Saturday, October 15, 2011

Nelly fights for his Street Cred

By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer

Many rappers dream of having the type of success Nelly has had over the past decade and a year. Very few artists, of any genre, have topped Billboard as many times as Nelly. While being on the top of the charts is an incredible feat, rappers usually end up switching up to do so. Nelly, unlike most chart-topping rappers has not been accused of switching up.

In the eyes of many, Nelly is a pop rapper and he always has been. But, the reality is, Nelly was a hardcore rapper on the hardcore streets of St. Louis. By the time he released "Just a Dream," many were viewing Nelly as a pop rapper. Nelly is willing to accept the label of being a pop rapper, but he said he is still urban, at the end of the day.

Nelly said he simply does what works for him and it is opening doors for the next man to come and set records. The veteran rapper went on to say it would be dumb to not do what worked for him, so he decided to be smart about the situation. Nelly said he has always had the drive to succeed, so he did not waste his time focusing on what would not work, which is doing something dumb.

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