Ocean Casino Resort is known as the premier summer destination in Atlantic City, but it’s about to get just a little bit warmer; more accurately, it’s going to get a little ‘Hot In Herre’; Multiple Grammy and Billboard winning performer Nelly is going to hit the stage at Ovation Hall on May 27th. While he is well-known for his overly-infectious pop anthems, Nelly is also an accomplished actor, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. When he takes the stage at Ovation Hall though, it will be the to perform the spectacular roster of hits that are sprinkled across his vast musical catalog.
The single that started it all is the 2000 breakout single “Country Grammar” from the album of the same name. The St. Louis rapper stormed the charts with a radio-friendly and endlessly catchy delivery, which we would quickly discover was not by chance. “Country Grammar” delivered a version of rap music that was something many had not heard in the past, making Nelly an instant pop superstar (and heartthrob) in the process.
In the Spring/Summer of 2021, you missed out on a true pop culture moment if you didn’t instantly love Nelly’s follow-up single “Ride Wit Me”. Following up on the success of the first single off of “Country Grammar”, “Ride Wit Me” soared like a rocket ship. The instantly memorable track (with the “heyyy must be the money” line in the chorus) could be heard all over the nation that summer, making the track an unofficial song of the summer in 2021. The track also helped lead to Country Grammar itself becoming certified nine-times platinum by the RIAA!
There was an era in the early 2000’s where R&B superstars were teaming up with pop starlets and crafting chart-topping and spectacularly infectious duets. Nelly’s single with (at the time) Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland was anything but, a “Dilemma”. The mid-tempo (and Patti LaBelle sampled) was the definition of young love, and (in a nod to Ms. LaBelle’s original song), “Loving, Needing, & Wanting” that special someone (with the Philadelphia Soul icon playing Rowland’s mother in the music video. The song was such a smash that it garnered a 2003 Grammy nomination for Record of the Year, and snagged the Grammy that year for Best Rap/Sung Performance.
Nelly has dabbled in acting himself (the 2005 film The Longest Yard among other projects) but his contribution to the Bad Boys 2 soundtrack was the earworm you would expect. Along with P. Diddy and Murphy Lee, Nelly crafted a raucous celebratory party anthem with the obligatory pop culture nods throughout the verses. The track was also showcased as part of the massive box set to commemorate the Bad Boy 20th Anniversary, celebrating the landmark record label’s multitude of chart-topping hits.
One of Nelly’s most recent chart-toppers hits showed him once again, partnering up with a music contemporary, but an unexpected one. Florida Georgia Line might seem like an unorthodox duet partner for the track “Lil Bit”, but with their signature guitar licks and Nelly’s country-ready, rapid fire verses, the collaboration between a R&B legend and an established country/pop music group is a wonderfully creative collaboration.