinking about him every time I close my eyes I see him
I remember me and my ex song this song to me miss u baby come back
tboy3273
Eric you will always be "My Boo"
Love
Ride with me then i f**k u up lol
Great cross over from Nelly and tim
snap out of it!
Follow 4 Follow
jbarnette110
Batter up!
You are awesome dude ei
Move that body for me
Don't read this because it actually work you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love 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 so scary because it actually works
It was only just a dream!! I love u my king!!������
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He's alright
I like your songs Just A Dream
I. Like. This. Song
Nelly da s**t!!
I think he is nice person because he can sing like my best person who was it Arian grande because I love her so very much a Loss of time and every time in whole world.������
Love it
Nelly I hate YOU! Go f**k yourself b**ches!
This song be exactly what I'm feeling bout my Boo Bear. Your songs have hit me on so many different levels from bouncing in da strip club gettin hot in there to dreamin bout my Boo. Keep droppin dem rhymes bro you da s**t man
Say iPhone 5
Pick a color
Post this on 5 stations
Then.look under your pillow
Nelly is so fine ����
Love your music keep up great work
I aint picky.....ir WIFEY...LOL
brennatorres 9 2
Nelly is cute
No matter what I do all I do is think about you <3
on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life.Tommoro w will be the best day of your life. however if you dont post this you will day in 2 days. now hat you have started reading so dont stop. this so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so scary
4on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life.Tommoro w will be the best day of your life. however if you dont post this you will
I bet the song is awesome I came to play
This is not fake apparently if you copy and paste this on ten comments you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either be asked out or kissed if you break this chain you will see a little girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will either say I love your or I'm sorry.
Nelly saw u live before your really good and u made cruise better by Florida Georgia lin
Nelly u awesome u keep doing what u do man
Remembering those day ctfu
Nelly i love ya man keep doing what u do down south
I don't like nelly
Anyone don't like nelly is because they can't be like him so get lost an move on middle finger up. Did I just say that yes I did .oops. Ashanti did.
i dont like nelly
if you name is (arcosta702) you are just werid and nobody thinks your comment is ture cause its not
this song mad me cry (just kiding) why would ppl cry what babies
Say how you want your crush to ask u out.
Say a date.
Say I love (there name)
Post this on the same amount of songs as there are in their first name.
I'm listening to the song Just A Dream like the song
anthonysotel o 0 5
Nelly I am Anthony Noguera and I am 9 years old and I jest whant to say that I like your song by man I can't whate until the next song alright by man.
Nelly when u come back to the stloius I read a cimm they say u suck. U don't suck tell to kiss or a** & quite be ending a hater they mad because they not out there make money like u.lol our little sister teresse Murphy
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Where they at doe?
Nelly sucks
Hay I like this song
nickk39
awsome
A great song, with powerful lyrics
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