Photos by Kelly Hueseman
To call it “Hot in Herre” was an understatement last Thursday night when Grammy-winning St. Louis rapper Nelly hit the stage at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom for a sold-out show with his Hip-Hop group, the St. Lunatics. Labeled “An Intimate Performance by Nelly,” the pre-show conversation had people wondering what type of performance this would be. Would Nelly be pumping out slow jams, or did “intimate” simply mean we’d be up close and personal with one of our favorite rappers from the early ‘00s? Luckily it was the latter, and nearly every song that shot Nelly to the top of the charts over ten years ago was performed by him and his crew.
For an artist who’s been relatively quiet on the Hip-Hop scene for the last decade, you’d never know it as the crowd sang along loudly to every song including “Country Grammar,” “Ride Wit Me,” and “E.I.”
In 2016, Nelly released a cover of “Die a Happy Man,” a country song by Thomas Rhett, and in October he released his 7th studio album, M.O. He continues to surprise fans with new projects and appearances, and his unique artistry that reflects schoolyard beats will continue to be embraced as long as he keeps putting out the hits.
Stage Presence: A
Set/Light Show: A-