It was easy to tell Penn Staters were pumped to bump and grind to Nelly. Students screamed one of the best hip hop lines of all time — “It’s gettin’ hot in herre so take off all your clothes” — as they walked up to the IM Fields.
The crowd filtered in while the rain continued. Everyone jumped around to a recording of the Blue Band’s “Fight On, State” before Nelly graced the stage. Sporting Penn State attire, Nelly kicked off his set with “E.I” and got the audience jumping. He sampled all types of fan-favorites during the first phase of his act, including Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing,” Rihanna’s “Work,” and his collab with Florida Georgia Line, “Cruise.”
Nelly’s music has blarred from speakers all over the country for more than a decade, so naturally every song on his set list initiated a collective “OOHHHH” when the beat dropped. Crowdsurfers, piggy backers, and even an octopus balloon animal were feeling the beat as they floated into the air. Nelly even brought one lucky girl on stage and serenaded her under the lights.
As his set came to a close, Nelly finally broke out a song frequently used as a pick up line, “Hot in Herre.” The crowd was one solid mass as it bellowed the lyrics and heated up Movin’ On 2016. The set list instantly took everyone back to the good ole days of singing along to “My Boo” in the back of a mini van. Ah, the glory days.
Nelly was a great coup for Movin’ On and proved he can still put on a kick ass show, even if it wasn’t hot enough to take off our clothes.