St. Lunatics‘ Nelly has hinted at plans to perpetuate his controversial adult-themed 2003 “Tip Drill” music video into a full-length, theatrical release in the near future.
While opting not to divulge specifcs, Nelly said he has been contemplating putting the project into motion.
“We talked about doing Tip Drill: The Movie,” Nelly revealed in an interview with DJ Vlad. “Who knows. Tip Drill: The Movie. [laughs] We got something, we got something…It’s just something along those lines of trying to come up with something that’s a little bit creative and like I said again, everybody’s not gonna love it. It goes hand in hand, man. You can’t tell me I’m like ‘this,’ when you don’t even know me.” (Vlad TV)
Recently, Nelly defended his adult-targeted music video.
“I’m not bound by anything in terms of my freedom to create, who says everything you create has to be accepted by everyone? If I only did one thing, one way then I wouldn’t be an artist. Everything in the history of art and music wasn’t accepted at first. Not to say what I did wasn’t risqué, but it was needed at the time. All I did was entertain adult fans. It even came on an adult show at 3 a.m. It wasn’t like the girls in the video were offended by it. Never will I take any of that back. I didn’t make 10 of them. I made one video and people wanted to condemn me for it. And people wanted that video to outweigh all the other good things I’ve done. All my not-for-profit work, helping find marrow donors, community programs and take all that away from me. I was just young and having fun.” (VIBE)
The video landed Nelly in front of a firing squad in 2005 after a college cancelled his appearance due to the buzz surrounding “Tip Drill.”
The music video for “Tip Drill” became a source of controversy due to perceptions of misogynistic depictions of women. The controversy forced Nelly to cancel an appearance at a bone marrow drive at Spelman College, a historically black college in Atlanta, Georgia. Similar claims of misogyny also surrounded Nelly’s single “Pimp Juice”. RIAA have certified the album Platinum. (Wikipedia)
Following the controversy, Nelly defended his racy visual.
“I respect women, and I’m not a misogynist. I’m an artist. Hip-hop videos are art and entertainment. Videos tell stories; some are violent, some are sexy, some are fun, some are serious. As for how women are shown in the videos, I don’t have a problem with it because it is entertainment…No one knows what a particular woman’s situation is, what her goals are. Being in that video may help her further those goals. Several women who have been in my videos have gone on to do TV appearances and movies. No one can dictate other people’s choices and situations.” (CNN)
Check out Nelly speaking on “Tip Drill” below: