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Country GrammarAlthough Nelly continually reminds us he's from St. Louis, his debut, Country Grammar, also demonstrates that tiresome rap topics aren't...Country GrammarHip-Hop/Rap, PopAlthough Nelly continually reminds us he's from St. Louis, his debut, Country Grammar, also demonstrates that tiresome rap topics aren't...2000-07-21
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Country Grammar

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap, Pop; Lead Performer: Nelly; Producer (group): Universal

Although Nelly continually reminds us he’s from St. Louis, his debut, Country Grammar, also demonstrates that tiresome rap topics aren’t restricted to the coasts. All he wants is a ”thicky thick girl” and an expensive car, and he has far too much respect for Donald Trump. What salvages Nelly is his voice (a smooth, slippery-fast instrument with reggae inflections, as heard on the single ”Country Grammar [Hot S—]”), appealingly minimalist tracks, and introspective moments like ”Ride Wit Me,” in which he asks himself, ”Why do I live this way?” B-