Do you like Nelly's 2002 hit single "Hot In Herre?", the song that quickly became the Saint Louis summer anthem for the entire decade? I mean, really like it? Enough to listen to nothing but "Hot In Herre" for over twenty-four hours, without break? Then you are going to love what a San Francisco radio station is currently playing.
As reported by Gawker, SF's own Latino Mix 105.7 has been playing nothing but Nelly's "Hot In Herre" track since Friday evening, no doubt flummoxing long-term fans who were expecting something a little more Spanish. What they got instead has been over two days of nothing but multiple invitations to unclothe and promises of friends with poles in their basements.
Basically, San Francisco is reliving Saint Louis' own summer of '02, but it's not because of any love of the song itself. Latino Mix 105.7 is pulling a stunt that many radio stations have done in years past, signaling an upcoming format change that will have them coming out the other end as Hot 105.7, which sounds exactly like a Saint Louis radio station.
Three guesses as to what this new Hot 105.7 will be playing? I'm going to make a safe bet and say hip hop - and hopefully less than constant amounts of Nelly. Speaking of which, here are five other songs by Nelly they could have been playing on loop instead of "Hot In Herre". Hey, Nelly is Saint Louis' golden boy. We like to represent our own!
5. "Over and Over", featuring the vocals of country superstar Tim McGraw, is a song just begging to be played, well, over and over again. It is also probably the only worthwhile single from his fourth album, "Suit". It is also his most successful album, although it's the greatest departure from his original sound during his St. Lunatics days. Still, if you gotta loop a Nelly song, loop one with a title like this.
4. "Dilemma" is the Nelly song most likely to irritate listeners on loop. No, it's not because he's accompanied by Kelly Rowland, who used the song as a launching pad for her own solo career. It's the Patti LaBelle sample that runs in the background of 95 percent of the song. That constant "aah" that punctuates every line without fail. Now imagine hearing that for thirty plus hours nonstop and try not to break a window in frustration.
3. "Air Force Ones" is a song about Nelly and his friends buying shoes. Specifically, Nike sneakers. That's it. That is the whole song. If Nike ever needed a boost in sales, playing "Air Force Ones" on constant loops would probably earn them a few sales in the SF area. Plus, considering that Nelly is the only St. Lunatic on the track who actually made a name for himself, the other members could probably use the air play.
2. If you sat through the 2003 film "The Haunted Mansion", then you will remember "Iz U", which judiciously samples the opening theme song for "The People's Court" for its main backing. It's actually a pretty damn catchy song for being in such a mediocre film. It's also one of the few Nelly songs not available on Spotify's streaming service, so surely Spotify's loss is radio's gain?
1. "Country Grammar" is the definite Nelly track. If anyone is going to be blasting any Nelly track for over forty-eight hours, let it be this one. It made his career and put Saint Louis on the map as a legitimate rap city. Plus, it's one of the few rap tracks where the radio sanitized version is just as good as the unedited album version. Of all the songs in Nelly's repertoire, this is the song I'd most want pushed into my ear holes at a ridiculous rate as long as possible.
Pretend for a second that you are programming manager of Latino Mix 105.7, to be Hot 105.7 in the near future. What song would you be playing on loop for several days without end?