Country music is famous for spinning their own version of big pop hits but this trend is getting reversed with rapper Nelly’s cover of one of the biggest country songs of 2016, Thomas Rhett’s “Die A Happy Man.” Since his multi-platinum debut album back in 2000, “Country Grammar”, Nelly has never hid his roots by adopting a Midwestern twang on many of his biggest rap hits. But over the next fifteen years, Nelly has taken this “country” fascination up a few notches with four huge crossover hits that merge rap and country music.
In 2004, a duet with Tim McGraw, “Over And Over” was groundbreaking at the time but now bands like Florida-Georgia Line have turned that into their signature style. It only made sense that when Florida-Georgia Line remixed their #1 hit, “Cruise”, as a club-banger they added Nelly dropping some verses on the hip hop remix. They teamed up in 2013 for a memorable performance of “Ride Wit’ Me” at the American Music Awards and recorded another song together, “Walk Away”, a non-single found on Nelly’s M.O. album. There was even rumors of a full country EP called “Homeland” by the Georgia rapper, but it isn’t happening. But right now, we have “Die A Happy Man” appearing twice on the Billboard Hot 100 as Nelly and Thomas Rhett battle it out on the charts with their own versions of the romantic hit.