Nelly the multi-million selling hip-pop originator from St Louis needs no introduction to us, but Tim McGraw probably does. There's not much to say about him other than the fact he's a hugely successful Country singer, funnily enough from the American south (Louisiana to be precise). Surely this is a cross-over match made in heaven?
Strangely, Over and Over is just that. As a simple piece of music its content and delivery is superb with understated vocals from both parties. It's as bling-free a track as Nelly's likely to release, but the single cover more than makes up for that. The slow rap is surreally emotive when pitched alongside McGraw's crooning: Quite impressive for someone whose discography includes lyrical genius such as "Well you should see me now/ I'm eatin' Wheaties now."
Probably the best thing about this soppy number is that there's no sign of Kelly Rowland anywhere near it. Nor is there any hint of the rubbish served up alongside Christina Aguilera in Tilt Ya Head Back, but the less said about that the better. There are also deep political undertones hidden in the amalgamation of country and hip-hop, with racial boundaries being shattered. All in all not a bad days work.