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Brass Knuckles Explicit Lyrics

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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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 16, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: September 16, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Motown Records
  • ASIN: B000UMM722
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,482 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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