Grammy-winning rapper Nelly has further explained his recent remarks on nearly ending a historic rap career around the mid-2000’s and why no financial backing could solve his problems.
Recalling the loss of his sister in 2005, Nelly detailed his personal battles.
“I lost my sister in ’05 and almost didn’t make it back,” Nelly said in an interview. “That’s a lot that people didn’t know. Even when I was going into Brass Knuckles it was just, a’ight. I lost my sister and six months later I lost my grandfather. Both of them the same way — different diagnosis but both of them was due to cancer. And we had done so much to try to find a donor for my sister. I don’t know if you ever had someone ailing from cancer in your family, but it’s some of the most disheartening things to watch people go through so much pain and not be able to do anything about it…To have so much. So much money, so much things that you can basically buy your way out of it, but this thing here you can’t get a grasp on it for nothing in the world. And I never lost anything in my life that close to me, never, ever, ever. And this is the person that took care of me.” (MTV)
Last week, Nelly said the family members’ deaths played a role on him a few years ago.
“All through ’06 and ’07 I felt that way. I didn’t know what I was doing. I’ve never experienced death with people that close to me. The more time you spend with someone that’s when it hurts the most. If you’ve been with people for 30 years and all of sudden they’re gone, it affects you more. I did come to a point where I wanted to quit. But I never showed it on the outside. People didn’t know I was f*cked up, but that’s on me. (VIBE)
Nelly’s “Just A Dream” hitmaker Rico Love recently talked with SOHH about music executives doubting the St. Lunatic‘s appeal.
“This is going to end up being one of my biggest records to date and that’s saying a lot. I’m very excited because as I have been telling everybody, I did a big portion of Nelly’s 5.0 album and I have been telling a lot of people through the process that there was doubt. A lot of people in the business, and I won’t say [any] names, were telling me “Nah, why you working with Nelly? He’s over”. Those are their words, I’m pulling them out because this industry is full of a lot of bullsh*t people that are afraid to take chances and to work with artists that they believe in and that they’re fans of. They’re d*ck riders, all of these motherf*ckers.” (SOHH Guest Star)
His new LP, 5.0, is reportedly set to drop this November.
Universal Motown will unveil the St. Louis rapper’s sixth studio album 5.0 on November 16. The club jam “Tippin’ in da Club,” produced by Dutch, sets the tone for the high-octane record. The song has already gone to urban radio, while the second single “Just a Dream” has been serviced to Top 40 stations. The latter was produced by Jim Jonsin and Rico Love. (Rap-Up)