Fresh off his appearance at the Super Bowl halftime extravaganza in Tampa, Florida, on Sunday, St. Louis rapper Nelly will travel to California this week to shoot videos for his next two singles, "Ride Wit Me" and "Batter Up."
Nelly, who traded verses with Britney Spears, 'NSYNC and Mary J. Blige on an all-star rendition of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" at the Super Bowl, will reteam with director Marc Klasfeld for the two clips, which will be filmed over a four-day period in Los Angeles and Palmdale, California.
Klasfeld and Nelly previously collaborated on the rapper's "Country Grammar" video, and Klasfeld has also recently helmed videos for Shyne's "That's Gangsta," (hed) pe's "Bartender," and Cam'ron's "What Means the World to You."
Even though it won't be released until after the "Ride Wit Me" clip, Nelly will first take a swing at "Batter Up," which is slated to go in front of the cameras Tuesday and Wednesday, according to his publicists at Universal Records.
No information was available about the treatment for the "Batter Up" video, although the song's lyrics hark back to Nelly's stint in amateur baseball (see "Nelly Raps St. Louis Cardinals, Mark McGwire"), while the hook is built upon a melody from the theme to the old TV sitcom "The Jeffersons."
The "Ride Wit Me" video will be filmed Thursday and Friday, with a premise loosely based upon the 1977 Burt Reynolds-Jackie Gleason comedy, "Smokey and the Bandit."
Nelly's reps said the "Ride Wit Me" clip will feature the rapper attempting to deliver a truckload of women to an otherwise uneventful house party. In the original film, the Bandit (played by Reynolds) ran afoul of the law while delivering a truckload of beer east of the Mississippi River.
Nelly's "Ride Wit Me" single, from Country Grammar, has just been released to urban radio, while "Batter Up" is not expected to drop until the spring.