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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.
© Jason Birchmeier /TiVo

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1
Nellyville (Album Version (Explicit)) Explicit
00:04:15

Wally Yaghnam, Producer - Cornell Haynes, Jr., ComposerLyricist - Jason Epperson, ComposerLyricist - Marc Lee, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Herb Powers Jr., Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nelly, MainArtist - Jeff Robinette, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rich Travali, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Waiel Yaghnam, ComposerLyricist - Dan Milazzo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Eigner, Guitar, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jamie Duncan, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - TJ Oster, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2002 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Distributed by Universal Music & Video Distribution, Inc.

2
Gettin' It Started (Album Version (Explicit)) Explicit
00:01:51

Nelly, MainArtist - Cornelius Haynes, ComposerLyricist - Cedric The Entertainer, FeaturedArtist

℗ 2002 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Distributed by Universal Music & Video Distribution, inc.

3
Hot In Herre (Album Version) Explicit
00:03:48

Cornell Haynes, Jr., ComposerLyricist - The Neptunes, Producer - Pharrell Williams, ComposerLyricist - Herb Powers Jr., Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nelly, MainArtist - Nick Howard, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Garten, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rich Travali, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Brown, ComposerLyricist - Dani Stevenson, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Milazo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2002 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Distributed by Universal Music & Video Distribution, Inc.

4
Dem Boyz (Album Version (Explicit)) Explicit
00:04:34

Cornell Haynes, Jr., ComposerLyricist - Jason Epperson, ComposerLyricist - Marc Lee, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Herb Powers Jr., Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nelly, MainArtist - Jeff Robinette, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jason "Jay E" Epperson, Producer - Murphy Lee, ComposerLyricist - Rich Travali, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - St. Lunatics, FeaturedArtist - Ali Kenyatta Jones, ComposerLyricist - Robert Ky Juan Cleveland, ComposerLyricist - Dan Milazzo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Eigner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jamie Duncan, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2002 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Distributed by Universal Music & Video Distribution, Inc.

5
Oh Nelly (Album Version) Explicit
00:04:03

Jason Epperson, ComposerLyricist - Marc Lee, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Herb Powers Jr., Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nelly, MainArtist - Jeff Robinette, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Cornelius Haynes, ComposerLyricist - Jason "Jay E" Epperson, Producer - Murphy Lee, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Rich Travali, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Milazzo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Eigner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jamie Duncan, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2002 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Distributed by Universal Music & Video Distribution, Inc.

6
Pimp Juice (Album Version) Explicit
00:04:52

Bettye Jean Crutcher, ComposerLyricist - Cornell Haynes, Jr., ComposerLyricist - Marc Lee, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Luis Conte, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Herb Powers Jr., Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nelly, MainArtist - Jeff Robinette, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jason "Jay E" Epperson, Producer - Rich Travali, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Carl William Smith, ComposerLyricist - Dan Milazzo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Eigner, Guitar, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jamie Duncan, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2002 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Distributed by Universal Music & Video Distribution

7
Air Force Ones (Album Version (Explicit)) Explicit
00:05:04

Mark Williams, ComposerLyricist - Joe Kent, ComposerLyricist - Cornell Haynes, Jr., ComposerLyricist - Marc Lee, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Herb Powers Jr., Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nelly, MainArtist - Jeff Robinette, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ali, FeaturedArtist - Murphy Lee, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Rich Travali, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kyjuan, FeaturedArtist - Ali Kenyatta Jones, ComposerLyricist - Robert Ky Juan Cleveland, ComposerLyricist - Track Boyz, Producer - Dan Milazzo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Eigner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jamie Duncan, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2002 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Distributed by Universal Music & Video Distribution, inc.

8
In The Store (Album Version (Explicit)) Explicit
00:01:40

La La, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Nelly, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Waiel Yaghnam, ComposerLyricist - Cedric The Entertainer, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2002 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
On The Grind (Album Version) Explicit
00:04:45

Cornell Haynes, Jr., ComposerLyricist - Jason Epperson, ComposerLyricist - Marc Lee, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Herb Powers Jr., Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nelly, MainArtist - Jeff Robinette, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jason "Jay E" Epperson, Producer - Rich Travali, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - King Jacob, FeaturedArtist - Jacob Thomas, ComposerLyricist - Dan Milazzo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Eigner, Guitar, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jamie Duncan, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2002 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Distributed by Universal Music & Video Distribution

10
Dilemma (Album Version) Explicit
00:04:49

Kenneth Gamble, ComposerLyricist - Cornell Haynes, Jr., ComposerLyricist - Antoine Macon, ComposerLyricist - Herb Powers Jr., Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nelly, MainArtist - Nick Howard, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Garten, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Robinette, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kelly Rowland, FeaturedArtist - Rich Travali, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bam, Producer - Walter "Bunny" Sigler, ComposerLyricist - Dan Milazzo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jamie Duncan, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2002 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music Group, Inc.

11
Splurge (Album Version (Explicit)) Explicit
00:05:09

Cornell Haynes, Jr., ComposerLyricist - Jason Epperson, ComposerLyricist - Marc Lee, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Herb Powers Jr., Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nelly, MainArtist - Jeff Robinette, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jason "Jay E" Epperson, Producer - Rich Travali, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Milazzo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Eigner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jamie Duncan, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2002 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Distrbuted by Universal Music & Video Distribution

12
Work It (Album Version (Explicit)) Explicit
00:04:22

Cornell Haynes, Jr., ComposerLyricist - Jason Epperson, ComposerLyricist - Herb Powers Jr., Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nelly, MainArtist - Jeff Robinette, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Timberlake, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Jason "Jay E" Epperson, Producer - Rich Travali, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Milazzo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Eigner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jamie Duncan, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2002 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Distributed by Universal Music & Video Distribution, Inc.

13
Roc The Mic (Remix) Explicit
00:04:17

Justin Smith, ComposerLyricist - Dwight Grant, ComposerLyricist - Cornell Haynes, Jr., ComposerLyricist - Jason Epperson, ComposerLyricist - Nelly, FeaturedArtist - Gimel "Young Guru" Keaton, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Murphy Lee, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Freeway, MainArtist - Just Blaze, Producer - Beanie Sigel, FeaturedArtist - Leslie Pridgen, ComposerLyricist - Rich Travali, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2002 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
The Gank (Album Version (Explicit)) Explicit
00:04:48

Wally Yaghnam, Producer - Cornell Haynes, Jr., ComposerLyricist - Marc Lee, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Herb Powers Jr., Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nelly, MainArtist - Jeff Robinette, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rich Travali, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Waiel Yaghnam, ComposerLyricist - Dan Milazzo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Eigner, Guitar, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jamie Duncan, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - TJ Oster, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2002 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Distributed by Universal Music & Video Distribution, Inc.

15
5000 (Album Version (Explicit)) Explicit
00:02:11

Nelly, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Ali, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2002 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Distributed by Universal Music & Video Distribution, Inc.

16
#1 (Album Version (Explicit)) Explicit
00:03:18

Wally Yaghnam, Producer - Herb Powers Jr., Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nelly, MainArtist - Jeff Robinette, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Cornelius Haynes, ComposerLyricist - Matt Still, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rich Travali, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Waiel Yaghnam, ComposerLyricist - Dan Milazzo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jamie Duncan, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - TJ Oster, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Russ Giraud, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2002 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Distributed by Universal Music & Vidoe Distribution, Inc.

17
CG2 (Album Version (Explicit)) Explicit
00:04:31

Cornell Haynes, Jr., ComposerLyricist - Jason Epperson, ComposerLyricist - Marc Lee, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Herb Powers Jr., Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nelly, MainArtist - Jeff Robinette, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ali, FeaturedArtist - Jason "Jay E" Epperson, Producer - Murphy Lee, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Rich Travali, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kyjuan, FeaturedArtist - Ali Kenyatta Jones, ComposerLyricist - Robert Ky Juan Cleveland, ComposerLyricist - Dan Milazzo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Eigner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jamie Duncan, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2002 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Distributed by Universal Music & Video Distribution, Inc.

18
Say Now (Album Version (Explicit)) Explicit
00:05:42

Cornell Haynes, Jr., ComposerLyricist - Jason Epperson, ComposerLyricist - Marc Lee, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Luis Conte, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Herb Powers Jr., Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nelly, MainArtist - Jeff Robinette, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jason "Jay E" Epperson, Producer - Rich Travali, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dan Milazzo, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Eigner, Guitar, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jamie Duncan, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2002 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Distributed by Universal Music & Video Distribution, Inc.

19
Fuck It Then (Album Version (Explicit)) Explicit
00:01:37

La La, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Nelly, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Waiel Yaghnam, ComposerLyricist - Cedric The Entertainer, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2002 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Distributed by Universal Music & Video Distribution

Album Description

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.
© Jason Birchmeier /TiVo

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