‘Country Grammar’ was and still is a true rap classic. Well now the classic has gone diamond, which means over 10 million copies were sold.
“Released in 2000, Country Grammar becomes only the ninth album in hip hop history to be certified diamond. Here are the other eight:
2Pac ‘All Eyez On Me’
2Pac ‘Greatest Hits’
Eminem ‘The Eminem Show’
Eminem ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’
Outkast ‘Speakerboxxx/The Love Below’
The Notorious B.I.G. ‘Life After Death’
MC Hammer ‘Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em’
Beastie Boys ‘Licensed to Ill'”
Wow. What elite company to be in, and while it may be hard to argue that Nelly isn’t quite Biggie Smalls, his status as a rap legend is pretty much cemented at this point. This album holds a special place in my heart because I actually had the physical cd in 2000 (parental advisory and all) at the tender age of 8. We all remember that moment when you realized “Boom, boom, baby” was actually supposed to be “STREET SWEEPER BABY COCKED”. I still think the title track is one of the best rap songs of all time and will instantly cause an uproar whenever it is played. ‘Ride Wit me’ is one of the best all time sing a longs and I can see my generation overplaying that at karaoke in ten years the same way aging fat drunk girls sing Journey with their asses hanging out of their jeans today. ‘E.I.’ and ‘Batter Up’ are two of the more underrated tracks with the latter featuring one of the best intros and outros on a track ever (“What are you doing looking at the sky Bob?!”. Also, don’t forget “For my” just because anything from Nelly and Lil Wayne in the early 2000’s is amazing. Congratz to Nelly as we celebrate one of the best rap albums in history.
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