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Brass Knuckles [Explicit Lyrics]

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By now the story of Grammy-winning, multiplatinum hip-hop superstar-actor-entrepreneur-philanthropist Nelly’s meteoric rise to stardom is a well-known, oft-recited part of hip-hop history. The standout member of the St. Louis rap collective the St. Lunatics inks a deal with Universal Motown Records, drops a sizzling single called “Country Grammar” with a familiar nursery ... Read more in Amazon's Nelly Store

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  • Audio CD (September 16, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: September 16, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B000UMM722
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,617 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. U Ain't Him feat. Rick Ross
2. Hold Up feat. LL Cool J and T.I.
3. LA feat. Snoop and Nate Dog
4. Long Night feat. Usher
5. Lie feat. St. Lunatics
6. Party People feat.Fergie
7. Self-Esteem feat. Chuck D
8. Body On Me feat. Akon and Ashanti
9. Stepped On My J'z feat. Ciara and JD
10. Let It Go Lil Momma feat. Pharrell One and Only
11. One And Only
12. Who F**ks w/ Me feat. Avery Storm
13. UCUD GEDIT feat. Gucci Mane and R. Kelly

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About the Artist

In the summer months of 2000, steam rose off the banks of the Mississippi River. With the single "Hot," Cornell "Nelly" Haynes, an unknown rapper from a sleepy Midwestern metropolis stunned the recording industry, selling over a quarter of a million copies of his debut album Country Grammar during its first week of release. Nelly quickly proved his star potential with follow up singles "E.I" and "Ride Wit Me" on an album that would go onto sell 9 million copies -- the spirited rapper from St. Louis, Missouri had indeed brought the heat.

Out of the gate, the staying power of this breakout artist from the Midwest was underestimated by coastal critics, a naïve assumption that Nelly would easily overcome. Two years later, his sophomore album Nellyville established his widespread appeal, selling 6 million albums and earning him two Grammies for the singles "Hot in Herre" and "Dilemma."

The gateway to the Wild West, St. Louis has long struck a chord producing unforgettable talents that stand the test of time - Chuck Berry, Ike and Tina Turner and Miles Davis. For a generation raised with hip hop sensibilities, Nelly has taken the reigns as the residing voice, blending smooth Southern cadence and Midwestern inflection that ride easy over beats and infectious hooks. It's 2008 and with 35 million records sold, Nelly is one of the industry's top recording artists. Yet, he remains the voice of the tough town with heart. It's high time for Nelly to show and prove once again with his fifth studio album titled Brass Knuckles.

His track record is irrefutable -- there's the platinum-selling remix album Da Derrty Versions (The Reinvention) in 2003 and another Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group with "Shake Ya Tailfeather" a collaboration with Murphy Lee and P Diddy. Even in a more fickle market, he's still managed to score platinum on not one, but two albums Sweat and Suit released simultaneously in 2004. On Suit he challenged the formula for a hit record collaborating with country music icon Tim McGraw on the number one "Over & Over." This unique approach elevated him to four number one hits -- the most by a male artist in the Top 40 charts.

While Nelly was destined for solo stardom, he's a resolute team player who builds off those who've been there for the journey. He introduced the world to his group the St Lunatics including Ali, Murphy Lee, Kyjuan and Slo Down with the platinum album Free City in 2001. This released propelled solo careers, including Murphy Lee's platinum album Murphy's Law, released on Derrty Entertainment, Nelly's joint venture with Universal Records. The label is one of Nelly's business ventures.

Nelly remains an artist to the core, albeit one with an uncanny business savvy. His clothing lines for men and women Vokal and Apple Bottoms are sold in major department stores and his beverage, Pimp Juice (inspired by a hit song under the same name) has sold millions of units and been recognized by beverage industry as the "People's Choice" for best energy drink. He is a part owner of the NBA expansion team, the Charlotte Bobcats.

The sporting world is a natural fit for Nelly, who was a serious shortstop slugger for his suburban University City high school team, scouted by the Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves before music called. He came full circle to the field performing at Super Bowl XXXV and XXXVIII in 2001 and 2004. Most recently he opened Skybox, a St. Louis sports bar and grill and is putting together a multi-million dollar athletic facility.

Nelly, who is still an active athlete, relied on his training to ready himself for his major film debut in the "Longest Yard" starring alongside Burt Reynolds, Adam Sandler and Chris Rock. The film showed yet another talented side of Nelly, who held his own with the box-office stars.

Many artists lose themselves in the glare of stardom, but Nelly has remained true. Perhaps, that has to do with his roots in St. Louis - and the people who've been there for him.To date, nine lives have been saved by the foundations efforts to match donors.With so many ventures under his belt, how does Nelly find time for music? It's easy when you've got something to say and audience hungry to listen. Take a closer look at Nelly -- this summer the heat is still rising off the Mississippi.

Product Description

2008 release from the Hip Hop superstar, one of the most anticipated releases of the year. Production includes some of the hottest producers on the scene today: Polow Da Don, Pharrell and JD to name a few. In the summer of 2000, Nelly, an unknown rapper from St. Louis, Missouri, sold of a quarter of a million copies of his debut album, Country Grammar during its first week of release. Two years later, in the summer of 2002, Nelly proved to be no one-hit wonder when his sophomore album Nellyville came in at the number one position on Billboard's Top 200 chart. In 2003, he released a platinum-selling remix album, Da Derrty Versions (The Reinvention). Cumulatively, Nelly has sold close to 30 million singles/albums worldwide establishing him as on of the top-selling artists of our time. Currently there are two hit singles at radio: 'Step On My J'z' (featuring JD and Ciara) and 'Body On Me (featuring Ashanti and Akon.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I Used To Like Nelly September 17, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Nelly and producer Jason Epperson made miracles in 2000 when they with a very restrained budget managed to make "Country Grammar" one of the most sold albums of the year with hits like the title track, peaking at #7 "Ride With Me" #3 and "E.I" #15. Nelly combines alot of Dirty South elements with swagger, by singing the infectious hooks and rapping with a very unique flow that perfectly matched the sound, thus being a pioneer for populizing Southern Hip Hop aswell as making it commercial enough for the charts, something that was rare for Southern Hip Hop at this point, aswell as Rap songs becoming top #10 hits hits in general. Although "Country Grammar" wasn't an exellent album by any means it ultimately sold 15 million copies. Nelly's success was a fact. Nelly's next album "Nellyville" almost sold as much and while it continued where his first album left off, it also expanded his boundary by a couple of massive hits, in particular The Neptunes produced "Hot in Herre" that spent 7 weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts only to be suceeded by of his own Hip Hop ballad "Dilemma" with Kelly Rowland, a cleaver remake of Patti Labelle's 1983 hit "Love, Need and Want You". It would spend another 7 weeks as #1 aswell as the #3 hit "Air Force Ones" about Nike Shoes. In 2004 Nelly decided to release two albums simultaneously, the club friendly "Sweat" and the more laid back "Suit". Read more ›
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Miss on Nelly's Part September 27, 2008
Format:Audio CD
After the great SUIT, Nelly was truly on top of his game. As poppish as that album was, it was strong. Who would've thought that Nelly would ever fall out of the limelight or that his pop-rap excursions would fall flat. Both of those terrible things happen on BRASS KNUCKLES. After a 4 year hiatus, you would expect that Nelly would be ready to comeback with a star-studded 4-star affair, much like SUIT was 4 years ago (Sweatsuit was issued in 2005 combining SUIT/SWEAT). BRASS KNUCKLES, much like Jay-Z's KINGDOM COME comeback falls short. The difference between those two is that KINGDOM COME was at least enjoyable. BRASS KNUCKLES just plain feels second-rate. Even the standout tracks aren't nearly as potent as Nelly's past triumphs - "Body On Me" featuring Akon and Ashanti feels stale, even though it is on of BRASS KNUCKLES standout's. "Party People" is fun enough, but its overall stupidity catches up quickly. I mean, Fergie rapping was so 2006. Evidently, Nelly rapping was so 2004, since he sounds so uninspired on BRASS KNUCKLES.

The album opens mediocrely with "U Ain't Him" featuring the ubiquitous Rick Ross. It's nothing to write home about for sure. The T.I./LL Cool J featuring "Hold Up" is at least fun, and the beat is sick, but still, it doesn't truly captivate the listener. "La" features an uninspiring Snoop Dogg, which does nothing for the momentum of the album. Usher shines on "Long Night", unfortunately, the track is forgettable. "Lie" featuring the St. Lunatics is average as well and ultimately forgettable. "Party People" featuring Fergie has only so much sustaining power before a couple of listens makes it sound as uninspired as everything else. "Self-Esteem" featuring Chuck D is a clear-cut miss and perhaps one of the corniest Nelly tracks - EVER.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars nelly's falling off for those clubgoers December 11, 2008
Format:Audio CD
man nelly made the best dirty south for somebody in st. louis man this is wack the songs with fergie, ciara, and jd are good onlyu for those club goers but that's it the rest of this cd which features snoop, ludacris, akon and his girlfriend ashanti is really bubblegum pass this one by. and the cover nelly lookas very metrosexual or on the down low.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What happened Nelly?!!!? 1.5 stars September 23, 2008
Format:Audio CD
These days rappers simply cannot afford to take a long hiatus from dropping albums but Nelly thought he could get away with it. It's been four years since SweatSuit, which going by the type of rapper Nelly is, was actually pretty good. Skip to 2008. Nelly has returned with Brass Knuckles. But rather than producing a knockout album this album is very well uh..pedestrian. Nelly has not improved at all over 4 years and it definitely shows. His first couple singles failed to do anything on the charts or create a buzz because they simply weren't good. Party People is horrible. Ciara completely saves the lifeless Stepped On My J'z and Akon does the same thing on Body On Me. As a matter of fact the guests completely outshine Nelly on every song (except for the St. Lunatics of course). T.I. comes through and completely wrecks shop on Hold Up and even LL Cool J drops a good verse (better than anything on his own horrible album Exit 13).

I was excited to see Gucci Mane and R. Kelly featured on this album on UCud GET It but Nelly completely stinks up the place and Gucci only does the chorus! What a disappointment. Long Night with Usher is a good song though.

Nelly simply failed with this album. It's almost as if he lost all his personality. What happened to songs like Pimp Juice or Hot In Herre? I know he wasn't a lyrical genius or anything but he was at least engaging when he rapped. Not so anymore...he's fell off. The album has a lazy undertone like he's not even trying. It's frustrating. It is better than LL Cool J's album though. But ya know maybe Nelly will get his act together for one last hurrah because another album like this and it is over and done for him as far as rapping is concerned.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Undefeated
NELLY brings his A game with this Album. this is my fourth time buying it, because it is always stolen out of my car after I play it for someone who doubts Nelly. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MzDAy
5.0 out of 5 stars Speaks for me
This ones all about the lyrics. Aside from great riffs and a rockin' backbeat, Nelly plugs into some deep emotional states. Makes one feel it.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars hot
This music is good for a hot date night..did not care for it during the day while driving because its not relaxing but at night with a date its awesome!
Published 12 months ago by RG
1.0 out of 5 stars not good
The box is completed broken...the cd is ok but the box is going to the trash...its not a good way to sell
Published 18 months ago by andre laires borges
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Did I mention that I would be a professional Nelly stalker if I hadn't so much to do in my life??? This is amust have for any Nelly fans, each track is a hit and will sure to... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ghetto Lucy
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Nelly Album Ever...
I love Nelly, or I used to love Nelly, but hate him for having me waist my money on this terrible album. Hot cover, but that's about it!!!
Published on October 1, 2009 by F. Reyes
3.0 out of 5 stars Past His Prime
In 2008, Nelly released "Brass Knuckles." Although it was a decent album, it didn't match previous efforts. Read more
Published on July 23, 2009 by M. Lindberg
3.0 out of 5 stars It was a good pop hiphop album!
Nelly's time is slowly fading away! Which is sad because I'm from that area, and we all love Nelly! The thing i always liked about nelly, and most of the general public. Read more
Published on April 19, 2009 by RJ
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good comeback.
This album was received very promptly. I'm pretty pleased with the music although there's a couple of songs I'm not really crazy about but overall enjoy listening to it at work. Read more
Published on January 23, 2009 by Ashlee K. Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars ...Dr. Seuss / Mother Goose Rhymes
It's sad what Hip Hop became during the time when Nelly was hot and what we're seeing and hearing now are the remnants of that time in hip hop - these simple word rhyming dudes are... Read more
Published on December 17, 2008 by Sublevel Management LLC
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