Looks like the friendship and camaraderie that Nelly and Diddy fostered when they collaborated on their hit "Shake Ya Tail Feather" for the Bad Boys II soundtrack remains alive and well. Now that Nelly has found his way back to the top ten of the Billboard charts, he's found a reason to smile again. And he credits his "brother" (is everyone in the music industry play family?) Diddy, with pushing him to go harder with his music career, even when things looked bleak. Aw, baby. MTV has the scoop.
The Bad Boy boss told Nelly that he needed to "speed it up." "He was like, 'Let's go! What are you waiting on?' " Nelly recalled.
He admitted that the advice forced him to reflect on whether Diddy's words of wisdom might have merit. With his last album, 2008's Brass Knuckles, Nelly experienced his first commercial disappointment. Although the album was certified gold, selling more than 500,000 copies, his previous efforts were all multiplatinum smashes. The rapper replayed Diddy's talk in his head, and the result of that conversation, according to Nelly, is "Just a Dream," the rapper's first top 10 hit since 2005's "Grillz," featuring Paul Wall.
"I was like, 'You know what? You're right,' " Nelly said. "And I left the party to go to the studio."
Nelly spoke of a similar conversation with the Bad Boy in Chief, in which he told him that his abstract, electronica-flavored Dirty Money music was going over people's heads. In other words, he needed to Waka Flocka it up and get back to pouring liquor, wearing big chains and acting rowdy, which Nelly dubbed the "Hate Me Now" Diddy. Isn't it great to see black men challenging each other to aim higher and achieve more enlightenment?
Watch Nelly talk about his bromance with Diddy in his interview below