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.Does this look a little schizophrenic ….
The Sweat disc in particular features, at least, a half-dozen songs that could be smash hits, whether on radio, on MTV, or in clubs: "Na-Nana-Na," "Flap Your Wings," "Tilt Ya Head Back," "Grand Hang Out," "Playa," and "Boy" are all first-rate party rap, on a par with anything else out there on the market in 2004. The others are above average also, resulting in a damn impressive lineup of songs. But they're all distinctly clubby and therefore get a little tiring after a while.
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.