Nelly has his plan of attack together now. After going back and forth while choosing what type of a song he wanted to go with for his first single off of Nellyville, the St. Louis MC decided to keep the party going with "Hot in Herre," produced by the Neptunes.
"It's pretty banging," Nelly said Monday (April 15) of the track, the title of which incorporates his thick vernacular — "There" is "Derre," while "Here" is "Herre."
Working with the Neptunes, whom he's known since the days when he had no record deal and they sold tracks for "dirt cheap," was pretty banging as well. "Not [that] they've been putting out anything else but [heat]," Nelly observed. "They stay with the banging [songs]. They was on fire. ... It sounded hot.
"They pretty much try to tap into whatever artist they're working with and feel what they think is going to be hot," he added. "Then they also take ideas from you. We came up with something that was pretty stupid."
Nelly remembered that the ultra-energized session made it easy for them to name the song. "They wild, and I'm wild," he said. "I don't know what's coming out from them. They don't know what's gonna come out from me. It was just like, 'Put the beat on, stand back and let's go to work.' It was hot in there. 'Hot in Herre.' Gotta keep the slang on there."
Another track you'll be hearing when Nellyville drops comes courtesy another joint effort with a camp outside of his faction. Nelly said he and St. Lunatic member Murphy Lee just finished a remix of "Roc the Mic" with Beanie Sigel and Freeway. That collaboration was politicked after Free and Beans performed the song at this year's Soul Train Awards.
"I was congratulating them, because the song is stupid," Nelly recalled. "I like to give props — I've never been a hata. If I see something that's hot, I'm 'a say it, because I want my just due. I was like, 'Holla at me about the remix.' They turned, like, 'Word?' I was like, 'Word.' We exchanged numbers, and it went down like that."
Nellyville is due on June 25.
— Shaheem Reid, with additional reporting by Sway Calloway