On the heels of the success of his breakout classic album Country Grammar, Nelly was one of the most popular artists in hip-hop. His popularity even stretched across industries, as the St. Louis rapper was featured in movies and television shows, and he even launched a clothing label or two.
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At a time when physical albums still sold and platinum plaques were regularly awarded, Nelly-Nel was truly living the life.
For all those people in the world that aren't Nelly however, and don't know what it felt like to be the 'E.I.'; hit-maker at the height of his hype, Nelly left a solid in-song description of what it is like to be him on the St. Lunatics' 2001 classic Free City album.
From 'Show 'em What They Won':
"What's it like being Nelly? Aye, let me break it down.
It's like a shootout and you the only n*gga with rounds,
It's like a weed drought and you the only n*gga with pounds,
It's like a Freaknik and you got the only rubbers in town.
I'm like a shoe-in, for the poster boy 'thug of the year',
GQ-style Ma, let me put a bug in your ear
Have 'em asking 'yo, how the hell he get a gun up in here?'
I can bring them chrome things for that drastic shit,
Metal detectors no problem got that plastic shit.
Witnesses: 'I ain't see 'em they had masks and shit,
Whoever it was was in a rush 'cuz they was fast and quick.'
Oh, I'm just a player Mo' these ain't my rules,
Peep game, I'm wearing Jordans, Summer these my shoes.
I'm like the heir to the throne, me and my niggas fast-break through your home,
Get your coach on the phone, temm 'em 'go'on.'"
I mean, sounds pretty good. A lot of advantages. Being the only one in a shootout with rounds seems as though it would be extremely advantageous, as does being the only one with rubbers at a 'freaknik.' Plus, if you had pounds in a weed drought you could always share with your friends, and then it's a good time for all.
While Nelly's popularity may have waned, no one can deny him his time at the top. Peep game.