The hip hop and R&B artist, Nelly, makes an announcement in light of his upcoming country EP.

Most well known for telling listeners to take their clothes off and take a ride, Nelly has made the decision to move on from his current music scene towards one dominated by beer, trucks, and country. Nelly has dominated the pop industry with dozens of top hits including, “Hot in Here” (2002), “Dilemma” (2002), “Shake Ya Tailfeather” (2003), and “Grillz” (2005). “Hot in Here” was one of the biggest songs of the 00s and continues to be a symbolic record of that decade. In 2000 he made a strong entrance into the music industry with the popular single “Country Grammar (Hot Shit)”, perhaps foreshadowing his transition to country music.

The transition for Nelly has been visible as he has already crept into country music songs as a featured artist, linking the two genres. Featured in Florida Georgia Line’s song “Cruise”, Nelly took the single to an uncharted territory, keeping pop and country fans satisfied as the song climbed to #3 on the charts. Already a dominant figure in both genres, Nelly is making his switch official. A statement by his manager about the switch was released:

“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.”

Recently arrested for the possession of marijuana and an assortment of other drugs including meth, it is apparent that this transition is still in the works. His attorney released a statement that Nelly was not involved with the drugs found on his tour. Despite these setbacks, fans and fans of country music should be interested to see where he takes his musical career in the upcoming years.

Until the release of this EP, both country and hip hop fans eagerly await to hear Nelly’s new sound. For more information and updates check out his website.

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