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Witness the destruction of a genre,
This review is from: Nellyville (Audio CD)
You get mixed expressions just at the mention of the N word. Some use it freely, others frown upon it and say it degrades what others have worked so hard to achieve. I am of course talking about Nelly. And so "Nellyville" will probably recieve more mixed reviews than any other sophomore album. The album opens with the title track, a funk-drive guitar and bassline set the scene for Nelly to paint a world that is all his own. And what a world it is, a place where "Nobody living average, everybody jing-a-lang/ nobody living savage errbody got chains/ even the paper boy deliver out the back of the range". On tracks like this, you wonder why Nelly would ever lower his standards to make such tracks as the NSync collaboration. When the lead-off single "Hot In Herre" kicks in, you can't help but move your body to the typically perfect Neptunes beat. With Nelly's irresistable country slur and the female singing "I wanna take my clothes off" on the infectuous hook, the track is a definite party starter.
"Dem Boyz" and "Oh Nelly" then return to the same formula heard on "Country Grammar". A low sung hook over "uh-ooh's" show that his sound is possibly the most unique in hip hop. Unfortunately, Nelly doesn't stick to this for the majority of the album this time. Instead you get tracks such as the tired "On The Grind", and Nelly then tries to put a new twist on his sound on "The Gank" to only fail miserably. For those who say Nelly's rhymes already sound more like nursery rhymes, i can't wait for them to hear "CG2". Nelly revisits his country grammar for part 2 you don't know whether to laugh or cry at the pathetically childish chorus. But you haven't reached the lowest points of the album yet. By the time "Stick Out Ya Wrist" finishes you want to frisbee your CD out of the window. That is track 20, but you might not get past track 12. "Work It" featuring non-other than Justin Timberlake, is just cringe-worthy and you have to side with the likes of KRS One who say Nelly is making a mockery of our beloved genre.
The thing that makes these tracks so annoying bad, is knowing that Nelly is capable of better. The song's subject may be a little strange and laughable, but "Air Force Ones" is a St Louis anthem that really is bound to get you "stomping in your air force ones". Nelly is joined by the St Lunatics for this one, and Murphy Lee again proves that he could just be the one to outshine Nelly. But Nelly reaches the heights of his talent when he teams up with Kelly Rowland for the beautifully crafted "Dilemma". The track is hip hop's most emotionally charged record since LL Cool J's classic "I Need Love". Nelly slows down his flow so that he's virtually serenading Kelly, who proves as she caresses the hook with her sexual tone, there's more to Destiny's Child than Beyonce.
With "Dilemma" and "Air Force Ones" both released as singles, save your money. That is unless of course you don't mind spending it on over an hour of mostly sheer drivel.