Today marks the 17th anniversary of one of the highest selling albums in hip-hop history; Nelly’s Country Grammar.

Signed by Universal Records in 1999, the St. Louis native dropped his debut album Country Grammar on June 27th, 2000.  This album was praised heavily because of how well the production was and Nelly’s vocal style.  His voice and his accent made for an interesting mesh on the beat and the hooks which ultimately made him a staple in the early 2000s.

Spearheaded by the single named after the album (Country Grammar), it quickly topped the Billboard 200 charts and the Rap/Hip-Hop charts for 6 and 5 weeks respectively.  By August of that same year, Country Grammar was a certified platinum album by the RIAA.  By June 2002, it had sold 7.7 million copies and by July 2016, it had become one of the first Rap/Hip-Hop albums to be certified diamond by the RIAA, meaning it has sold 10 million copies!

This debut album is the highest selling debut album in Hip-Hop history and more importantly solidified Nelly’s position in the game forever.  He is also one of the few to have a follow up album that is also amazing.  It takes a lot to have two great albums back to back and he was one of the people to do it with Nellyville.

Happy anniversary to Country Grammar and congratulations on recently going DIAMOND!