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Just a Dream by Nelly
Album: 5.0Released: 2010Charted:
This is a song by American rapper and singer Nelly from his sixth studio album 5.0
. The R&B/hip hop tune was written by Rico Love and produced by Jim Jonsin. It was released alongside another single, "Tippin' in da Club
" on August 17, 2010.
Nelly debuted this string-heavy number during a free concert at Kiener Plaza in St Louis on July 29, 2010. He was helping to promote the city's bid for the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Nelly told MTV News that the tune nearly didn't make it onto the record when he and Jonsin were working on music together for 5.0. He explained: "He was playing me a few of his beats and he played that beat, but he kind of moved on to the [next] beat pretty quick. I don't know if he thought I wouldn't like that one. [He laughs.] I was like, Wait a minute, what's that? 'Cause I love guitars, I'm a really big fan of guitars. When I heard it, I instantly was attracted to it. I got to listening and the more I listened to it, I got a vision and a feel for it."
Nelly discussed the song's success with Billboard
magazine: "When I did the song, I knew I had something; I loved the strings in it. As an artist, you get those feelings, like when I did 'Dilemma
' [with Kelly Rowland] and 'Over and Over' [with Tim McGraw]. Me, Jim and Rico... we just felt it."