In Hip Hop History Today “Nelly released Country Grammar” June 27, 2000
Country Grammar is the debut studio album by Nelly. It was released on June 27, 2000, by Universal Records, before signing a record deal with the rapper in 1999. The production on the album was handled by Jason “Jay E” Epperson, with additional production by C-Love, Kevin Law, City Spud, Steve “Blast” Wills and Basement Beats. Nelly contributed to all lyrics on the album, with Epperson and City Spud also contributing. The album is predominantly Southern hip hop based, and introduces Nelly’s vocal style of pop-rap singalongs and Midwestern, Missouri twang. Country Grammar received positive reviews, with critics praising Nelly’s vocal style and the album’s production. It topped the US Billboard 200 chart for five consecutive weeks and the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for six consecutive weeks. It peaked in the top five on the New Zealand Albums Chart and Australian Albums Chart, as well as the top ten on the Canadian Albums Chart and Dutch Albums Chart. The album was certified three times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) and Music Canada (MC), denoting shipments of 45,000 and 300,000 copies, respectively. On May 18, 2013, Country Grammar had sold 8.5 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, ranking it as the ninth best selling rap album of all time in the United States. It was certified nine times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), making it one of the highest certified albums in the US history. Its commercial success secured Nelly’s status as one of the most successful hip hop acts of the 2000s decade. Listen to Country Grammar above.