Brass Knuckles

Brass Knuckles

by Nelly
     
 

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Release date delays and hype that just doesn't pan out are nothing new or rare in the world of urban music, but Nelly's 2008 release could be the quintessential result. Fitting squarely in the middle of the "troubled album" spectrum, Brass Knuckles is neither a disaster nor a brilliant mistake. It's an album where the forgettable lowsSee more details below

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Release date delays and hype that just doesn't pan out are nothing new or rare in the world of urban music, but Nelly's 2008 release could be the quintessential result. Fitting squarely in the middle of the "troubled album" spectrum, Brass Knuckles is neither a disaster nor a brilliant mistake. It's an album where the forgettable lows marginalize the towering highs, while the feeling that something is missing covers it all. Maybe it's Nelly's dream collaboration with Bruce Springsteen that never happened or the lack of any fresh, breakthrough number, but this parade of mostly unsurprising pop-rap tracks has no anchor. Still, there are plenty of winners, as the macho thug anthem "U Ain't Him" with Rick Ross kicks open the door with proper swagger. Snoop and Nate Dogg dominate with their G-funk memories on the very good "LA," while both the Akon vehicle "Body on Me" and the Jermaine Dupri production "Stepped on My J'Z" are great singles, polished to perfection with hooks that last. On the other hand, the single "Party People" with Fergie feels like a dull outtake from either of Nelly's 2004 albums Sweat or Suit, while the Neptunes production "Let It Go Lil' Mama" ruins its wicked beat with clichéd lyrics from both Nelly and Pharrell. While the LL Cool J and Chuck D appearances are worth hearing, they fail to pull the ambitious, loud, and cocksure Brass Knuckles out of its three-star, been there, done that rut. [Brass Knuckles was also made available in a clean version with all explicit material removed.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2008
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0602517492561
catalogNumber:
001015102

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nelly   Primary Artist
Brian Kennedy   Keyboards
Ambassadors   Keyboards
Elvis Williams   Keyboards
Brian Kennedy   Keyboards
Alicia Parker   Percussion
Free Agentz   Various
Wyshmaster   Various

Technical Credits

Chuck D   Composer
Jermaine Dupri   Producer,Audio Production
Chris Gehringer   Mastering
Carl Nappa   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Anthony Terrebonne   Engineer
Sandy Brummels   Art Direction
Fred Guarino   Engineer
Neptunes   Audio Production
John Horesco   Engineer
Nelly   Executive Producer
Jason Schweitzer   Engineer
Akon   Audio Production
Joe Spix   Art Direction
Tony Davis   Management
Sean Garrett   Producer,Audio Production
Kelly "Becky 4 Real" Sheehan   Engineer
Giorgio Tuinfort   Producer
Theron "Neff U" Feemster   Producer,Audio Production
Jason Schuester   Engineer
Boom Batt   Audio Production
G. Koop   Producer,Engineer
David "Smitty" Smith   Engineer
Free Agentz   Audio Production
Wyshmaster   Programming,Audio Production
LROC   Audio Production
Polow da Don   Producer,Audio Production

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