Grammy-winning rapper Nelly has revealed that his much-talked about collaboration with actress Taraji P. Henson will not be featured on his upcoming 5.0 solo album.
Despite their dissolved duet plans, Nelly did confirm appearances for the Brass Knuckles follow-up, including Diddy, T.I. and T-Pain
“You work on records and try to get things to come into fruition, and sometimes as an artist, we speak too soon because we think it’s gonna happen,” Nelly said about guest feature announcements. “Like, the record with Taraji [P. Henson], it didn’t happen. I didn’t get back in with Janet [Jackson] on this record either, I know we were trying to figure out some other records. But, for the most part, the album is done. Some of the artists, like, I did get T.I. on there, I do have [Diddy] on the record with the Biggie sample, ‘Thousand Stacks.’ I also did a collaboration with me, T-Pain and Akon — the Kelly [Rowland] record that we did, it’s unbelievable. It’s also produced by Jim Jonsin. That’s my sister man, that’s love right there.” (Rap Radar)
Last January, Nelly said his Henson collaboration featured production from Jermaine Dupri.
“‘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)
The new LP 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)
Despite debuting at No. 3 in September 2008, Nelly’s last solo LP has yet to crack over 500,000 sold copies.
Brass Knuckles debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 selling 80,000 copies in its first week. After only a few months, it was certified Gold by the RIAA then it dropped off the Billboard 200, but in early March 21 2009 it re-appeared at 152. The album has sold over 200,000 copies in the United States. (Wikipedia)
Nelly’s 5.0 will hit retail stores Tuesday, November 16th.
Check out Nelly’s interview down below: