First Hit #1: August 17, 2002
Nelly’s first hit was silly song, so it’s inevitable that the follow up is serious. It’s a common pattern, an artist who can be funny has to prove they are a serious artist, so they go with a song that’s relatively serious but a lot less interesting. Dilemma is at least a compelling idea – a debate about breaking up an old relationship for a new one – and it does have the lovely voice of Kelly Rowland, the most neglected of Destiny’s Child. It’s not bad at all, it’s not as creative as Hot in Herre, or as happily odd, but it’s certainly a song with merit, and is part of an overall trend where I realize that I like Nelly a lot more than I thought I did. Still, his strength is that he’s not a “serious” artist, he’s someone who is at his best when he’s having goofy fun, and while Dilemma is pretty good as these kind of template love songs go, it’s not quite as inventive as Nelly can be when he puts his mind to it.