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Single by Nelly featuring Paul Wall and Ali & Gipp
from the album Sweatsuit
ReleasedDecember 27, 2005
FormatDigital download
GenreHip hop
LabelDerrty Ent., Universal
Songwriter(s)Cornell Haynes, Jr., Jermaine Mauldin, Ali Jones, Cameron Gipp, James Phillips, Paul Slayton, Beyoncé Knowles, Kelendria Rowland, Tenitra Williams, Garrett Hamler, Rich Harrison
Producer(s)Jermaine Dupri
Nelly singles chronology
"Get It Poppin'"
"Nasty Girl"
Paul Wall singles chronology
"Sittin' Sidewayz"
"They Don't Know"
Ali & Gipp singles chronology
"Go 'Head"

"Grillz" is a song recorded by American rapper Nelly featuring fellow American rappers Paul Wall, Ali & Gipp and uncredited vocals by American singer Brandi Williams for her compilation. The song was written by Nelly, Jermaine Dupri, Paul Wall, Ali, Gipp and James Phillips; it contains samples of "Soldier", written by Beyoncé Knowles, Kelendria Rowland, Tenitra Williams, Garrett Hamler and Rich Harrison, and performed by Destiny's Child, in addition it also contains samples of "Left Me Lonely" by MC Shan. Its production was handled by Dupri. The song is about grills, the cosmetic dental apparatuses.

Music video[edit]

The song's accompanying music video, directed by Fat Cats, was released in 2005. Jermaine Dupri, Big Boi, Iamsu!, Avery Storm, St. Lunatics, Taylor Made, Jung Tru, Chocolate Tai, and Johnny Dang makes a cameo appearance in the music video.


The official remix, featuring rapper Chingo Bling, was released in 2006. Another official remix features rappers Diamonique and Lil Rob.

Usage as sample[edit]

Fabolous interpolated lines from the chorus in the beginning of his song "The Wake", off of There is no Competition 2: the Grieving Music EP.

Chart performance[edit]

In ten weeks, "Grillz" hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It stayed on the top spot for two consecutive weeks. By the end of the year it was ranked #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs Year-End 2006 chart [1].


In 2007, the song was nominated for Best Rap Performance as a Duo or Group at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards. The RIAA certified it as Platinum in the U.S.[1]


Chart (2006) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[2] 11
Brazil (ABPD)[3] 63
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 1
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[5] 4
US Billboard Pop Songs[6] 7
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[7] 2

See also[edit]


  1. ^ US RIAA certification
  2. ^ Australian charts archive
  3. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  4. ^ Billboard chart positions
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