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  • Summary: The long-delayed fifth album for the rapper features guests such as Akon, Ashanti, Chuck D, Fergie, L.L. Cool J, R. Kelly, T.I., Rick Ross, and Snoop Dogg.

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Nelly Intro
*car engine starts* *phone rings* Cedric: Man, this fool aint pickin up. Nelly on answering machine: You know who it is. do what you... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Put a little pop in your life and what you'll discover is that underneath the materialistic veneer Nelly's got a good delivery, sharp lyrics and impeccable breath control, which would make him #1 no matter WHERE he was from.
  2. Skeptics might wonder if the sprawling guest list is an admission of fading commercial prowess. So, it's to the MC's credit that Brass Knuckles still feels like a party.
  3. Brass Knuckles is 14 songs long. All of them could be singles. None of them could be hits.
  4. It’s sure not a knockout, but it’s his hardest-hitting album yet. Just don’t call it a comeback.
  5. On his fifth album, he mostly sticks to that pop-rap formula, cranking his distinctly melodic flow to hyper-speeds and playing the good-natured hedonist on cuts like 'Party People.' But when he tries to come off hard on a handful of Dirty South brawlers, he ends up sounding generic
  6. 50
    This is what Nelly's Brass Knuckles is best summarized as...a club jam.
  7. Airplay or not, however, he's also sounding seriously dated.

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