Nelly’s manager, J. Erving, spilled the beans about his client’s upcoming projects during a sit down with Billboard. Erving, who also manages John Legend and Miguel, revealed that Nelly and his longtime record label Universal Records parted ways last year and that now he is working as an independent artist. He is working on new music, but his new material is giving country grammar a whole new meaning.
“He’s a free agent on the label side now, and is working on a country-based Heartland EP, which should be really interesting,” Erving said. “He may be one of the first hip-hop artists to jump into that space in an authentic way with Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw, so we think he has an opportunity to grow that base even more.”
A release date has not been announced.
Nelly is no stranger to country music though. He collaborated with Tim McGraw on “Over & Over” for his 2005 album Sweat/Suit.