Grammy-winning rapper Nelly has reportedly recruited Usher, Jamie Foxx, Dr. Luke and more for his upcoming new album, 5.O.
According to reports, Nelly may also be featuring Janet Jackson and Diddy on his solo effort.
This time around, he’s tapped high-profile producer Jim Jonsin to work alongside him in the studio. As the Press Association reports, Usher, Jamie Foxx and producer Dr. Luke have also signed on to collaborate on the new album, which will be titled ‘5.O’ — presumably because of the 2011 Mustang 5.0-liter V8 car that Nelly says will be featured on the album’s cover. Other names rumored to appear on ‘5.O’ includeJanet Jackson, Diddy, Akon and, of course, the St. Lunatics. (AOL Radio Blog)
Earlier this year, Nelly talked about reuniting with Kelly Rowland for the project.
“‘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, Akon…as 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)
A confirmed release date has not yet been revealed.
Check out a recent Nelly interview down below: