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Out of the gate, the staying power of this breakout artist from the Midwest was underestimated by coastal critics, a naïve assumption that Nelly would easily overcome. Two years later, his sophomore album Nellyville established his widespread appeal, selling 6 million albums and earning him two Grammies for the singles "Hot in Herre" and "Dilemma."
The gateway to the Wild West, St. Louis has long struck a chord producing unforgettable talents that stand the test of time - Chuck Berry, Ike and Tina Turner and Miles Davis. For a generation raised with hip hop sensibilities, Nelly has taken the reigns as the residing voice, blending smooth Southern cadence and Midwestern inflection that ride easy over beats and infectious hooks. It's 2008 and with 35 million records sold, Nelly is one of the industry's top recording artists. Yet, he remains the voice of the tough town with heart. It's high time for Nelly to show and prove once again with his fifth studio album titled Brass Knuckles.
His track record is irrefutable -- there's the platinum-selling remix album Da Derrty Versions (The Reinvention) in 2003 and another Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group with "Shake Ya Tailfeather" a collaboration with Murphy Lee and P Diddy. Even in a more fickle market, he's still managed to score platinum on not one, but two albums Sweat and Suit released simultaneously in 2004. On Suit he challenged the formula for a hit record collaborating with country music icon Tim McGraw on the number one "Over & Over." This unique approach elevated him to four number one hits -- the most by a male artist in the Top 40 charts.
While Nelly was destined for solo stardom, he's a resolute team player who builds off those who've been there for the journey. He introduced the world to his group the St Lunatics including Ali, Murphy Lee, Kyjuan and Slo Down with the platinum album Free City in 2001. This released propelled solo careers, including Murphy Lee's platinum album Murphy's Law, released on Derrty Entertainment, Nelly's joint venture with Universal Records. The label is one of Nelly's business ventures.
Nelly remains an artist to the core, albeit one with an uncanny business savvy. His clothing lines for men and women Vokal and Apple Bottoms are sold in major department stores and his beverage, Pimp Juice (inspired by a hit song under the same name) has sold millions of units and been recognized by beverage industry as the "People's Choice" for best energy drink. He is a part owner of the NBA expansion team, the Charlotte Bobcats.
The sporting world is a natural fit for Nelly, who was a serious shortstop slugger for his suburban University City high school team, scouted by the Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves before music called. He came full circle to the field performing at Super Bowl XXXV and XXXVIII in 2001 and 2004. Most recently he opened Skybox, a St. Louis sports bar and grill and is putting together a multi-million dollar athletic facility.
Nelly, who is still an active athlete, relied on his training to ready himself for his major film debut in the "Longest Yard" starring alongside Burt Reynolds, Adam Sandler and Chris Rock. The film showed yet another talented side of Nelly, who held his own with the box-office stars.
Many artists lose themselves in the glare of stardom, but Nelly has remained true. Perhaps, that has to do with his roots in St. Louis - and the people who've been there for him.To date, nine lives have been saved by the foundations efforts to match donors.With so many ventures under his belt, how does Nelly find time for music? It's easy when you've got something to say and audience hungry to listen. Take a closer look at Nelly -- this summer the heat is still rising off the Mississippi.
|1. U Ain't Him feat. Rick Ross|
|2. Hold Up feat. LL Cool J and T.I.|
|3. LA feat. Snoop and Nate Dog|
|4. Long Night feat. Usher|
|5. Lie feat. St. Lunatics|
|6. Party People feat.Fergie|
|7. Self-Esteem feat. Chuck D|
|8. Body On Me feat. Akon and Ashanti|
|9. Stepped On My J'z feat. Ciara and JD|
|10. Let It Go Lil Momma feat. Pharrell One and Only|
|11. One And Only|
|12. Who F**ks w/ Me feat. Avery Storm|
|13. UCUD GEDIT feat. Gucci Mane and R. Kelly|
NELLY brings his A game with this Album. this is my fourth time buying it, because it is always stolen out of my car after I play it for someone who doubts Nelly. Read morePublished 13 months ago by MzDAy
This ones all about the lyrics. Aside from great riffs and a rockin' backbeat, Nelly plugs into some deep emotional states. Makes one feel it.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
This music is good for a hot date night..did not care for it during the day while driving because its not relaxing but at night with a date its awesome!Published 22 months ago by RG
The box is completed broken...the cd is ok but the box is going to the trash...its not a good way to sellPublished on March 27, 2013 by andre laires borges
Did I mention that I would be a professional Nelly stalker if I hadn't so much to do in my life??? This is amust have for any Nelly fans, each track is a hit and will sure to... Read morePublished on March 6, 2013 by Ghetto Lucy
I love Nelly, or I used to love Nelly, but hate him for having me waist my money on this terrible album. Hot cover, but that's about it!!!Published on October 1, 2009 by F. Reyes
In 2008, Nelly released "Brass Knuckles." Although it was a decent album, it didn't match previous efforts. Read morePublished on July 23, 2009 by M. Lindberg