Artist: Nelly

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Album:Nellyville

Nellyville

Nelly

When your debut album scans 8x platinum, why mess with the formula? That’s what Nelly must have been thinking on Nellyville, as he virtually carbon-copies the Country Grammar template on his follow-up. This time around, though, unusually large chunks of his rhyme schemes are fixated on tales of his rise from rags-to-bitches. On tracks like “Work It” (which sadly features Justin Timberlake of toy band ‘N Sync) and the title track, hip-hop’s materialistic excess hits a fever pitch. Still, “bling, bling” never sounded so good over St. Lunatics in-house…

Album:Suit

Suit

Nelly

The biggest (and only relevant) member of the St. Lunatics crew fully indulges his rap-meets-R&B fixations on the enjoyable (if predictable) Suit. Whereas companion CD Sweat is geared toward the male thugs in the clubs, this one’s for the thugettes. More lyrically compelling than Sweat, Suit shows a softer, more cerebral, less flashy side to St. Louis’s favorite son. Check out “Die for You,” Nelly’s ode to youth, and the calypso-tinged, introspective “In My Life,” which reveals a more worldly rap duke underneath the band aids and…

Album:Country Grammar

Country Grammar

Nelly

With the No Limit and Cash Money crews having permanently seared the once-ignored Deep South into the hip-hop map, Nelly arrives to make a mark for the heretofore uncelebrated St. Louis scene. After outlining the rules of the game from lifestyle (gats, grass, and sex) to wardrobe (he cuffs his jeans like Beaver Cleaver), the rapper offers scenario after scenario depicting the gangsta world as one big party; he and his crew seem much more interested in fellatio than shootouts. The title single, which preceded this CD’s release by months, is the clear standout with…

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