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Nelly, currently on a press run for his new album M.O., visited The Breakfast Club to discuss his latest body of work. But that conversation was preceded by questions on his breakup with Ashanti, what’s new with the St. Lunatics, adapting to being old in rap years, and more.

“I ain’t gonna with that battle; I gotta win the war,” Nelly said on sitting atop of the first week sales. “I know what Hip-Hop is. It’s a young man’s game and a veteran’s survival.” Artists like Jay Z and Nas have surpassed 40-years-old and remain successful, so the St. Louis rapper, 38, isn’t truly limited by age.

However, he understands that fans latch on to artists from their era. “I think what you have to do is make them respect the hustle,” Nelly said on the generational divides.

In any case, he has a chance to show and prove with M.O., which he says will catch fire over time. Watch Nelly’s full sit down with The Breakfast Club below.

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