He has already collaborated with Tim McGraw (“Over and Over”) and Florida Georgia Line (“Cruise (Remix)”), and now, Nelly is aiming his country grammar toward country music as a solo act.
In a recent interview, the former Universal rapper’s manager shared that his client is currently recording a country EP entitled Heartland.
He’s a free agent on the label side now, and is working on a country-based Heartland EP, which should be really interesting. He may be one of the first hip-hop artists to jump into that space in an authentic way with Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw, so we think he has an opportunity to grow that base even more.
The 2004 Nelly and Tim McGraw joint effort peaked at Number 1 on the 2004-05 Billboard Pop Songs chart, also experiencing chart-topping success overseas in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Nelly’s remix of Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” was released in 2013 and appeared on the deluxe version of the award-winning duo’s This Is How We Roll album. The song slowly climbed to Number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, while also maintaining the Number 1 spot on the Hot Country Songs chart for twenty-four weeks. The twenty-four week run marked the longest streak in the history of the chart. Between Florida Georgia Line’s initial release and the remix, “Cruise” has sold over nine million copies to date.
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Watch Nelly & Tim McGraw “Over and Over”
Watch Nelly & Florida Georgia Line “Cruise”