Grammy-winning rapper Nelly has become the latest hip-hop artist to co-sign country star Taylor Swift by performing with her in Texas over the weekend.
The Midwest rapper came through as a surprise guest at Swift’s Houston show.
After topping the charts with Tim McGraw (“Over and Over”) in 2004, Nelly linked up with another one of country’s biggest stars. The St. Louis rapper performed his hit “Just a Dream” with Taylor Swift at her “Speak Now” concert at Minute Maid Park in Houston last night. “Our last stadium show of the tour- Houston, Texas!! Singing ‘Just A Dream’ with Nelly was a serious lifetime highlight. Fantastic night,” tweeted the country sweetheart, who regularly covers the song on tour. (Rap-Up)
Last month, Swift opened up about her love for hip-hop despite country roots.
“I’m a huge hip-hop fan, and it’s been so amazing to have so many incredible artists come out and to get to sing the hooks on their songs that I’ve been blasting in my car for the last couple years,” Swift explained in an interview. “It’s been awesome. I couldn’t have asked for more amazing special guests on this tour, and we’re not finished yet.” (MTV)
A few weeks ago, Atlanta rapper T.I. surprised Swift fans as an unannounced performer.
Rapper T.I. has joined country star Taylor Swift in a surprise duet at her concert in Atlanta. Toward the end of Swift’s set on Sunday night, she introduced T.I. by singing the opening chorus of his hit song “Live Your Life.” The packed house at Philips Arena screamed once he stepped onstage for the unannounced appearance and started to rap. The two Grammy winners stood side-by-side as he rapped and she sang a vocal part originally handled by Rihanna. The Sunday show was a makeup performance for a postponed July show. (Chicago Sun-Times)
No stranger to hip-hop, the country star showed off her admiration for the genre last summer.
Even if Eminem’s lyrics are saying something like “I love you,” he raps it in such an angry way that any affection is pretty lost. That’s the way Eminem is, we know, but sometimes we would like to hear a softer side to his songs–and now we can! Cutie-patootie Taylor Swift decided to take out her inner thug and cover the hit song “Lose Yourself” during her show in Grand Rapids, Mich., but the gangster vibe didn’t really last… T.Swift punctuated her performance with a random “Yo!” here and there, but that’s about as street as the country crooner can get. Still, Taylor strumming her guitar as she half-raps, half-sings the lyrics is an adorable sight to see. It’s also probably the nicest Eminem song we’ll ever hear. (E! Online)
Check out Nelly & Taylor Swift’s duet below: