Nelly is not releasing a double album this week like his fellow hip-hoppers OutKast and Jay-Z -- instead, he's going the way of Bruce Springsteen and Guns N' Roses by releasing two separate albums simultaneously. "Sweat" and "Suit" (Fo' Reel/Universal) showcase two distinct musical styles. "Sweat" features club anthems and more hardcore material, while "Suit" is all about being "grown and sexy," Nelly says, and boasts more melodic offerings.
"I have had fans support both of the kinds of music that I have done," he adds. "The hope is they will go out and get both albums, but if they like one style more than the other that's the one they'll get."
The sets feature a host of notable guest artists, including Ronald Isley ("She Don't Know My Name"), Christina Aguilera ("Tilt Ya Head Back") and Tim McGraw ("Over and Over").
"These are people that I have always wanted to work with one way or another," Nelly says. "I have been seeing Tim and his wife [Faith Hill] around the awards show circuit and at celebrity events since 'Country Grammar.' I've always respected what he's done, and vice versa. We talked about working together, and I just thought that would be big. So when the opportunity came about, we did it."