Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. A winning combo of thick club cuts, hands-in-the-air call-outs, pop ingenuity and a perfect balance of entertainment and realism in his rhymes.
  2. If you like your rap loose and funny, Nelly's the man for you.
  3. A great pop album that reconciles his sudden wealth, attachment to home, and desire to rule the world.
  4. Q Magazine
    80
    Nellyville doesn't really have any side streets unexplored by the previous Country Grammar, but it's all so good-natured it's hard to object. [Sep 2002, p.111]
  5. A glossy, well-produced album of populist anthems with a gangsta undertow that expands his worldview and celebrates success.
  6. 70
    Nellyville is quite calculated, right down the tired skits about bootlegging -- it sort of has to be, given what's at stake, though one would wish otherwise.
  7. Good-natured and breezy enough to make the hostility directed Nelly's way seem churlish.
  8. Spin
    60
    Nelly's caught between a rock and a hardass place--he's too edgy to comfortably collaborate with 'N Sync's Justin Timberlake but too corny to dig into the Neptunes' sleazily sinister beats on lead single "Hot In Herre." [Aug 2002, p.109]
  9. In other words, he didn't take any unnecessary risks -- after all, the formula proved successful the first time around -- and that's partly why Nellyville isn't as exciting as it perhaps could be.
  10. Like P. Diddy in his prime or even Jay-Z, Nelly simply knows what the people want, and delivers--which is never as easy as the haters suggest.
  11. Blender
    60
    Nellyville will be the year's only record with a bigger-than-life number with Justin Timberlake, a capable ballad with Destiny's Child's Kelly Rowland, an acute dis of preachy rap veteran KRS-One, and an ode to the hip-hop footwear of choice. [#8, p.120]
  12. Outside of "Pimp Juice," the album sounds weighed down by the commercial pressures of going multiplatinum the last time out. After five tracks, one cannot help but wonder what might have been had Nelly not gotten so pop so quickly.
  13. It's a cruel world in which a Nelly sells more records than the Blastmaster KRS but what 'Nellyville' makes abundantly clear is that its creator won't be leaving a fraction of his foe's proud mark on hip-hop once the dust settles on the frantic promotion of this record.
  14. The problem is, whilst the debut had more hooks than a fishing rod sandwich, this just doo-wop-yawn, the sort of nursery rhymes kids never remember.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 174 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 18 out of 174
  1. KingMachine
    Mar 2, 2006
    9
    It's better than I first thought.
  2. CarlosP
    Dec 20, 2005
    10
    nelly is the best rapper in the history of hip hop
  3. PreciousH
    Nov 13, 2005
    10
    I love Nelly so much, that's my husband he just don't know it yet. But anyways that man is so talented, sexy, and fine, I love I love Nelly so much, that's my husband he just don't know it yet. But anyways that man is so talented, sexy, and fine, I love everything about him. I have all of his c.d's, I don't have a favorite one, but this one is definitely something I could get lose to. Full Review »