I still remember this album like yesterday. I went into the record store and bought the cassette tape. It was years ago since that album came out and I don’t remember what made me buy it, but I compare it with all the notable first albums we like to talk about. Jay’s Reasonable Doubt, Juvenile’s 400 Degreez, or Lupe’s Food & Liquor; Country Grammar is up there!

I can’t say I know the full impact of Nelly’s Country Grammar in Hip Hop but it’s an album you can play from the start and ride all the way out, no skips as they say. The songs that I liked most go from St. Louis, Greed Hate Envy, Ride Wit Me, Thicky Thick Girl (that beat cold), For My, Tho Dem Wraps, Batter Up, and Luven Me. But make no mistake about it, Country Grammar in its entirety is a perfect example to how to organize an album in my opinion.

At 17 songs (including skits) I listen to it and go back to a time when I was all in with Hip Hop. I gave Nelly a chance with his self titled song Country Grammar, and listening to the album now in 2019 renders it a classic in my book.

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Do we give #Nelly the credit he deserves as a pioneer? 🤔 https://t.co/PjUavB1TKP

So to answer this question about Nelly being a pioneer, I emphatically say hell yeah, Nelly deserves all the accolades and doing it with a rap style so unorthodox at the time to being something that’s common today in Hip Hop music.


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