our score: 3.5 out of 5.0
After a very
successfull debut with Country Grammar, the man from St.
Louis returns with his second album, Nellyville. With two
singles already major hits ("Hot In Herre" and "#1"),
Nellyville is well on its way to joining Country Grammar's
afraid to flash the bling bling, rock the ice, and all that jazz
that Country Grammar brought him. Unfortunately, this is
what almost every other hip-pop album is centered on, and it's
old hash. Luckily for Nelly, he does it with a unique flair. "Air
Force Ones" is entirely devoted to his fascination with shoes,
but is catchy enough to maintain interest. "Splurge"
illustrates Nelly is "feeling good about himself so I, splurge
a little" and that "it's about time."
Juice" lays it out in a fittingly funky groove, spouting
off about Nelly's sexual prowress. He comes correct when he pays
homage to the females, citing "Bitches got the pimp juice
too, come to think about it they got more than we do. They got,
more juice in they talk, more juice in they walk...".
pop superstar Justin Timberlake on "Work It," which
marks the second time N'Sync and Nelly have collaborated (Nelly
appeared on a remix of N'Sync's "Girlfriend"), yielding
the same pop sound both times. Nellyville also includes
a remix of "Roc the Mic," which is even better this
time around, featuring Freeway, Beanie Sigel, and Murphy Lee.
aside, Nellyville offers a different perspective on Nelly
and his status in hip-pop. Even though it is a melting pot of
pop and hip-hop, Nelly keeps it 'street' enough with slick lyrics
and beats that will make you nod your head and turn up the volume.
2. Gettin' It Started
3. Hot In Herre
4. Dem Boyz
5. Oh Nelly
6. Pimp Juice
7. Air Force Ones
8. In The Store
9. On The Grind
12. Work It
13. Roc The Mic - Remix
14. The Gank
18. Say Now
19. **** It Then