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A Tired, But Decent Attempt
on September 30, 2013
Nelly has been in the Rap game for the past dozen years or so and it's probably pretty obvious that he's past his prime. His first three solo efforts had very similar vibes while having some mega hits on all of them. Once he hit his fourth album, Brass Knuckles, he's kind of been off of his game, and M.O. is no exception.
Beats [B-] There are a few gems here such as the Pharrell produced, Idgaf and Get Like Me, but there definitely are some cringe inducing moments. Nelly knows how to make some catchy and original singles, but unfortunately on M.O. the biggest hits are ones that you felt like you've heard before by other artists.
Originality [D] Walk Away and Idgaf are about as original as it gets on M.O. But even then Walk Away is comparable to his hit "Over and Over" with Tim McGraw and Idgaf is a pretty standard Pharrell track. It's also a pretty big disappointment when your lead single is identical to pretty much every other pop-rap smash hit in recent memory. (Listen to Hey Porsche, it sounds almost exactly like Whistle by Flo Rida)
Lyrics [B] Nothing incredibly deep, but it's a standard Nelly affair. Don't expect total crap, but don't expect your mind to be blown either.
Guest Features [B-] Pretty much stereotypical for a rap album aside from the Florida Georgia Line feature. But almost every hip-hop album in recent memory has features from Nicki Minaj, Pharrell, 2 Chainz, T.I., Wiz Khalifa, Trey Songz and Future, which this album has every one of those. It's not necessarily bad, but it's not that great or original either.
Singles [C] Hey Porsche was without a doubt supposed to be the big hit single from M.O., but it kind of sucks to see that it's so mainstream and out of what Nelly really could do with a big song. Get Like Me is somewhat like a new version of Drop It Like It's Hot by Snoop Dogg as it sounds very similar and the vibes are pretty much identical, but it's still does enough different to stand on it's own as a good song. Heaven isn't a bad song, but it's a very heavily auto-tuned mess of trying to be Nelly and mainstream, and it just doesn't work incredibly well. (It hasn't been confirmed yet, but expect to see Idgaf as a future single)
M.O. By Nelly isn't a bad album at all. But he has grown past his prime and it's really starting to show. It's a better album than 5.0 and Brass Knuckles, but it still sounds tired, almost like you've heard it all before.
FINAL SCORE: 5/10
Must Have Songs:
Get Like Me