[artist id="760701"]Nelly[/artist] contributed to Biggie's posthumous album Duets: The Final Chapter on the standout track "Nasty Girl," but apparently the St. Louis rapper didn't get enough of the Brooklyn star with that collaboration.
For his forthcoming project, 5.0, Nelly sampled the late rapper's vocals from Biggie's song "Everyday Struggle" for his own "1000 Stacks."
B.I.G.'s lines "At last, I'm literally loungin' black/ Sitting back, counting double-digit thousand stacks" will be used as the hook — with Diddy's blessing, of course.
"I did this beat with my man Don Vito and it had this Biggie sample in it, and when I heard it, I was like, whoa," Nelly told MTV News on the set of his "Just a Dream" video shoot. "It was bananas. I let Puff hear the song. I told him, 'I got something that I think you're gonna love, and I think we can smash it out together.' And he was like, 'Let me hear it.' I played it for him and he went crazy. We put it together and it came out crazy.
"I feel real honored to be on a B.I. sample," he added.
Nelly is enthusiastic about the positive response to the album's first two singles, "Just a Dream" and "Tippin' in Da Club," especially after the lukewarm reception to his last solo set, 2008's Brass Knuckles. The former just cracked the Top 10 on Billboard's Digital Songs chart, landing at the #8 slot.
"It's great," Nelly said. "It's always great when your fans come out and support [you] any time in your career. But definitely after 10 years, and when you haven't been quite on the scene as much as your fans would like you to, but when they do get a glimpse of you and they feel good, it also makes you feel good."