It’s been 15 years since Nelly released his debut Country Grammar. Since then, he has sold 21 million albums in the U.S., won three Grammys, and helped put the Midwest hip-hop scene on the map.
The St. Louis rapper took a break from filming his BET reality series “Nellyville” to perform something old and something new for Nissan’s “Off the Record.” Backed by a full band, he dug into his catalog with his 2001 hit “Ride Wit Me,” and serenaded the ladies with his latest single “The Fix.”
The Jeremih-assisted jam, produced by DJ Mustard and Mike Free, samples Marvin Gaye’s classic “Sexual Healing,” and will appear on his upcoming album, his first for indie label Records.
So what keeps him motivated after all the success? “What drives me to continuously wanna grow is just understanding that there’s different levels to the game, period,” he said. “When I watch people before me—I watch Jay Zs, Dr. Dres, Puffs, people that are constantly elevating the game, that came from the same places that I come from, and doing the same thing that I’m doing—it makes you want more.”
Watch Nelly give it his all.