Though Nelly’s mark in Hip Hop is undeniable, the St. Louis emcee’s debut Country Grammar is a bit of a distant memory.

From his aforementioned debut in 2000 until present day, Nelly was never viewed as a “hardcore” artist, but his 2010 single “Just a Dream” found its place on top of Billboard’s pop charts – and as far as Nelly is concerned, that’s not a problem.

“At the end of the day, I am urban, so you can’t run from that fact,” said Nelly in an interview with MTV News. “At the end of the day, it’s another successful brother, stepping and breaking ground for the next brother to come along and do it.”

“You do what works for you,” explained the veteran hit-maker. “I think you’d be an idiot to not do what works for you. They don’t want me to be smart about it? They wanna see another dumb brother not succeeding because he tried to do something that wasn’t smart? That’s what they say about us: We don’t think first. Well, this brother thinking first. I plan on being here.”

Watch the interview below:

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