I hated Nelly when “Country Grammar” first dropped. But to be fair, I pretty much hated everything in the year 2000. Let’s just say I was in a surly period of my life, and leave it at that. This ire certainly applied to pretty much everything one would hear on top 40 during the year 2000, back when the radio and the monoculture were still enough of a thing that you couldn’t avoid them even if you tried, which I did. In just a few years, this would no longer be the case. You would easily be able to tune everything out and live in your own world, if you wanted to. But back then you were going to have a shared culture-wide experience whether you asked for it or not.