On the same week of release, Suit debuted at number one, selling around 396,000 copies in its first week on the same chart.
Nelly's fifth studio album, Brass Knuckles, was released on September 16, 2008, after several delays.
Nelly was unusual for being a rapper from the Midwest at a time when hip-hop was dominated by the East Coast, West Coast and the South.
The label used this to their advantage by branding Nelly as a star of the Midwest, hoping to inspire pride in the people of St Louis and the surrounding regions.
Under Universal, Nelly began his solo career in the year 2000, with his debut album Country Grammar, of which the featured title-track and the single "Ride wit Me" were top ten hits.
The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 and went on to peak at number one.
Lunatics to reunite and join the label shortly after.
The label decided to do a solo record with Nelly first and then return to the St. The label released his debut album Country Grammar in 2000.
Sweat debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 342,000 copies in its first week.
It produced the singles "Party People" (featuring Fergie), "Stepped on My J'z" (featuring Jermaine Dupri and Ciara) and "Body on Me" (featuring Akon and Ashanti). The lead single, "Just a Dream", was certified triple platinum in the United States.
It also included the singles "Move That Body" (featuring T-Pain and Akon) and "Gone" (a sequel to the 2002 single "Dilemma" in collaboration with Kelly Rowland).
Another number-one hit, "Shake Ya Tailfeather" won the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.
On September 14, 2004, Nelly released two albums, Sweat and Suit.
Country Grammar is Nelly's best-selling album to date, selling over 8.4 million copies in the United States.