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Released: June 27, 2000

Rating: 3.333 (average of 4 ratings)

Genre: rap > Dirty South

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Album Tracks:

  1. Intro (with Cedric the Entertainer)
  2. St. Louie
  3. Greed, Hate, Envy
  4. Country Grammar (Hot Shit)
  5. Steal the Show (with St. Lunatics)
  6. Interlude (with Cedric the Entertainer)
  7. Ride wit Me (with City Spud)
  8. E.I.
  9. Thicky Thick Girl (with Murphy Lee & Ali)
  10. For My (with Lil’ Wayne)
  11. Utha Side
  12. Tho Dem Wrappas
  13. Wrap Sumden (with St. Lunatics)
  14. Batter Up (with St. Lunatics)
  15. Never Let ‘Em C U Sweat (with Teamsters)
  16. Luven Me
  17. Outro (with Cedric the Entertainer)


sales in U.S. only 9 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 100,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 10 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 5
peak on U.K. album chart 14

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Country Grammar (Hot Shit) (3/18/00) #3a US, #5 RB
  • E.I. (9/16/00) #10a US, #11 UK, #8a RB
  • Ride wit Me (2/10/01) #3 US, #3 UK, #26a RB
  • Batter Up (8/25/01) #28 UK, #70a RB


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame/NARM’s Definitive Albums

Country Grammar
Country Grammar made a huge splash in summer 2000, and did so for a reason. It’s an exceptional album, one that breaks all the rap industry’s unwritten rules. Who would have anticipated, after all, that a Midwestern rapper who sang somewhat nonsensical hooks would make such a huge splash?” (Birchmeier).

“With little precedent, Nelly emerged from St. Louis with Country Grammar’s incredibly catchy title track as his lead single and had legions of listeners singing along within weeks. In particular, the song’s tongue-twisting chorus is downright infectious: ‘I’m goin down down baby, yo’ street in a Range Rover/Street sweeper, baby, cocked ready to let it go/Shimmy shimmy cocoa what? Listen to it pound/Light it up and take a puff, pass it to me now’ – or something like that” (Birchmeier).

You “get lots of polished singalong hooks” (Birchmeier) and “moments like this on Country Grammar” (Birchmeier) – moments “that seem more prevalent in pop music than rap” (Birchmeier). “Ride wit Me and E.I.…similarly stick with you despite being so tongue-twisting and puzzling” (Birchmeier).

“More than anything, Nelly’s knack for writing – and singing – such infectious hooks makes Country Grammar such an exceptional album for its time. You get all the Dirty South motifs here, both lyrical and musical” (Birchmeier) and “even if he seems like a wannabe thug here at times, such as on Greed, Hate, Envy, this posturing doesn’t spoil anything” (Birchmeier).

“This is precisely why Country Grammar is so successful despite being admittedly derived and spotty, not to mention lacking consistently engaging production” (Birchmeier).

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Last updated March 30, 2008.