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Playing Around: Nelly & the St. Lunatics 

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"I got a style that's all my own. I'm rappin' the blues."

If you watch MTV, listen to the radio or, as in my sister's case, have noisy-ass neighbors who listen to the radio, you've probably heard Nelly and the St. Lunatics' style, which they affectionately term "country grammar." Their flow acts as a bridge between Run DMC's kings of rock boast-hop, and the latter-day bling bling of Southern rap. Throw in choruses that rival any Village People tune for the "can't get that song out of my head" award and you've got a rap group that the kids are sure to get behind.

Hailing from St. Louis, Nelly and the St. Lunatics are here to put their city on the map. I tried once to put the Springs on the "map," but was told by audiences, my family and record executives alike that my flow was "weak," "drunken" and "lame as a two-legged mule." Fine. Go watch Nelly and the St. Lunatics; I don't need your support. Go watch your "professional" rap act. My flow and I are obviously too good for the likes of you.

Nelly and the guys play at the State Fair Events Center at the fairgrounds in Pueblo Wednesday night. Tickets are $16.50. Call 520-9090.

-- Brandon Laney

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