In the summer of 2009, Nelly made a public announcement in Las Vegas about the yet-to-be-titled album.

"Just a Dream" made its first chart appearance debuting on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 12 and peaking at number 3 in its fourth week.

Nelly was unusual for being a rapper from the Midwest at a time when the hip-hop scenes were centered around the East Coast, West Coast and the South.

Country Grammar is Nelly's best-selling album to date, selling over 8.4 million copies in the United States.

His following album Nellyville, produced the number-one hits "Hot in Herre" and "Dilemma" (featuring Kelly Rowland).

"Grillz", produced by Jermaine Dupri, was a number-one hit.

To date both albums have sold over 5 million units in the United States.

Nelly won Grammy Awards in 20 and had a supporting role in the 2005 remake film The Longest Yard with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock.

He has two clothing lines, Vokal and Apple Bottoms. Lunatics, a hip hop group who enjoyed local popularity with their single "Gimme What Ya Got".

1 Hot Rap Tracks) led to the album debuting at number three in the Billboard 200 in the U. It featured the hit single "Iz U" from the soundtrack to Walt Disney's The Haunted Mansion.

The music video of a Tip Drill Remix became a source of controversy due to perceptions of misogynistic depictions of women.

"Gone" is the sequel to Nelly's 2002 worldwide number-one single "Dilemma", also with Rowland, and serves as third single from Nelly's album. In February 2013, Nelly released "Hey Porsche", the lead single from his seventh studio album M. The song peaked at number forty-two on the Billboard Hot 100 and hit the top ten in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

In June 2011, Pitbull released a song off the deluxe version of the album Planet Pit featuring Nelly titled "My Kinda Girl". In April 2013, a remix of "Cruise", the breakthrough single of country music duo Florida Georgia Line, featuring Nelly, was released. was released on September 30, 2013, by Republic Records.

Under Universal, Nelly began his solo career in the year 2000, with his debut album Country Grammar, of which the title-track was a top ten hit.