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8/29/2003 2:57:04 AM

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Nelly's career has been escalating nonstop since he released his 2000 debut, Country Grammar, which included the crossover hip-hop hits "Ride With Me," "E.I.," and the title track. Instead of taking a break before releasing his 2002 sophomore album, Nellyville, Nelly kept busy with collaborations with the likes of Jagged Edge, *NSYNC, and his hometown homeboys, the St. Lunatics.

Nelly recently came to LAUNCH 's studios (straight from a photo shoot for Playboy!), where urban editor Billy Johnson Jr. spoke to Mr. "Hot In Herre" on his quick rise to fame, working with Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child's on their mega-hit duet "Dilemma," and handling the flak from those who say he's "not hip-hop enough." Here's how it went:

LAUNCH: But on this record you do explore different styles and different sounds.

NELLY: On my styles, I like to flip it, period. I think that the worst thing you can do is to be stuck in one style, 'cause one style can go on every beat you hear. Not smooth--to me I like to ride the beat, I don't like to force. I think that once you get inside the beat and feel the beat, I think that helps better, as opposed to you forcing something. I don't like that at all.

LAUNCH: Is there anything any other rappers have said that has bothered you?

NELLY: Ain't nothing they can say that could bother me, you hear me? Ain't nothing they can say that can bother me, 'cause I live in St. Louis so I know they can't be talking about me like that. Don't nobody come at me like that from where we at. It ain't like I live up the block from you. I think that when you get into battle and stuff like that, and they get more personal, 'cause these people know each other before that. But these people didn't know me before music--you don't know me until now. So there's nothing that you can say; you can talk all day, but talk don't me nothing from where we at, no way....

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