Release Date: Sep 14, 2004
Record label: Universal
Nelly :: Sweat + SuitLabel: Universal RecordsAuthor: Steve 'Flash' Juon9. 23. 04 Editor's note - Thank you to one and all who pointed out that from Nelly's perspective (seen through his own eyes) "Suit" would actually be his left, while "Sweat" would be his right.
The Suit disc is by far the more interesting disc of the two. There are only 11 songs here, but thankfully they're relatively diverse compared to those of Sweat. All except three of them are collabos, and often the collaborators steal the show, reducing Nelly to guest status on his own album. "Play It Off," a tiptop-shelf Neptunes joint boasting a great Pharrell vocal contribution, kicks off the album marvelously, and the next two tracks -- "Pretty Toes" and "My Place" -- are top draws also.
Hip-hop has always made preposterous claims about prowess, wealth and sexual irresistibility. So it's no surprise to find St Louis rapper Cornell "Nelly" Haynes Jr loudly paying homage to St Louis rapper Cornell "Nelly" Haynes Jr on Na-Na Na-Na, from Sweat, one of two albums he is releasing simultaneously. While a wickedly exciting backing of scattershot drums, whistles and wailing vocals explodes around him, Nelly reflects on his achievements, which include the current number one single, My Place, 30m records sold worldwide, an acting career, two clothing ranges and - oddly - an energy drink that has shifted over 1m despite being saddled with the most unappetising name ever devised.