Nelly & Kelly Pick Up Where They Left Off

11.08.10 7 years ago 13 Comments

They aren’t Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, but Nelly and Kelly Rowland are synonymous with one another. Let your cool down for one second, their 2002 classic duet “Dilemma” – yes, classic – was one of those records that was impossible to escape from. This was during the peak of Nelly-mania and it owned radio, TV and while I was only 16 at the time, every party. My mother even still plays the song to this day. It was so much of a highlight of both careers that attempting to recreate the feeling seemed like a lost cause.

A lot has changed since 2002 however. Nelly’s appeal has done a 180. Jerseys ran their course. Even the masked guy from the St. Lunatics is looking for a job now. Still, the Midwest’s most commercially successful rapper not named West is continuing to log in studio hours for Nelly 5.0. With the Jim Jonsin-produced “Gone,” the rapper/actor may actually have his first hit crossover hit since “Grillz.”

Nelly’s crooning vocals – while off at times – mesh well with Kelly’s crisp voice. It’s one of those relationship songs that always tend to be released once the weather begins to permanently take a turn for the colder. This has pop radio written all over it, and while it is not “Dilemma,” the record has the opportunity to find a great deal of success given the proper support. Bet that.


DownloadNelly Feat. Kelly Rowland – “Gone” (Prod. By Jim Jonsin)

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