Just last week, the first single off Nelly‘s forthcoming album M.O. was leaked. If you searched the interwebs for Nelly and “Merry Go Round” you probably found the song, but that wasn’t the actual spelling of the song’s title. The song’s true title is “Marry Go Round.” When Nelly stopped by the 102 JAMZ studios this week, we had the chance to find out straight from the source the reasoning behind the unusual spelling.
According to Nelly, the song’s leak was purely intentional. “We kind of leaked it out a little bit. Letting people get a taste of it before we kind of, you know, slam it in their face a little bit.” The song was produced by Da Internz and features go to collabo man of the moment Chris Brown.
But why spell the first word in the title m-a-r-r-y as opposed to the standard m-e-r-r-y? Nelly explained,”Where we’re from, sometimes, when you don’t know a girl name, and she’s got a little fight, a little bite in her, it’s like ‘Oh, look at Miss Mary.'” Nelly went on to say, “It’s not like every girl name Mary, cuz any girl could be Mary, it’s just a different word for calling some fire. Like, ‘Shawty, yeah you got it,’ you know what I’m saying, ‘Excuse me Miss Mary, let me move out your way.’ That’s where Marry Go Round come in.”
Okay, Nelly. Whatever you say. But the last time we checked, the girl’s name was spelled m-a-r-y, and the act of tying the knot was spelled m-a-r-r-y. It’s you’re song though, so we’re not about to argue.