Hip-hop superstar Nelly has swapped his life in front of the lens to move behind the camera - for a special issue of Playboy magazine.

The HOT IN HERRE rapper bagged the lucky job of photographing a bevy of scantily-clad beauties for the April (03) issue of the men's publication, as well as a video and DVD called PLAYBOY'S HIP HOP + ROCK, to be released tomorrow (15APR03).

He was one of several musicians to take part in the event, including JA RULE, Xzibit, DMX, BRET MICHAELS, Tommy Lee, and Korn's Jonathan Davis.

Legendary Playboy founder HUGH HEFNER says the guest photographers "took their work very seriously."