Once upon a time, back when Nelly first came out, and Country Grammer was a huge hit single, he was ‘beefing’ with Eminem.
After all these years, Nelly finally decided to open up about the issue. Here is what he told All Hip Hop…
Me and Em, it was a misunderstanding. Me being young in the game, I reacted to it. Being young to the game and being realinfluential, and not checking to see if that’s what it was – which it wasn’t. But me, being from St. Louis. Hothead. Young kid. I got kicked out of four schools for fighting. I was just like to Eminem, ‘What? Who? What’chu talking about?’
But what people don’t understand is that when I made Country Grammar, that sh*t was gangster! “I was coming ‘down down, baby/Your street in a Range Rover/With a street sweeper, baby/C***ked, ready to let it go.’ You know what I’m saying? I didn’t change that record. The label changed that record to ‘boom boom/ahn ahn.'”
I didn’t give a f**k,” Nelly added. “I was from St. Louis. I had a record deal, and they was gonna put this record out? Y’all can do whatever the f**k y’all want with that record. I don’t care, I got this check,a nd sh*t back then, it was only like $40,000, but I didn’t give a sh*t. I was like, you guys are kidding me!
But again, that was that mentality. So, when I thought I heard something, and that something was true and someone was coming at me…I mean, I did have people coming at me at that time. I heard a lot of talk like, ‘He ain’t a rapper…he’s this, he’s that.’ And I’m just like ‘Well, muthaf**ka, where ya at?’
If you look at how so much has happened in hip-hop from misunderstandings and things and people being influenced by the wrong things, I’m real fortunate and thankful that that’s as far as it went.