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Audio CD, CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, September 16, 2008
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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.
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.
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His first LP Country Grammar was an amazing CD. Just about every song besides maybe one was done phenomenally. Nellyville wasn't as good. About a third of the songs fell into the failure category. Sweat/Suit had a few diamonds in the rough but well over half the songs were WAY too mainstream/pop for my liking.
Enter Brass Knuckles: Nelly's best CD since Country Grammar. When I purchased this CD I figured it would need more than one playthrough to grow on me. Not the case at all. After one playthrough I can say this CD is pretty amazing. In his four year break Nelly must have rethought how he'd approach his new CD. Instead of songs that are without heart he decided to throw everything he got in this one. I've read "official" reviews from Rolling Stone and other such magazines and they say the album is "lack-luster" and "monotonus" but I have to disagree.
U Ain't Him - This song set the tone for the rest of the CD quite well. It suprised me how much this song felt like it could totally fit on Country Grammar, it is that good.
Hold Up - This song features two heavy hitters, LL Cool J and T.I. how could it be bad? The only gripe I have with this song is they brag too much about how much money they have and how little the rest of us have. Ok guys, you got the flow, and everyone already knows you got the dough. Talk about something else please.
LA - Nelly tears this song up from start to finish. A tribute to LA straight from the Midwest. I would've liked Snoop Dogg to have a bigger part in the song than just the chorus but a good song none-the-less.
Long Night - A type of song that's a given on a Nelly CD. Not bad lyric wise, but definately not my cup of tea. Usher does very well on this song however.
Lie - Along the same lines as the song above. All about the lies women tell. Again not my cup of tea.
Party People - The best song on the CD, period. From the first line Nelly spits it's a non-stop blaze of glory. This song is definately a pumper. It got me going ala the song Country Grammar, although I wouldn't say it's on the same level. Even Fergie, who I'm not a fan of in the least, has a verse that was nothing short of amazing. It really suprised me that she could pull off something like it.
Self Esteem - If Party People wasn't on the CD this would definately be my favorite song. Chuck D from Public Enemy? How did Nelly pull that one off?! A great upbeat song about overcoming adversity.
Body On Me - Decent song. All about how horny guys can get. Ashanti's got the voice and Akon is good too.
J'z - Along the same like as Air Force Ones. All about a sneaker. Only Nelly could pull this off and not become a laughing stock. Not bad at all.
Let it go Lil Momma - Just like any other song by any other rapper featuring Pharrell. You hear one you hear them all... Probably my least favorite song on the album.
One and Only - The one and only song he does solo on this entire album. Some people may see this as a weakness but with all the A-list collabos on here I can't really fault him on it. And when most of them only do chorus's I count those songs as a solo from Nelly.
Chill - Mediocre at best. Definately sounds like something from Sweat/Suit. Not a fav of mine by any means.
Who F's With Me - Nelly tears this track up. One of the best songs on the CD. I actually replayed the song after it was done.
UCUD GEDIT - If only he didn't feature R. Kelly this song would have been awesome. Was great except for that fact.
Overall the only songs I really didn't like were the ones featuring St. Lunatics. I guess my tastes don't change over the years. Usually the songs I don't like on Nelly's albums are the ones with them on it...
I would have given this CD a 5/5 stars if it didn't have 2 songs on it. 4.5 out of 5 though.
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. "Body On Me", a rather underrated single restores some momentum, and a couple of great proceeding tracks via "Stepped on My J'z" (featuring JD & Ciara) and "Let It Go Lil' Mama" (featuring Pharrell) finally bring some muscularity to a rather tepid album. From there, BRASS KNUCKLES falls on its arse with a couple of forgettable uninspired numbers ("One and Only", "Chill", "Who F***s Wit Me", and "Ucud Gedit").
It's unfortunate for Nelly BRASS KNUCKLES turned out so tepid. I don't recommend this album, particularly with many better hip-hop albums (Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, The Game...) 2 stars is generous.