News: Nelly Embraces Haters On Upcoming Album, "The Doubt Is What Fuels Me"

Tuesday, Dec 1, 2009 11:30AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

St. Lunatics leader Nelly has touched on his forthcoming self-titled album and said he was motivated by the fans' doubt this time around.

Speaking on this work ethic, Nelly explained why he embraced the haters.

"The thing is, I work best with two strikes, two outs," Nelly revealed in an interview. "I really think I do. As an artist, you want to wake up every day and feel like you're doing something people don't think you can do. Now I feel like I've been put in that position again, where it's more doubt than expectancy. The doubt is what fuels me, so to speak. I've been real fortunate where I have great people around me. Everybody wants to freakin' work with me -- not that everybody didn't [before], but it's different because I didn't work with a lot of people. Coming into this situation, it's beautiful...In the booth right now, it's kind of different. I got Sean Paul, far as the rappers go, Plies. Me and [Young] Jeezy talking about some things now. I'm not finished, but I'm a good portion on the way." (MTV)

While initially planning to drop the LP in 2009, Nelly recently said the project should now arrive in stores around the first quarter of next year.

"I definitely got a new project, we were trying to get it out before the end of this year but it looks like it'll be at the top of next year," Nelly revealed in an interview with DJ Semtex. "I just wanna make sure it's right, and it's definitely coming. The album is bananas so be ready. I did a little bit of different [sounds]. I worked with my man Polow [Da Don], I've worked with Play-N-Skills, we did this joint with Akon that's crazy. The joint I did with Polow, I did with Plies on it. I got a joint that I did with Sean Paul that's crazy, as well as my family, as far as the Lunatics goes, my little brother City Spud, he's no longer locked up no more, he's out...[The title] is just Nelly. I don't want to say it's the 'best' album, but just get ready." (DJ Semtex TV)

Nelly previously told a crowd of fans about his new records and explained why he has decided to record music in Las Vegas.

"I want to try some new sh** from my new album," he said, noting, "This is my first time being able to rock this sh*t." He performed two new songs: the yet-to-be-released first single, '1000 Stacks,' and an uncharacteristically vocal ballad dubbed 'Angel Eyes.' "The new album is sounding incredible," he smiled. "It comes out in November so be checkin' for it....I've been here for about a month...Recording in Vegas is always a good influence, especially the type of music I do...especially when you're doing a lot of party music and a lot of uplifting music and trying to, you know, get people the right spirits...It's going to be a lot of energy. I think they'll get a real understanding of what it's like to be in my position, so to speak, as far as having to start over and grind your way back to a position where a lot of people thought that you would never leave. I might be working on something with Janet [Jackson] and a few things like that, so we'll see what happens." (Las Vegas Sun)

The rapper's last album was 2008's Brass Knuckes.

Release date delays and hype that just doesn't pan out are nothing new or rare in the world of urban music, but Nelly's 2008 release could be the quintessential result. Fitting squarely in the middle of the "troubled album" spectrum, Brass Knuckles is neither a disaster nor a brilliant mistake. It's an album where the forgettable lows marginalize the towering highs, while the feeling that something is missing covers it all. (All Music)

No further details on the album have been revealed as of now.

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