Nelly Addresses Critics

Published January 7, 2011

Don't call it a comeback! Nelly's been here for 10 years. Over the last decade, the St. Lunatic has sold more records than any other rapper, except Eminem.

But Nelly's multiplatinum streak ended when his fifth solo album, "Brass Knuckles," failed to get a platinum certification, selling well under 500,000 copies back in 2008. The consensus among critics was that Pimp Juice's best-selling days were over. Two years later, Nelly's back with a vengeance. "Just a Dream," the first single off his upcoming album, "5.0," currently stands at no. 4 and peaked at no. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. "Dream's" follow-up, "Move That Body" featuring T-Pain and Akon, currently sits at no. 54.

While he's grateful to be back in familiar territory, Nelly isn't sure his chart-topping singles are enough to silence the "his career's over" talk just yet.

"I think it’s real hot that the two singles I have out right now have been doing unbelievably well," Nelly told  BET.com. "'Just a Dream,' obviously, almost 2 million now and we’re just working on 'Move That Body,' you know, it’s been getting a great response.

"I think everything is on course," he continued. "Obviously, some people are gonna have certain things to say about it. Some see it as a comeback, others still are unsure or whatever the case may be. I mean, I don’t trip off of it like that. I just try to continuously work, but, hopefully, you just want your work to speak for itself, but obviously for some reason mine don’t seem to do it sometimes."

Written by Carl Chery, BET.com Staff

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