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Why mess with a good thing? That's Nelly's M.O. on his sophomore disc, Nellyville, which makes the most of the same catchy, nursery-rhyme style flow that propelled his debut album, Country Grammar, to multi-platinum status. The St. Louis rapper also sticks to the same subject matter with a new batch of tunes about…  See more details below


Why mess with a good thing? That's Nelly's M.O. on his sophomore disc, Nellyville, which makes the most of the same catchy, nursery-rhyme style flow that propelled his debut album, Country Grammar, to multi-platinum status. The St. Louis rapper also sticks to the same subject matter with a new batch of tunes about partying, dodging haters, and kickin' it with the ladies. Adding to its appeal, Nellyville is peopled with an A-list of guest stars, including Justin Timberlake on the wah-wah guitar-accented "Work It" (perhaps returning the favor for Nelly's appearance on 'N Sync's "Girlfriend" remix, which earned the boy band more urban radio airplay), Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child on the Bone Thugs-N-Harmony-reminiscent ballad "Dilemma," and hit makers the Neptunes, who contribute their signature, highly electronic production work to the go-go-inspired single "Hot in Herre." Still, in an effort to defend his street cred, Nelly comes through hard on "Roc the Mic (Remix)," which features Rockfella Beanie Sigel and takes a humorous jab at old-school rapper KRS-One. But even when he's trying to play the bad boy, Nelly is still one of rap's music most jovial MCs. So if you like your hip-hop danceable and lighthearted, you'll enjoy the ride to Nellyville. Larry "The Blackspot" Hester

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Nelly's debut album, Country Grammar, was a left-field surprise smash hit, racking up a number of hits and turning the Midwestern pop-rapper into an overnight superstar. It's perhaps little surprise then that his follow-up, Nellyville, sticks to the script. Like Country Grammar, it's produced almost entirely by newcomer Jason "Jay E" Epperson, and it too relies on catchy, singalong hooks that are more pop than rap. Moreover, there are some clear, clever rewrites here, with "Pimp Juice" in particular relying on the same slow-grooving rhythm that made "Country Grammar" and "E.I." such jams two summers earlier. Nelly also retains his tough-guy posturing here -- he's no gangsta, nor is he an outright thug, but he is awfully damn cocky and a lot gruffer than your typical teen pop star. All of this makes Nellyville just as good as its predecessor. What makes it two or three notches better, however, are the few occasions where Nelly tries something new -- namely on "Hot in Herre," "Dilemma," and "Rock the Mic," three well-calculated, standout moments. The first is a trademark Neptunes production with an infectious hook, tailor-made for radio and club play; the second is a straight, saccharine interpolation of Patti LaBelle's 1983 hit "Love, Need and Want You" that features a duet with Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland, and is as likely to appeal to those who are old enough to know the original as those who are too young to realize how much of a straight cover this is; and the third is a remix of Beanie Sigel and Freeway's previously released hit for Roc-a-Fella, and is one of the only pure hip-hop moments here, and a welcome one at that. All of this amounts to a sure-fire pop-rap album that should not only please anyone who enjoyed Country Grammar; it should also attract yet more fans who will be drawn in by the few aforementioned standout moments of pop calculation. And that's not even mentioning the Justin Timberlake feature, which should be a draw in itself for many teen pop fans.
Entertainment Weekly - Tom Sinclair
Nelly's music moves forward in funk-rooted blips and starts, embellished with high vocal whoops, asides, and exclamations that function as hooks.
Vibe - Rob Marriott
Nellyville, his second outing, is a wager that the 8 million who bought it before could do with some more. Nelly's clever lyrics show that there is an insightful cat wrapped inside that Top Forty appeal. He doesn't challenge you, but that was never his goal.

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Performance Credits

Nelly   Primary Artist
La   Track Performer
Luis Conte   Percussion
Steve Eigner   Guitar
Neptunes   Vocals
Kelly Rowland   Track Performer
Justin Timberlake   Track Performer
Beanie Sigel   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Herb Powers   Mastering
Kevin Law   Executive Producer
Matt Still   Engineer
Sandy Brummels   Art Direction
Steve Eigner   Engineer
Brian Garten   Engineer
J. Smith   Producer
C-Love   Executive Producer
Nelly   Executive Producer
Waiel "Wally" Yaghnam   Producer
Ryan Bowser   Producer

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Nellyville 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
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Hey...I've heard the pre released choruses of all of Nelly's new songs on Nellyville...they are so good! He has more of an R&B feel to em than his last album. Still, it's tight. If you liked ''Luven Me'' and ''Utha Side'' on Country Grammar, you'll love this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
his music is so catchy and wkd if u like fast catchy rap heres ya man all of his songs are great and i cant wait for his next album!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After hearin some of the tracks off Nellyville, you already know Nelly is gonna be #1 foeva. If you dont think Nelly is hot already, get you head checked and then go buy this cd....Nelly Forever
Guest More than 1 year ago
The songs on the new hot joint was hot yo. Im feeling the flava, the vibe everything i didnt have to listen to it i just knew that it was gonna be on point just cause nelly is a very talented person most def im going to cop that on the 1st day it come out Uh oh... nelly's #1 fan
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nelly's upcoming Album Nellyville takes his career to a whole new level with the style of R&B with some smooth southern rhymes. If you havent, reserve your copy now they are gonna go fast!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this cd June 12 and it is off the hook. a ton of great songs from cg2, #1, air force ones, hot in herre, hell there's even a song wit justin timberlake. u need to buy this cd it is so tight
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard Hot in Herre about 2 months ago and I fell in love with it!! I don't think Nelly won't have any problems being #1 again with this new album Nellyville!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What's up with people giving this album 5 stars, that aint right. This album is decent, just like his first one, but its lacking a real bumping track like ''country grammer (hot s***)'' This album just sounds way too pop, especially with an appearance from Justin Timberlake from 'nsync. What the heck was nelly thinking? Well i guess nelly aint really more of a thug than timerlake anyways. The bottom line is that nelly is just a sellout and this album is more pop than it is hip hop, but im sure it will still sell atleast 5 mil cause all these trl kids are gonna buy it like crazy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is an awsome cd, dont get me wrong but i tihnk that he strayed from his hip hop roots a little too much, and slowed it down on too many tracks NELLYVILLE 7/10 COUNTRY GRAMMAR 11/10!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although Nellyville is good overall, there is far too little Nelly on this album. That being said, his duo with Kelly Rowland in Dilemma is ultratight, easily the highlight of the album. Without a doubt, this album secures Nelly's status as the King of Hip Pop.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Y'all need to cop this album outright. It's totally worth the seventeen-zillion dollars I paid at Sam Goody! >:( Oh well. Tracks #1-19 are the best so far. :) BUY THIS.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do u really think I'm gonna buy a rap album with an Nsync member on it? Nelly's nothing but a pop rapper. He's got all big headed after selling Country Grammar and now thinks he can compete with hip hop's elite. I'm dying with laughter. KRS murdered him on OVA HERE. Nelly ain't fit to lace his boots. THE REAL HIP HOP IS OVER...HERE!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nellyville is the greatest c.d. i own! nelly is so hot and he has the best music! i think everyone should buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just got the cd yesterday, and i must say that it is awsome. Nellys beat is so good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While this album shares many traits with it's predecessor, it is definitely not Country Grammar quality. There are a few great songs, Pimp Juice, Dilemma, CG2, and Say Now, but most of the other songs are just filler. ''Work It'' with Justin from NSync is just terrible, and should have been saved for one of the pop group's albums. The skits are marginally funny, and I did enjoy the ''Roc the Mic'' remix. This album needs more songs like it, with quicker rhymes, faster music, and more streety lyrics. Bottom line ---- Too much POP.
Guest More than 1 year ago
man all i have to say is this is the titest cd and nelly is the best raper out!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the new album, and it's really new and refreshing, and just in time for the summer. I really enjoyed the Air force One song because I find myself always rocking a new pair. Nelly is a beautiful person inside and out and listing to his music you can always tell. I totally love the new joint from Nelly & Kelly (but Kelly keep your hands off) it's great you have to check it out. If you love feel good music then you'll defiantly love this one. I love you Nelly I'm you biggest fan baby keep up the great work !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I do see Nelly becomming less hip hop as he claims to be, but an artist who goes out of his way to colaborate with other popular artists is credible. That's what is interesting from a rapper like Nelly - his creativity. There is at least one song on his cd for everyone to enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for the ideal summer album, ¿Nellyville¿ is for you. With this follow-up to his first hit album, ¿Country Grammer,¿ Nelly has brought forth a whole new group of sure-fire hits that will have everyone on the dance floors. With tracks like ¿Dilemma¿ and ¿Work It¿, featuring Kelly Rowland from Destiny¿s Child and Justin Timberlake from `NSYNC, this album brings Pop to Hip-Hop and broadens the horizons for all fans of music. An exciting element of the CD is that it also has a new feature called the ¿VIP Backstage Pass¿ which offers exclusive content to those who purchase the CD, such as remixes of songs and videos that can only be seen through the Backstage Pass. Hot tracks and cool insider info¿ ¿Nellyville¿ certainly has a lot to offer to anyone ready for a good time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nelly Nelly Nelly what is this. I just knew my boy was gonna come correct. It is just not a catchy cd. It's not the worst but it is far from the best. The beat are alright but could be a lot better and he had his boys in it too much. I wish I would have burned it and not have spent my money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Country Grammar was the hottest debut CD by any artist. How does Nelly follow up to that? He makes the hottest and most anticipated album of the summer. With the release of his #1 single ''Hot In Herre'' and the soon to be #1 song ''Dilemma'' there is plebty of songs to be put up as #1 jams. 4 Sho dirty. If you dont got this album then go cop it soon. E.I.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dis album is tight!!!! It's real good album and all the songs on the album are off da hook!!