Nelly has been making the media rounds lately, and this morning, he stopped by “The Breakfast Club” in New York City.
The St. Louis native spoke to DJ Envy, Charlamagne, and Angela Yee about being in the music industry for over a decade, the success of his clothing line Apple Bottoms, opening a school in St. Louis, being part owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, and of course, his relationship with Ashanti.
On where he currently stands in music versus when he first hit the scene in 2000
“It’s definitely a young man’s game and it’s veteran’s survival. You get to a certain point where it’s just about turning pages… Nothing continuously excels, it’s called a career for a reason. You got the ups, you got the downs, but as long as you’re around, that’s the thing.”
On Flo Rida and people thinking “Low” was originally Nelly’s song
“No, it wasn’t my song. I never actually heard the song. People always try to do that. I ain’t got no issues with Flo. The business is what the business is. The dude acknowledged that he was [influenced by Nelly]… How do you look at that in a negative manner? You had an effect on someone who was able to come in and make a mark in music.”
On his relationship with Ashanti
“I always comment on what I’m doing. Now, when you talk about the dating and all that, that’s something that seems to be more important to everybody else than to me. I know who I’m dating. I know what’s going. Me and baby girl, we’re real cool. I don’t think anything’s going to change until me and her decide we want to change it. Everybody thinks it’s my decision that we say what we say. It’s a mutual respect, it’s a mutual decision that’s being made… Did she ever claim me?”
On being part owner of NBA team the Charlotte Bobcats
“I can’t tell [Michael Jordan] how to play basketball or what to do over there. I fall in line over there. He’s Michael Jordan, it’s not a bad thing to be in business with Michael Jordan at any time, on any level.”
Nelly recently released the first single from his upcoming album, which is title M.O. The single, “Marry Go Round,” features Chris Brown and you can listen to it here.