After a four-year absence from the music scene, Nelly was hoping to return in genre-bending style by collaborating with Bruce Springsteen, the Associated Press reports via the Monterey County Herald.
And why not? The St. Louis rapper has already worked with country singer Tim McGraw, on the former's lackluster 2004 album "Suit." Alas (for Nelly, anyway), the Boss encountered "scheduling difficulties" that precluded his participation on "Brass Knuckles," due in June and featuring Akon, Ashanti, Chuck D, Ciara, LL Cool J, Lil Wayne, Pimp C, Snoop Dogg and T.I.
Nelly, best known for his 2002 hit "Hot in Herre," remains optimistic that the two can work together.
'"We still might get a chance to get it off. We're saving it. We might repackage it for the holidays," he said Sunday on the orange carpet at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.
Among other collaborations, Springsteen contributed guitar and backing vocals to Marah's 2002 album "Float Away with the Friday Night Gods," sang (with Patti Scialfa) on Emmylou Harris' "Red Dirt Girl" album and duetted with Jesse Malin on "Broken Radio" last year on Malin's "Glitter in the Gutter" album. Springsteen hasn't worked much with rappers, at least, not so far ...