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Nelly gushes over Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson
Not surprisingly, Nelly says working with Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson was "a dream." "Amazing," Nelly told MTV. "I'm big fans of both of them. Mariah Carey, she's possibly the best singer I've heard. And you watch someone such as Mariah, who went from the highest of the high to the lowest of the low, and come back like she never missed a beat, and stand up and smack everybody in the face like, 'I'm still here; matter of fact I'm better' that gives you inspiration. That keeps me going." Nelly helped Carey's comeback on her hit album, The Emancipation of Mimi, and has a duet with Jackson called "Call on Me." Nelly recently wrapped the video for the song, which will appear on her upcoming album, 20 Years Old. "Janet Jackson come on, man, that's Penny! That's Charlene. Where do you go from there? It's a beautiful thing." His family was especially excited about the Jackson collaboration. "My family flipped out. They're definitely fans of the Jacksons. I grew up singing Jackson Five songs. My uncle put a little band together with all the kids, and I used to have to be Mike. This was a long time ago." Not so long ago, Nelly shared studio space with Carey, Snoop Dogg and Christina Aguilera, and he foldly reminisced about it during the interview. "When me and Mariah did the joint, we had the studio locked down. I was working on Sweatsuit, Snoop was working on his album and Mariah was working on her album. We had all the studio's doors open because we're all family. Snoop's room was little more smoky than everybody else's. Matter of fact, I was in with Christina Aguilera in my studio and was going back and forth with Mariah. We had the basketball goal in there, we was hooping me, Ali and one of our partners against Snoop, Nate Dogg and somebody else. Everybody was chilling. We in the studio, hooping like we outdoors." Nelly wouldn't say if he had more collabos with the singers in mind for his next album, which isn't expected until next year while he focuses on his Derrty Entertainment artists. Comment on this story...

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