The year was 2002. The golden age of bubble gum pop had reached its peak, giving way to hip-hop as music’s next wave of chart dominance.
Rapper and St. Lunatic Nelly was already a household name at this point thanks to a mammoth debut record Country Grammar and its string of hit singles. So with that built in recognition, it was easy to understand why his next efforts would rise to the same distinguished status.
“Hot In Herre,” the extra R lets you know this is truly hot, was the second of six releases off sophomore album Nellyville but would go on to crush the charts for weeks on end. That ascendancy was thanks to the uptempo sample of Chuck Brown’s go-go classic “Bustin’ Loose” furnished by none other than the 2000’s preeminent production duo The Neptunes behind the boards.
Along with that boisterous beat, Nelly dropped a ridiculously fun flow, chock full of memorable lyrical content. Seriously, I can’t count how many times ‘Girl I think my butt gettin’ big’ has been repeated by me at various, often inappropriate, stages of my adolescent and now adult life. So why not look back fondly and get sweaty once again with a spin: