16 December 2008

MM Vol 2 - 118 - Nelly


MM Vol 2 #118

Nelly

"Hot In Herre"

(2002)
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Genre: Hip Hop
a mans best friend ... even till the end
Gawd .... it's been a while. Whenever i get to busy with life, or in this case the "recession" we now find ourselves living in, has made me go back to work. Not that i have ever stopped working, i just mean getting out from behind the screen and physically work. And it's not a good transition that. Sitting like a blob for 5 years and then someone shoving a shovel (ah poetry) in your hand and start digging till the light in the tunnel is actually at the same point you started. So after 4 weeks of gruelling PD and some 10kgs ago here i find myself wanting to write an entry for Definitive 1000 and i cannot remember the sequence of how i have always html it!
So what a better way to refresh myself is to experiment till the rustiness falls from the ever shrinking brain on MM Vol 2 ....... Plus not to mention it's been almost 4 months since i last wrote here ... gasp. Now where was i ... oh yeah 2002 ahhhhh the good ole days.
Fuck this recession.
dang lady shavers
Nelly's debut album, Country Grammar, was a left-field surprise smash hit, racking up a number of hits and turning the Midwestern pop-rapper into an overnight superstar. It's perhaps little surprise then that his follow-up, Nellyville, sticks to the script. Like Country Grammar, it's produced almost entirely by newcomer Jason "Jay E" Epperson, and it too relies on catchy, singalong hooks that are more pop than rap. Moreover, there are some clear, clever rewrites here, with "Pimp Juice" in particular relying on the same slow-grooving rhythm that made "Country Grammar" and "E.I." such jams two summers earlier. Nelly also retains his tough-guy posturing here -- he's no gangsta, nor is he an outright thug, but he is awfully damn cocky and a lot gruffer than your typical teen pop star.
count em FOUR
All of this makes Nellyville just as good as its predecessor. What makes it two or three notches better, however, are the few occasions where Nelly tries something new -- namely on "Hot in Herre," "Dilemma," and "Rock the Mic," three well-calculated, standout moments. The first is a trademark Neptunes production with an infectious hook, tailor-made for radio and club play; the second is a straight, saccharine interpolation of Patti LaBelle's 1983 hit "Love, Need and Want You" that features a duet with Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland, and is as likely to appeal to those who are old enough to know the original as those who are too young to realize how much of a straight cover this is; and the third is a remix of Beanie Sigel and Freeway's previously released hit for Roc-a-Fella, and is one of the only pure hip-hop moments here, and a welcome one at that. All of this amounts to a sure-fire pop-rap album that should not only please anyone who enjoyed Country Grammar, it should attract yet more fans who will be drawn in by the few aforementioned standout moments of pop calculation. And that's not even mentioning the Justin Timberlake feature, which should be a draw in itself for many teen pop fans. [The U.K. version adds the bonus track "Stick Out Ya Wrist."] ~ [Jason Birchmeier, All Music Guide]
For more Nelly see MM Vol 2 #114
This song has a crowbarred rating of 81.8 out of 108
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