From The Vault: Nelly – ‘Hot In Herre’

Published: Sunday 7th Sep 2014 by Joe

Long before Drake or Lil’ Wayne were heard rapping and singing on a track, Nelly was already using the technique, delivering hits on hits on hits for the most part of the 00’s.

This week’s From The Vault pick is the veteran’s signature smash, ‘Hot In Herre

Produced by The Neptunes back in 2002, ‘Hot’ was the second offering from the artist’s sophomore album ‘Nellyville‘.

With its catchy chorus and various hooks, the tune was both Nelly and The Neptunes’s first of many a Billboard Hot 100 chart topper. It also reached the top spot of the Canadian charts and placed #4 in the UK. Alongside the Kelly Rowland-assisted ‘Dilemma’ – from the same album – it is considered Mr. Haynes’ signature track, and thanks to its sleek production never sounds out of date, to this day, when it’s party-o-clock.

It was with flying colors that director Little-X managed to translate the urgency of the lyrics into a fiery video taking place in a red hot kind of club where the ladies are anything but unhappy to oblige at the song’s request to take off their clothes. Although sportsmen Carmelo Anthony, TJ Duckett and Julius Peppers make brief but notable appearances during the clip, it is Cedric The Entertainer who steals the show with his now infamous “Roof Is On Fire” segment.


With 2014 marking ‘Hot In Herre’’s 12th anniversary and the past few years in music focusing on “living for the moment”, you’d think a plethora of CLASSIC party-tunes would have emerged by now. Well from our vantage point there haven’t been that many jams that established themselves as club classics the way Nelly’s single did. The Black Eyed Peas’ ‘I Got a Feeling’, Rihanna’s ‘We Found Love’ and Usher’s ‘Yeah’ come to mind as contenders for that category, can you think of others?


What are the club-classics of the past decade?

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  1. Lana Del Bae September 7, 2014

    Nelly’s career didn’t last long at all and I believe that Jay would be a flop today too if he didn’t get with Bey.

    • maurice September 7, 2014

      Dont mind the h-oes that be disliking your comment for saying the truth.
      Jay a mediocre rapper. If it wasn’t for Beyonce, nicca would be working at McDonald right now… like Foxy Brown

  2. tits mcgee September 7, 2014

    Excellent question TGJ! I love ‘Hot In Heree’ and
    the other choices you made.

    Here is my list:

    1) Rihanna – Umbrella
    2) Janet – So Excited
    3) Beyonce – Single Ladies
    4) Estelle feat. Kanye West -American Boy
    5) Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks
    6) Peaches – F*uck The Pain Away
    7) Solange – Sandcastle Disco
    8) Mariah – Obsessed
    9) Nicki Minaj – Moment For Life (the only Nicki song
    I like)
    10) Janet – Don’t Stop

  3. Dossome September 7, 2014

    I can think of few (Totally based on where i lived at the time 2000-2010) :-
    1.50Cent – In Da Club
    2.Madonna – Hung Up
    3.Justin Timberlake – S*** Back
    4.D.C – Lose My Breath
    5.R.Kelly – Ignition (Rmx)
    6.Mariah Carey – It’s Like That
    7.Ja Rule ft. Ashanti – Always On Time

    8.Sisqo – Thong Song
    9.Joe – Stutter
    10.Beyonce – Naughty Girl
    11.Lil Kim – How Many Licks
    12.Kanye West – Gold Digger
    13.Flo Rida – Low
    14.Nelly,Diddy and Murphy Lee – Shake Ya Tailfeather
    15.Mary J Blige – Family Affair

    They may not have been classics or even hits in some places but these songs were everywhere in my area

  4. Beysus September 7, 2014

    Beyonce – Crazy In Love
    Ashanti – Foolish, Only U
    Mariah C – We Belong Together
    Amerie – 1 Thing
    Alicia Keys – No One
    Cassie – Me & U
    Shakira – Whenever Wherever
    PCD – Don’t Cha
    Rihanna – Don’t Stop The Music
    Timbaland – The Way I Are
    Ciara – Love S** Magic
    Justin T – What Goes Around…
    50 Cent – Candy Shop
    Will Smith – Switch
    Outkast – Hey Ya!
    Ne-Yo – So Sick, Closer
    Kelly Rowland – Can’t Nobody
    JLo – Get Right
    Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl
    Gym Class Hereos – Cupids Chokehold
    Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
    Estelle – American Boy
    Kanye – Gold Digger

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