Sweat works its way through all the hallmarks we’ve come to expect from Nelly records: the electro-syncopated beats, the droolingly witty rhymes (”Sex in the city, sex in the country/Sex in the zoo, right behind the monkeys”), and enough references to his financial portfolio to make you think you’re hearing a singing CEO. Buffeted by a sample of Curtis Mayfield’s ”Superfly,” Nelly and Christina Aguilera slurp each other up in ”Tilt Ya Head Back,” and he dabbles in synthreggae (”River Don’t Runn”) and bombast (”Heart of a Champion,” surely a future sports-show anthem). The album inevitably deteriorates into generic boasts via guest rappers, and the single ”Flap Your Wings” is a lame retread of Nelly past.
(Nelly: Kwaku Alston/Corbis Outline)
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap; Lead Performer: Nelly; Producer (group): Universal; Status: In Season
Posted September 17 2004 — 12:00 AM EDT
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