Country Grammar (Hot Shit)

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"Country Grammar (Hot Shit)"
Single by Nelly
from the album Country Grammar
Released February 29, 2000[1]
Format
Recorded 1999
Genre
Length 4:48 (album version)
4:19 (edit)
Label Universal Records
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Epperson
Nelly singles chronology
"Country Grammar (Hot Shit)"
(2000)
"E.I."
(2000)
Alternative cover

"Country Grammar (Hot Shit)" is the debut single by American rapper Nelly. The song was produced by Jason "Jay E" Epperson. It was released in 2000, taken from Nelly's debut album Country Grammar. It peaked at #7 in both the US and UK and hit #56 in Sweden. The drum pattern is based on the song "Soul Love" by David Bowie from his 1973 album, Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars.

Composition[edit]

The song's melody and chorus were taken from a song popularly sung by children with clapping games called "Down Down Baby". On the clean version, the word "shit" is backmasked, and most of the explicit words are replaced by radio-friendly words and/or bleep-related sound effects. For instance, the lyrics "street sweeper baby cocked" in the chorus are replaced with "boom boom baby" due to its reference to a shotgun. Fellow St. Louis rapper Jibbs would later use the same tactic employed by Nelly in creating his first hit single. He would go on to imitate the popular children's song "Do Your Ears Hang Low?", with his song, "Chain Hang Low". The song also references Beenie Man's 1998 dancehall single "Who Am I (Sim Simma)" with the line, "Keys to my beemer, man, holla at Beenie Man".

Track listings[edit]

US CD Single[1]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "(Hot S**t) Country Grammar"   Nelly, Jason "Jay E" Epperson 4:18
2. "(Hot S**t) Country Grammar" (Explicit) Nelly, Epperson 4:19
3. "Greed Hate Envy"   Nelly, City Spud 0:33
4. "E.I."   Nelly, Epperson 0:32
5. "Ride wit Me"   Nelly, Epperson 0:31

Charts[edit]

Chart (2000–2001) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[2] 20
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 4
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[4] 10
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[5] 20
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 43
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[7] 56
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[8] 58
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 7
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[11] 5
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[12] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[13] Gold 35,000^
United States (RIAA)[14] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

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