Nelly’s career obviously began earlier and peaked commercially with his 2000 debut album Country Grammar, which earned a diamond award for going 10 times platinum in the US.
Drake’s career highs have taken place in the streaming era, so none of his albums has sold nearly as well as Country Grammar. However, he has racked up four US Number One records albums in a row.
Last year, Drake’s single ‘One Dance’ spent 10 weeks on top in the US and 15 weeks on top in the UK. To date, it’s his only chart-topping single in the US, while Nelly has reached the top spot there four times – with ‘Dilemma’, ‘Hot In Herre’, ‘Grillz’ and ‘Shake Ya Tailweather’.
Below, check out a selection of opinions shared during Twitter’s great Nelly vs. Drake debate, which both sides probably feel as though they won.
Nelly was a top artist while Eminem, 50 Cent, Jay-Z, and Nas were in their prime. That's a tough feat sorry Drake but it's not even close.
— KOOP (@koopofficial) January 18, 2017
Drake destroys Nelly that is all…
— El Viejo Ebro (@oldmanebro) January 18, 2017
Nelly never sold 1 million first week like Drake just did. Drake has the rap game by his hands Nelly was never really a threat like that lol
— Blax Excellence (@CordellGhost) January 18, 2017
Nelly’s fans are notoriously loyal. Last year they took to streaming his hit ‘Hot In Here’ on loop in a bid to help him pay off his tax bill.