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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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
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 clich├ęd 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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  • Release Date: 9/16/2008
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 602517492561
  • Catalog Number: 001015102

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Disc 1
  1. 1 U Ain't Him - Rick Ross (3:15)
  2. 2 Hold Up (3:48)
  3. 3 La (4:23)
  4. 4 Long Night (3:15)
  5. 5 Lie - St. Lunatics (4:20)
  6. 6 Party People - Fergie (3:58)
  7. 7 Self-Esteem (3:37)
  8. 8 Body on Me - Akon (3:29)
  9. 9 Stepped on My J'Z - Ciara (5:03)
  10. 10 Let It Go Lil' Mama - Lil' Mama (4:22)
  11. 11 One and Only (4:19)
  12. 12 Chill - St. Lunatics (5:42)
  13. 13 Who F***s Wit Me - Avery Storm (4:08)
  14. 14 Ucud Gedit - Gucci Mane (4:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nelly Primary Artist
Brian Kennedy Keyboards
The Ambassadors Keyboards
Elvis Williams Keyboards
Brian Kennedy Keyboards
Alicia Parker Percussion
Free Agentz Various
The 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
The Neptunes Audio Production
John Horesco IV 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
The Wyshmaster Programming, Audio Production
LROC Audio Production
Polow da Don Producer, Audio Production
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