St. Louis rapper Nelly recently talked about his 2008 "Brass Knuckles" album not doing as well as his past releases and why his early success has become more of a measuring tool against him.
"I think being gone for so long between albums – for about 4 years – and with the way music is changing drastically, I think sometimes you have to remind people of what it is that you do. Kids nowadays, their intentions spans are so short; it's not like when I first came out and we would have 'songs of the summer' and a song that lasted all summer long. Now it's like 'song of the week' or 'song of the month' and you move on to the next joint. Now it's just a little different and I think that at that time it was just one of those albums that got lost in the transition but it's a career; it's not like some people are look at it like 'it's over.' Out of 5 albums that dropped I only had one that didn't sell over 4 million (giggles); every other record I did sold 4 million plus. I think it's just one of those things where when you succeed so much people almost want to see not succeed on a high level or they expect you to; they stop looking at it as an accomplishment and start looking at it as a requirement."
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