Tip Drill (song)

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"Tip Drill"
Song by Nelly featuring the St. Lunatics from the album Da Derrty Versions: The Reinvention
Released 2003
Format digital download
Genre Hip-hop
Length 6:23
Label Derrty Ent.
Writer St. Lunatics
Producer David Banner

"Tip Drill", also known under the title "E.I. (Remix)",[1] is the name of a 2003 song by Nelly. A remixed version of Nelly's 2000 single "E.I.", it appears as the fourth track on his 2003 remix album Da Derrty Versions: The Reinvention. An alternate version featuring vocals from Nelly's group, the St. Lunatics, which is listed as the "Tip Drill Remix", appears as the final track on Da Derrty Versions: The Reinvention: both versions were produced by David Banner.[1]

The song's music video, which makes use of the version featuring the St. Lunatics, became controversial for its overt depiction of women as sexual objects.[2] It was meant to be a single, but withdrawn due to its potentially offensive content.[citation needed] Despite this, the version performed by Nelly alone received moderate airplay on urban contemporary radio stations in the United States, allowing it to peak at number 65 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in early 2004.[3]

In one interpretation of the song's meaning by Mark Anthony Neal, the phrase tip drill is a "ghetto colloquialism for the proverbial ugly girl with a nice body."[4]


In 2004 women's studies students at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia protested against misogyny in rap music and "Tip Drill" specifically. The students criticized the negative portrayal and sexual objectification of African-American women in the video which showed women in bikinis dancing and simulating various sexual acts, men throwing money on women's breasts and buttocks, and Nelly swiping a credit card between a woman's buttocks after which it starts bouncing.[5][6] Nelly's 4Sho4Kids Foundation was scheduled to hold a bone marrow drive on campus to help his sister who suffered from leukemia. Spelman Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance President Moya Bailey and Leana Cabral named Nelly the Misogynist of the Month and the flyers they and other members placed on campus prompted the foundation to cancel the drive.[7] The president of the Student Government, Asha Jennings, said: "Nelly wants us to help his sister, but he's degrading hundreds of us."[4] According to Spelman students, Nelly's Foundation refused to hold the drive unless the university promised that students would not confront the rap star about his song and the video.[8] The Foundation canceled the drive.

Nelly stated that his own daughter, Ayanda, has never seen the video.[9]


Chart (2004) Peak
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[3] 65


  1. ^ a b Birchmeier, Jason. "Da Derrty Versions: The Reinvention – Nelly > Overview". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ "US hip-hop film sparks debate on masculinity". Reuters. February 21, 2007. 
  3. ^ a b "Nelly Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Nelly. Retrieved October 29, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Female students spurn Nelly over explicit rap video", The Houston Chronicle, April 25, 2004.
  5. ^ "Nelly feels the heat", The Chicago Tribune, April 02, 2005.
  6. ^ Arce, Rose. "Hip-hop portrayal of women protested", CNN, March 04, 2005.
  7. ^ Bailey, Moya (May 23, 2004). "Dilemma". AlterNet. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Watkins, Samuel Craig. Hip Hop Matters: Politics, Pop Culture, and the Struggle for the Soul of a Movement. Boston, Mass.: Beacon Press, 2005, ISBN 978-0-8070-0986-4, pp. 217-218.
  9. ^ "Nelly - It's called adult entertainment", The Independent, July 25, 2008.