After a long hiatus from the public eye, reports confirm that hip hop artist Nelly is set to release a film based on his highly contested music video “Tip Drill.”
The 35-year-old rapper revealed plans for his new movie project and is already taking on critics who might have an issue with his movie adaptation.
Nelly tells VladTV that he’s moved on from the criticism he received for the racy video, and questions anyone who accuses him of degrading women.
The St. Louis rapper says, “What did I do wrong? I asked everybody who didn’t like it. It may not have been within your taste, but what did I do wrong?” Nelly continues his series of questions. “How did I degrade a female who suggested that I do it? How did I do that to someone who agreed to have someone do that to them? Why wouldn’t you go to them and ask her?”
Nelly’s 2003 “Tip Drll” video became a source of major controversy because of his misogynistic representation of Black women. The height of the degrading depictions in the video is when the rapper swipes a credit card through a woman’s backside.
The artist’s exploitation of oversexed women forced Nelly to cancel an appearance in 2004 for a bone marrow drive at Spelman College, when students organized a protest against the artist’s scheduled appearance forcing Nelly to cancel his concert. The protest didn’t stop there. The sexist video sparked a 12-month “Take Back the Music” campaign by Essence Magazine. The educational initiative led by Essence‘s then executive fashion and beauty editor, Michaela angela Davis, explored ways that Black women are represented in music and media.
Seems these efforts have flown over Nelly’s head, or does he care at all?
A still angered Nelly says, “This is my thing, you say something about the video–the credit card swipe came at the end of the video. You watched the whole fucking video not being appalled, and then the credit card swipe, ‘Oh my god what did he do?’ You watched the whole five minute video!”
Nelly goes on to state that people were unaware that the then director of BET’s “Uncut” was a woman. He adds that the degrading clip was filmed at a woman’s house.
The rapper explains, “The director of BET Uncut was a female who loved the song because it was the number one rated show outside of “106 & Park.” I have more women liking “Tip Drill” than anything. When we shot the video, the wife insisted that we shoot at the house. Ray Buchanan’s wife got us booked to use the house.
The recording artist adds, “The whole video was catered and celebrated by women and then the guy who did it got shitted on. We talking about doing “Tip Drill,” the movie. We got something. It’s not like that, but it’s along those lines, but we’re coming up with something creative.”
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