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M.O.

Nelly

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Album Review

Even if Nelly had his most successful single in years with 2010's "Just a Dream," his defining numbers go back over a decade before this 2013 release, with "Country Grammar" landing in 2000 and the massive "Hot in Herre" dropping in 2002. The serene and smooth "Just a Dream" was also an odd duck for the party-time rapper as he always seemed more comfortable popping bottles and dropping drawers, so the semi-sweet M.O. splits the difference, dropping "Just a Dream" sequels like the uplifting "Heaven" with Daley, and the less-successful "Headphones" with Nelly Furtado, a rap-by-numbers "we need something that sounds like B.o.B's 'Airplanes'" track. The rapper Nelly's unique voice — high-pitched but soulful enough not to be strident — is surprisingly up to the task of these ballads, and he sounds sincere even when the material is unexceptional, but the creative flights of fancy found on his previous album, 5.0, are back too, only this time, they're the highlights. "Rick James" with T.I. is a disco-funk joy fueled by Pharrell Williams in full Neptunes mode with live drums and a slowly rocking beat, but the album cut to cherish is the effortless stunner "Maryland, Massachusetts," where Nelly rattles off "Keep a bad bitch from St. Louis to Vallejo/Your bitches they don't exist, Manti Te'o" and a bunch of other clever stingers. That guests tend to rule their cuts as "Idgaf" is so Pharrell it's almost N.E.R.D., while "100K" sounds like 2 Chainz even before the rapper hits the cut, while Nicki Minaj drops the fantastic common misuse couplet "You should follow my example/Bitch i.e." during the excellent "Get Like Me." Still, that Minaj feature opens the album when it would have been better placed down the track list, and with some redundant numbers to consider, M.O. is both a step up from his previous effort and a mixed bag to rejigger and edit. [A Deluxe Edition added four bonus tracks.]

Customer Reviews

What is this a mix tape?

The problem with this album is there are simply too many guest apperances and its over saturated with jingles masking as hooks. Nelly has become complacent relying guest apperances to help fill in the gaps on songs where he only wrote maybe 8 or 16 bars. This album or should I say mix tape is one of Nelly's less than stellar works.

Terrible

This guy is nothing like he use to be. What happen to the St. Lunatics? This is whack

No.

Just no. Who is this album really by, Taio Cruz? Bruno Mars? This isn't Nelly. Straight hating on this album. This just makes me want to go blast Country Grammar.

Biography

Born: November 2, 1974 in St. Louis, MO

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A savvy pop-rapper with crossover appeal, Nelly seemed like a novelty when he first debuted in 2000 with "Country Grammar (Hot...)," yet he was no one-hit wonder, consistently returning to the pop charts with smash hits like "Hot in Herre," "Grillz," and "Dilemma." His universality was partly rooted in his hometown — the Gateway City, officially known as St. Louis, Missouri — which set him apart from all of the prevailing rap styles of his time. He wasn't from the East or West Coast,...
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  • $13.99
  • Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, Music, Rap
  • Released: Sep 30, 2013
  • Parental Advisory

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