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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

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: 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: 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: 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

Comments

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I'm listening to E.I. by Nelly
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Is this the real Nelly
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Kiss your hand 5 times then look under you pillow
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hardiehome9
This is Thomas Rhett's song
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This is a country song
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Love Nelly!! This song never gets old!!
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lrbarrientos
Don't read this.you will be kissed by the love of your life into nearest Friday.tommo r o w will be the best day of your life.now that you are reading This don't stop or you will have bad luck post this on 15 songs in the next 143 minutes press the space the space bar and you crushes name will appear
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Hice
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Don't read this. You'll be kissed by the live of your life on the nearest Friday since you already started reading this post this on 15 other songs in 143 min or else you'll have bad luck when your done press the space bar and your crushes name will spear in big letters it's so creepy because it actually works
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Love me some Nelly since I was a teen .this song is great happy he still going strong ..
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It sounds like a country song but I love country songs.








































































































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Christina Grimme sung this in a duet with Sam Tsui. I can't listen to it with out thinking about her
RIP Christina
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This song is also sung by Thomas Rhett... so technically he stole it... idk but Thomas sang it way better... my opion
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Ride wit me ;)
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Kiss your hand 10 times. Say your crushes name then your crush will ask you out. Make sure they are love songs ;) I'm trying it out.
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Just a dream
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❤❤❤❤
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You don't know what you mean to me
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lindsie.alem a n
Just A Dream
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It was only just a dream..... ❤
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anabassett
Your music is the bomb
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Iphone iphone iphone iphone iphone green
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Jarret baber Heather
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Jarret baber MlissaE
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lindsie.alem a n
Just A Dreams
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I �� your songs
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I❤️ ride wit me/just a dream/countr y grammar
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raechelle.be n n e t t
batter up is the greatest song ever ������������
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Alamin
Tuesday
Saniya
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lindsie.alem a n
Dilemma
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Love the song Just a Dream ������������
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lindsie.alem a n
Just A Dream
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I lllllllloooo o v v v v v v e e e e e e it
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lindsie.alem a n
Dilemma
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lindsie.alem a n
Just A Dream
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Smoke a l. ( a lid )
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I �� your songs
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lindsie.alem a n
Just A Dream
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-_- this isn't even his song.... I hate it when artist do this... although I do like Nelly or at least some of his songs...
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michellerlay n e
I love your songs
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I love it so much
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I love it
Just a dream
I miss you my ex with that song ����
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lindsie.alem a n
Just A Dream
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PLZ DONT CRY
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Nelly songs make me said because they remind me of my dad who I haven't seen in a year. :( almost crying
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lindsie.alem a n
Just A Dream
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Don't try it works
1.kiss your left hand
2.say your crushes name
3.close your hand
4.pick a school day
5.say your name
post this on 5 other songs and your crush will ask you out
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K
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OMG LOVE YOUR SONG JUST A DREAM SO MUCH!!!!! ������������
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john_etta
Ride Wit Me
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