"Hot in Herre" is a song by American rapper Nelly from his second studio album Nellyville (2002). The song features additional vocals by former labelmate Dani Stevenson. It was released on April 16, 2002, by Universal Records as the second single from the project. The song was produced by The Neptunes and serves as the opening track of the 2002 compilation album Now That's What I Call Music! 11.

"Hot in Herre" incorporates the hook from go-go performer Chuck Brown's 1979 single "Bustin' Loose", and opens with samples from Neil Young's "There's a World" and Nancy Sinatra's recording of "As Tears Go By".

Awards and accolades

Nelly won Best Male Rap Solo Performance, a brand new category at the time, for "Hot in Herre", at the Grammy Awards of 2003.

In 2008, it was ranked number 36 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.

Commercial performance

The song was Nelly's first number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and in Canada. It peaked at number four in the United Kingdom, and also hit the top ten in other international markets. The song was number three in the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 Singles Chart for 2002.

Music video

There were two music videos made for the single "Hot in Herre", one set in a dance club, and an alternative one shot at the St. Louis Arch. The alternative video was played on MTV Europe instead of the official one.

The original video features cameo appearances by actor and comedian Cedric the Entertainer, NBA player Carmelo Anthony, and NFL players T. J. Duckett and Julius Peppers.

Other versions

"Hot in Herre" has been remade by the following artists:

  • Canadian electronic artist Tiga, who remade "Hot in Herre" with Scissor Sisters lead singer Jake Shears on vocals, giving it a more monotone, electro feel (this reached number 46 in the UK). A music video was created for Tiga's version of the song which aired in heavy rotation. The video starred puppets depicting cliche scenes from hip hop videos of the era.
  • Widespread Panic, whose arrangement was included on their album Jackassolantern and was featured on an episode of The O.C..
  • Jenny Owen Youngs, whose version also had an accompanying video.[5]
  • The BossHoss recorded the song.
  • In the live version of "Jocko Homo" on Devo's album DEVOlution is Real: Live in Central Park, Mark Mothersbaugh briefly sings the chorus of "Hot in Herre" before the song's "O-HI-O" breakdown.
  • Jill Sobule did the song acoustically at a live performance in Seattle with Melissa Ferrick.
  • Wang Chung performed the song on the television show Hit Me, Baby, One More Time.
  • The song was parodied as "Trash Day" by "Weird Al" Yankovic on the album Poodle Hat, replacing the chorus with "There's somethin' rotten here, (say what?) you better hold your nose."
  • The song was parodied by Mad TV in a sketch satirizing the controversy surrounding the Catholic Church and young boys.

Track listings

These are the major formats and track listings for the release of "Hot in Herre":[6]

Charts

Certifications

RegionCertificationCertified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[19]Platinum70,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)Platinum10,000*
United States (RIAA)[38]2× Platinum2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone