Nelly has set a tentative release date of October 16 for his first album in three years, Brass Knuckles.
Earlier this year, producer Jermaine Dupri — who said Nells is “the only person I go in the studio with and party all night” — said Nelly was looking to get Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson and even Bruce Springsteen on the LP (see “Beanie’s Staying With Jay-Z; Cam’ron Vs. Jim Jones In Dipset Bust-Up?”).
While those names aren’t confirmed, T.I., Akon, Snoop Dogg, UGK’s Pimp C, Babyface and Derrty Entertainment artist Avery Storm have all jumped on the mic.
In addition to Dupri, Pharrell Williams and Bryan-Michael Cox are among the project’s producers.
The first single, “Wadsyaname,” just hit the streets and follows Nelly’s tradition of allowing his Midwestern accent and slang to spill into his lyrics and spelling: He’s saying, “What’s your name?” to a lady he’s approaching.
“Shawty, shawty, shawty, what your name is?” he asks on the chorus. “Shawty, shawty, shawty what’s your sign?”
In the song’s lyrics, Nelly doesn’t have the best intentions, but he doesn’t mean any harm either.
“I’m trying to stay respectful and polite/ You could tell me to go to hell if you like/ I ain’t the one to be paying to do the do/ Before it’s over you going to say, ‘I should be paying you.’ ”
“Wadsyaname” was produced by Neff-U. Another track slotted for the album, “Cut It Out,” featuring Pimp C and the Youngbloodz’s Sean P., has hit the streets unofficially.
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