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Nelly Preps ’5.0′ Release

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Rapper Nelly is back once again to spread a little of his “country grammar” to the mainstream with the release of his sixth album, ’5.0.’ The St. Louis native tapped heavy hitters The Neptunes, Polow da Don, Jermaine Dupri and Jim Jones to produce his first album since 2008′s ‘Brass Knuckles.’ The 35-year-old also reunited with his ‘Dilemma’ partner Kelly Rowland for the follow up track ‘Gone.’

Nelly, born Cornell Haynes Jr., spoke on the story behind the album’s title. “It’s a lot of things,” he said in an interview. “It’s also my fifth drop date. It’s just the energy of it all. [The Mustang] 5.0 was always one of my dream cars. As soon as I had enough money to buy one of these mothaf—ers, they stopped making these shits.”

Besides his music, word has it that the Grammy winner is also getting reacquainted with ex-girlfriend singer Ashanti. The former couple attended the wedding of T.I. and Tiny in Miami last weekend. Although Nelly is remaining tight-lipped about rekindling their romance, the twosome can celebrate the release of ’5.0′ together when its stores November 16.

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