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Guest post by Sally , eatbreatheblog.com

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.

Using expert beat making software and working with skilled producers such as Dr. Luke and Polow Da Don, Nelly has crafted an album that’s current, while capturing the essence of his signature sound.

Album ★★★★☆

Title Singer Rating
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.) ★★★★½
Just a Dream Nelly ★★★☆☆
Making Movies Nelly ★★★★★
Move That Body Nelly (feat. T-Pain and Akon) ★★★★★
1000 Stacks Nelly (feat. Diddy & Notorious B.I.G.) ★★★½☆
Gone Nelly (feat. Kelly Rowland) ★★★☆☆
Don’t It Feel Good Nelly ★★★☆☆
Broke Nelly (feat. Yo Gotti & Sophie Greene) ★★★★☆
Liv Tonight Nelly (feat. Keri Hilson) ★★★★½
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

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