News: Nelly Sprinkles Hollywood Magic On New Album, "I Got A Collaboration W/ Taraji Henson"

Thursday, Jan 28, 2010 4:50PM

Written by Rosario Harper

Grammy-winning rapper Nelly has updated fans on the forthcoming follow-up to his Brass Knuckles album and said he has secured a collaboration with actress Taraji P. Henson.

In addition to Henson, the St. Lunatic also discussed his reunion with singer Kelly Rowland.

"'DL2!' This is one thing, we know we can't in no way shape of form can we outdo part one," Nelly said about "Dilemma Part II." "There's no way. You're in a lose situation if you go in trying to do that. What the new song is doing is a continuation of the story. It's produced by my man Jim Jonsin and my man Rico Love. We were in the studio in Miami and I called K and she was in the bed and just shot down to the studio. I got a collaboration with Taraji Henson that was produced by Jermaine Dupri. It's crazy." (BV Buzz)

Producer Jim Jonsin recently spoke on working with Nelly.

"We've done a few songs so far," Jonsin said in an interview. "Nelly's great, he's really super talented. I just know he looks pretty anxious about dropping [it] within the next couple of months for sure. I did 'Dilemma (Part 2)' with [songwriter] Rico Love and Nelly had this melody idea. I've worked with Kelly Rowland and I've heard her sound, and that kind of triggered me to call and put her in the studio. It came out really amazing. It's similar in that it's musical and it has a great melody. But the sound is a little different, a little newer." (Rap-Up)

Last year, Nelly said he planned to work with rappers like Young Jeezy and Plies.

"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 this 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)

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