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Derrty Versions: The Reinvention

Da Derrty Versions: The Reinvention

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by Nelly

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Orchestrated by St. Lunatics producer Jay E. as well as sonic innovators the Neptunes, Jermaine Dupri, and David Banner, Nelly's Da Derrty Versions: The Reinvention features remixes of his biggest hits from Country Grammar and Nellyville. The disc also features several new songs, including the Neptunes-produced "Iz U."


Orchestrated by St. Lunatics producer Jay E. as well as sonic innovators the Neptunes, Jermaine Dupri, and David Banner, Nelly's Da Derrty Versions: The Reinvention features remixes of his biggest hits from Country Grammar and Nellyville. The disc also features several new songs, including the Neptunes-produced "Iz U."

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Even considering the sudden proliferation of excellent rap remixes no doubt prompting its release, Nelly's Da Derrty Versions: The Reinvention was a questionable undertaking from a listener standpoint. After all, it's no secret that by and large there are two kinds of remix albums: those that are intended to showcase production genius, often expanding upon a given popular artist's work creatively, and those that are intended to cash in, often recycling a given popular artist's work commercially -- and while the former albums are generally interesting complements (think underground dance music), the latter ones are generally throwaway stopgappers (think Bobby Brown's Dance!...Ya Know It!). Nelly's venture into the remix arena aims to be an interesting complement to his canon -- an album that is intended to showcase the production genius of his right-hand man, Jason "Jay E" Epperson, and expand upon big hits like "Country Grammar (Hot Shit)," "Hot in Herre," and "Dilemma" with new beats and guest rappers. For instance, Nelly even narrates the album in an interviewer/interviewee format that is intended to shed light on his creative process (and also showcase his cooler-than-thou fronting). However, whether the overall intentions here are sincere or not, Da Derrty Versions ends up playing like a cash-in. The main problem is that Nelly seemingly put more effort into the album's narration than its actual music -- his raps and hooks are pasted as is, for the most part. Epperson ends up carrying most of the weight, producing pretty much everything here (the Jermaine Dupri remix of "Dilemma" and a pair of David Banner remixes being notable exceptions). Of course, when you let a producer remix his own songs, within a strictly commercial context with few liberties, the output isn't going to be vastly different from the input, and that's most certainly the case here. Thankfully, there's an ace new song, "Iz U," and a couple good third-party contributions: E-40's typically E-40 lacing of "Country Grammar (Hot Shit)," and David Banner's remix of "Air Force Ones," which also features Eightball. It's also a pleasure to hear Ron Isley's timeless crooning on the "Pimp Juice" remix.

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Performance Credits

Nelly   Primary Artist,Interviewee
Brian McKnight   Guest Appearance
E-40   Guest Appearance
Tru   Guest Appearance
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Ronald Isley   Guest Appearance
Craig Love   Guitar
Steve Eigner   Guitar
Kelly Rowland   Guest Appearance
Clipse   Guest Appearance
Justin Timberlake   Guest Appearance
8Ball   Guest Appearance
Billy Hume   Acoustic Guitar,Bass
St. Lunatics   Guest Appearance
David Banner   Guest Appearance
Dani Stevenson   Vocals
Waiel "Wally" Yaghnam   Percussion,Group Member
Jason "Jay E" Epperson   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Young Sears   Keyboards
King Jacob   Guest Appearance
TJ Oster   Guitar
Chocolate Thai   Guest Appearance
Matt Brauss   Bass
Bryan Loss   Drums
Jeremy Von Nida   Guitar
Jake Arnold   Electric Guitar
Basement Beats   Group
Jayson Bridges   Group Member

Technical Credits

Charles Brown   Composer
Brian McKnight   Composer
E-40   Composer
Carl Nappa   Engineer
Kevin Law   Producer
Sandy Brummels   Art Direction
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Steve Eigner   Engineer
Brian Garten   Engineer
Chad Hugo   Composer
Kelly Rowland   Composer
DB Cook   Composer
Justin Timberlake   Composer
8Ball   Composer
Nelly   Composer,Executive Producer
Ali   Composer
Kyjuan   Composer
Waiel "Wally" Yaghnam   Composer
Murphy Lee   Composer
Jason "Jay E" Epperson   Composer,Producer
Pusha T   Composer
Prentice Church   Composer
King Jacob   Composer
Jake Robinson   Engineer
Bryan Loss   Engineer
Keith Brent   Road Manager
Tony Davis   Management
Dawntanya Smith   Interviewer
Scott Storch   Composer

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Da Derrty Versions: The Reinvention 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nelly, what were you thinking? This album is horrible. I got it as a gift and was listening to it in my car. It's now somewhere on I-95. This album is just trying to make more money on original songs. If this album does well then it's due 100% to dedicated Nelly fans or people that shouldn't be able to have control of their Credit Card/Cash. This album by far is the worst album he's made and I hope when it doesn't even go platinum then he'll realize he's a joke.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this album by Nelly is very creative because he brought back a lot of his old songs from previous albums to this album. But the songs were all hits when they came out, for example Hot in Herre was a number one hit in the year 2003, and Dilemmma featuring Kelly Roland was also a number one requested song in the year 2002. Not only did Nelly bring back these great hits but he also reinvented the songs or changed them around to make them even better. Pretty good huh, well theres more, Nelly even added a couple of new songs like Iz U and E.I.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Note: this is not a remix album full of recycled trax, these are songs that were reinvented. There weren't any really godd songs on here, all of them we have already heard on previous albums, except for Iz u, which is pretty good. Also, the hot in herrre reinvention sounds a bit pop, it probably won't be enjoyed by rap fans, and the E I tipdrill remix didnt really sound like E I, but was a bit too repetitive. there was also another E I remix on it, and personally, I think that 1 'reinvention' is good enough. I think this is a pretty good party album , but even other Nelly fans that have been listening since country gramma will be dissapointed. I would recommend this album to new Nelly fans, not seasoned Nelly fans. Although many fans probably already have this album and most likely think of me as a hater, but somewhere deep inside of them, they agree with me, and know what I'm talking about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is put in the form of an interview between songs, so number one is just the intro. I liked the country grammar remix than the first one, E-40 made it better. My favorite song on the cd is probably 7. If.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All in all... the CD is Nelly. I bought the CD for one reason: Shake Ya Tail Feathers. But,the song is SO mixed I can't even recognize it so I feel like I got ripped off! I'm also not real fond of the chit chat between the songs.