St. Louis rapper Nelly honoured by a leading brewing company, receiving limited-edition Budweiser bottles.
Leading American brewing company Anheuser-Busch will release limited-edition Budweiser tall-boy cans in honor of Hip Hop artist Nelly. It comes as the 45-year-old celebrates the 20th anniversary of his debut album “Country Grammar”. The 25-ounce cans include Nelly’s picture and also his famous Country Grammar lyric: “I’m from the Lou and I’m proud.”
Growing up in St. Louis, Nelly, real name Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., above all recognizes and appreciates the significance of Anheuser-Busch and Budweiser, whose headquarters have helped put the area on the map. Without a doubt, the news clearly left the “Ride wit Me” rapper feeling overwhelmed. He said: “Its really dope, and it’s what you work for. It’s definitely something to live up to and something to continue.”
In addition, the limited-edition Budweiser bottles are the latest collaboration between Nelly and Anheuser-Busch. In 2016, they used the rapper’s 2002 hit “Hot in Herre” in an ad for it’s Bud Lime-A-Rita brand. Most importantly, with the help of Nelly, the 30-second ad aired during the Grammy Awards.
Debuting at No. 3 on Billboard Top 200 in June 2000, Country Grammar received numerous positive reviews. Rolling Stone called it “the best thing to come out of St. Louis since Redd Foxx”. As well as that, in 2016, the RIAA certified the album Diamond, with more than 10 million copies sold.
Speaking with Post-Dispatch, Nelly reflects on the impact that “Country Grammar” left in his community and Hip Hop. “The fact that it is 20 years, and the fact that it doesn’t seem that long ago, I mean, that hits you a little different,” he said. “But you’re thankful that it did impact so many people’s lives. You’re thankful for all the joy and all the opportunities that it did bring people outside of the people who you even know.”
The limited-edition cans featuring Nelly will only be available in St. Louis from Tuesday, Oct. 20.