Guest post by Sally ,
Two years after his last album went gold, hip hop artist Nelly returns with Nelly 5.0, an album that features a long and impressive guest list. Nelly has been keeping up on trends in hip hop and pop music and does a great job of mixing new music with his signature country rap sound.
|I’m Number 1||Nelly (feat. Birdman and DJ Khaled)|
|Long Gone||Nelly (feat. Chris Brown and Piles)|
|She’s So Fly||Nelly (feat. T.I.)|
|Just a Dream||Nelly|
|Move That Body||Nelly (feat. T-Pain and Akon)|
|1000 Stacks||Nelly (feat. Diddy & Notorious B.I.G.)|
|Gone||Nelly (feat. Kelly Rowland)|
|Don’t It Feel Good||Nelly|
|Broke||Nelly (feat. Yo Gotti & Sophie Greene)|
|Liv Tonight||Nelly (feat. Keri Hilson)|
|Nothing Without Her||Nelly|
I’m Number 1 – Featuring rappers Baby and DJ Khaled, this is a fun opening track. DJ Khaled’s style shines through here, sounding like his hit “All I Do Is Win.”
Long Gone – A sample from an old school R&B song by Miles Jaye, this song features Chris Brown and Plies. It’s a surprisingly good track, but the guests overshadow Nelly, who doesn’t sound like he has much to do.
She’s So Fly – Atlanta rapper T.I. makes an appearance on this track. Nelly does a lot of singing on this album, and he sings an infectious hook in this track.
Just A Dream – This was the first single from the album and it has a bit of a rock flavor. It’s also one of a few songs on the album about losing the woman he loves. It turns out this is a theme on this album. Maybe Nelly went through a breakup while he was recording 5.0?
Making Movies – There aren’t that many slow jams in hip hop anymore, but this is a good one. On this track, Nelly gets explicit about how wants to “make movies” with his girl.
Move That Body – A club banger featuring T-Pain and Akon. The rest of the album is good to dance to, but this track, the album’s second single, might be the best song on the album.
1000 Stacks – Nelly and Diddy sample Notorious B.I.G. for this track; this is another great song for the club. Diddy isn’t a great rapper, but he serves his purpose as hype man on this song (but it’s a little funny to hear Nelly calling him “Puff”).
Gone – Another slow jam featuring Kelly Rowland from Destiny’s Child. Kelly sings the hook and a few verses, and she’s a better singer than some of her solo work suggests.
Don’t It Feel Good – This might be the weakest song on the album. After a whole album of going to the club and finding a hot chick to get it on with, the theme starts to get a little old.
Broke – This track picks up the pace again and features Yo Gotti and Sophie Green, who’s a decent rapper although she sounds more than a little like Nicki Minaj.
Liv Tonight – Featuring Keri Hilson, this is an honest-to-goodness dance song—not a genre a lot of rappers do anymore. It works, but only as something to listen to on the dance floor.
Nothing Without Her – This ballad closes the album and shows Nelly’s softer side. Rough and romantic lyrics make this a good track to end with.
Nelly’s come a long way since Country Grammar, and his last two albums were mediocre at best. With 5.0 he returns to form—and even though he had a lot of help on this album, Nelly is the voice that holds it all together.
Courtesy : Sally