Grammy-winning rapper Nelly has confirmed recent reports that his new album is called Nelly 5.0 and explained its inspiration.
Nelly claims there are a couple of explanations behind his title.
“It’s a lot of things. It’s also my fifth drop date. It’s just the energy of it all. [The Mustang] 5.0 was always one of my dream cars. As soon as I had enough money to buy one of these mothaf*ckers, they stopped making these sh*ts. It was just like, ‘Ahhh!’ You know in Menace II Society when he jacked that ride? And then they came back… That was like the ultimate scene. I always wanted one of them mothaf*ckers, money green. But when I got a chance, they stopped making them. I had this meeting with Ford where they asked me these random questions about cars and I just got to talking it up. I was like, ‘Why ya’ll ain’t brought back the 5.0 Mustang? That sh*t was hot!'” (Rap-Up)
Earlier this year, reports of Nelly’s new album title circulated online.
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’ include Janet Jackson, Diddy, Akon and, of course, the St. Lunatics. (AOL Radio Blog)
Nelly recently 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 withTaraji Henson that was produced by Jermaine Dupri. It’s crazy.” (BV Buzz)
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 release date for the album has not yet been revealed.
Check out a recent Nelly interview down below: