Nelly is bringing his talents ( and his non bandaged face) to the UK, giving his fans a one off show at the Kentish Town Forum on 8 May.
The American rapper has a number of hits under his belt, like dozens. But he can only do a few, so we’re here to help him choose the songs he should perform during his London gig at the Kentish Town Forum.
1. Dilemma ft. Kelly Rowland
As much as we love this song, it did get annoying after hearing it being played literally every five minutes. Nevertheless, we can’t deny the fact that it’s one of Nelly’s most popular songs and it would therefore be a sin if he didn’t perform it.
2. My Place ft. Jaheim
The song is about inviting a girl back home. It samples Teddy Pendergrass’ Come Go With Me DeBarge’s song I Like It and Labelle’s 1977 hit, Isn’t It a Shame. What’s not to love.
3. Body On Me ft. Ashanti and Akon
The song was originally made for former B2K member Lil Fizz, however when Lil Fizz was told he would not be making an album, Akon decided to take the song and give it to Nelly. Nelly and Ashanti was also dating at this time, which made the video extra cute.
This song taught us that Nelly was a sucker for cornrows and manicured toes. It also taught us the popular phrase “Andele andele mami, E.I. E.I. Uh-ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh! What’s poppin tonight”.
5. Ride Wit Me ft. St. Lunatics
Ride with Me made country music cool.
6. Shake Ya Tailfeather ft. P. Diddy & Murphy Lee
Now P Diddy may not be the best rapper in the world, but when we were younger we didn’t know that. And P Diddy on a track with Nelly was a big deal for us.
7. Work It Feat. Justin Timberlake
This was around the time when Justin Timberlake was turning into an uber cool R&B artist, after years of being that curly haired pretty boy from N Sync.
8. Hot In Herre
There was a time when you couldn’t say “It’s hot in here” without someone telling you to take off your clothes. We have Nelly to thank for that.
9. Flap Your Wings
I personally think this is one of Nelly’s best songs, thanks to Pharell on the beat. I also thought Flapping Your Wings was something much more x rated than it is.
10. Country Grammar
This song was great. Even though I didn’t understand a word of it. In fact I couldn’t hear any of it because most of the lyrics were backmasked, replaced with radio-friendly words or bleeped out!