So you can imagine my surprise when I heard the latest Nelly song on radio and enjoyed it on first listen, and turned the radio up on subsequent listens.
Then I got thinking. I have actually enjoyed quite a few of Nelly's songs.
There was this one, which I remember listening to when some family friends took me into Sydney city in 2000 - these boys were quite a lot older than me, and I felt very cool hanging out with them aged 18.
I also have the CD single. Back in the day when CD singles weren't an endangered species, and when I worked in the music section of a department store, I bought about three singles a week. These days...well I can't find enough music that I like to actually fork out money for. I probably buy 10 CDs a year, and pay for about 20 iTunes downloads. The rest, sadly, is free. I've gone back on what I believed in all those years ago.
I quite like this one, when Nelly teamed up with Kelly Rowland.
Ok so it's repetitive, but bearable. I hate the reference to 'my boo' though.
And this one features Tim McGraw.
I have it on good authority that Tim McGraw looks hot in chaps and has a fine arse. I haven't looked - I don't want to cut my friend's lunch. Plus I am quite satisfied with Rob Thomas's arse.
I have found Nelly catchy, and at times, soothing. Actually I prefer the other singer in the duet songs. Alright, so when I listen closely, I hear Nelly's lyrics aren't lacking the bad content I hate so much in rap. And he probably wears grills. But his songs are damn catchy. But overall, I don't switch off when Nelly comes on the radio. And I even have him on a playlist.
I know. I felt my pulse when I realised Nelly was the music I've been missing. I hope never to discover this about rap or hip-hop again. Or discuss it on my blog.