Polow da Don, which turned out to be his first official single off the album." Stepped On My J'z" was the next single, produced by Jermaine Dupri and featuring Dupri and Ciara; following that was "Body On Me", produced by Akon and featuring Akon and Ashanti. Nelly appeared on Rick Ross's third single "Here I Am" also featuring label mate Avery Storm.2009–present: 5.0In the summer of 2009, Nelly made a public announcement in Las Vegas about the yet-to-be-titled album. In October 2009, Nelly did an interview with SOHH.comand said that the album was going to be released sometime in 2010. In a interview with Semtex TV, Nelly told reporters that he planned to release the albumunder the name Nelly. In April 2010, Nelly's cousin Michael Johnson was murdered in Missouri, Nelly said that he delayed releasing the album because of this. Guests featured on the album were, T-Pain, Chris Brown, Akon, Plies, T.I., Kelly Rowland, Birdman, DJ Khaled, Avery Storm and Diddy-Dirty Money. In May 2010, Nelly confirmed that the title of the album was 5.0. The album is scheduled to be released on November 16, 2010. The album's lead single "Justa Dream" was released on August 17, 2010, through iTunes along with the promotional single "Tippin' In da Club". The two songs were released to Mainstream and Rhythm/Crossover radio on August 10, 2010. "Just a Dream" made its first chart appearance debuting on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number twelve and peaking at number 3 in its fourth week. The song also debuted at number 3 on theBillboard Digital Songs chart, selling 888,000 downloads in its first week. "Just a Dream" is Nelly's highest-charting song since his 2005 single "Grillz" and debuted at number 7 on the Billboard Rap Songs. The song entered the Canadian Hot 100 in August 2010, at number thirty-two It debuted in Australia (ARIA Charts) on the Singles Chart at number 3, in New Zealand Singles Chartsat number twenty-nine, and in Switzerland (Media Control AG) at number fifty-two. The second single "Move That Body", which features T-Pain and Akon, was released on October 12, 2010. The song made its first chart appearance debuting onthe US Billboard Hot 100 at number fifty-four and has reached a current peak atnumber twenty-nine in Australia. Nelly is featured on the second singleby singer Mohombi titled "Miss Me", produced by RedOne. On November 13, 2010 Nelly appeared on the Pacquiao vs. Margarito pay-per-view, at the Cowboys Stadiumin Arlington, Texas. "Gone" is the sequel to Nelly's 2002 worldwide number one single "Dilemma", also with Rowland, and serves as third single from Nelly'salbum. Now Nelly is working on a new album. He hopes to release the album in theend of the year.ArtistryRapping techniqueNelly
’s rapping style has been described by Peter Shapiro as using "unforgettablehooks based on schoolyard songs, double-dutch chants, and nonsense rhymes" and has a "Missouri twang". Allmusic suggests Nelly
s style is based largely on where he comes from - "Nelly
s locale certainly informs his rapping style, which is as much country as urban, and his dialect as well, which is as much Southern drawl as Midwestern twang". Nelly explains his method of writing in the book How to Rap, describing how he freestyles most of the lyrics before going backover them to "make it a little tighter", he generally writes in the studiorather than at home, he normally comes up with a chorus for a song before writing the verses, and he likes to write to the music he will be rapping over. Allmusic also notes his "tongue-twisting" hooks, which are also often sungrather than rapped. Nelly began listening to artists like Rakim, LL Cool J,Run–D.M.C., Outkast, Goodie Mob and Jay-Z. He became convinced that his gift forrap could be parlayed into a career. He has his own style of rap which he likesto describe as a jazz form of hip hop.Other venturesNelly and Allen Iverson.