ATLANTA — Remember last year when Nelly spoke to MTV News about forming a supergroup? The speculation was that he and T.I.T.I. would make up the core of the collective, especially after NellyNelly spoke about his close friendship with Tip.
Since then, however, the St. Louis Grammy winner has been in talks to form a quartet of gentlemen who make platinum records as often as regular people go to lunch.
"Me, AkonAkon, T-PainT-Pain and PharrellPharrell are talking about doing a project," he told us Friday. "We got a host of things we're trying to do — possibly put together this new 2009 [Bell Biv DeVoe] type of thing."
With vested interest from everyone's respective record labels, how in the world can this get done from the business side? And what about everyone's insane schedules? Nelly isn't worried about any of that.
"I don't think you try to put things together with people you don't think you can accomplish [them] with," he said. "With 'Kon, with Pain and Pharrell, I know it's more about the music than anything. It's about leaving something. I think we're all OK as far as the money thing goes. I don't think anybody is hurting. You wanna do things you can be remembered by. Make a mark. I think that's something that's foremost on all our minds."
Well, speak for yourself, Nell. Skateboard P is remaining mum on the topic of the super-squad.
"Those are all my boys," Pharrell said with a surprised look (after a long pause) Saturday afternoon. "I'm kinda like the only one that adheres to the oath of secrecy. I don't wanna break that."
When asked about his ideal sound for the unit, Williams continued to evade the question. "Well, seeing as though I'm supposed to be upholding my end of the bargain of upholding my oath of secrecy, I'm not so sure of how to answer that question."
Obviously, no release date for the project has been set — the guys are just in the planning stages. Meanwhile, Nelly is about to shoot a video for the next single from Brass Knuckles, "One and Only." He's also prepping a new St. Lunatics LP, Murphy Lee's next set and a solo follow-up to Brass Knucks. Pharrell is working on tracks for Cassie, Diddy and Jay-Z's Blueprint 3, among other projects.