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NELLY: Can’t wait for concert

| July 25, 2021 1:00 AM

The Coeur d’Alene Press reported some residents dislike Nelly. We used to have hip-hop acts in the past. No one cared. There was no opposition when Lil Wayne performed at the Grail.

In the late ’90s and early 2000s, almost everyone was playing either country or rap…or BOTH. Numerous songs in Nelly’s arsenal have country influences and in part, make his music a fit for our community.

It was part of our high school culture when “Country Grammar,” “EI” and “Batter Up” came out. As kids, we rode bikes on Friar Hill — we all had the CD.

“Pimp Juice” wasn’t much of a hit, peaking at 58 on the Billboard charts. Nelly has 48 singles and you target “Pimp Juice.” If you read the song lyrics, you might deem it more respectful than certain Elvis Presley songs.

Elvis’s song “Dirty, Dirty Feelings” discussed chaining women to the wall; “Way Down” he talks about giving her his medicine that is inside him. Pimp Juice could be interpreted as he is getting all dressed up and being high class like a pimp. There is no talk of him actually pimping.

I will be applying a generous portion of Pimp Juice before I head to the fair and prepare to be entertained by the fantastic artist known as Nelly. All of us now are in our 30s and 40s and are going to relive our teenage years for one evening. Bring us more Hip-Hop to North Idaho! Great job Kootenai County Fair Board.

NASH MAHURON

Coeur d’Alene