Nellyville

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Nellyville
Nelly - Nellyville - Album.jpg
Studio album by Nelly
Released June 25, 2002 (2002-06-25)
Recorded 2001–2002
Genre
Length 79:40
Label
Producer
Nelly chronology
Country Grammar
(2000)Country Grammar2000
Nellyville
(2002)
Sweat
(2004)Sweat2004
Singles from Nellyville
  1. "#1"
    Released: November 2001
  2. "Hot in Herre"
    Released: June 15, 2002
  3. "Dilemma"
    Released: June 25, 2002
  4. "Air Force Ones"
    Released: November 7, 2002
  5. "Work It"
    Released: February 25, 2003
  6. "Pimp Juice"
    Released: April 1, 2003

Nellyville is the second studio album by American rapper Nelly. It was released on June 25, 2002, by Universal Records and the indie label Fo' Reel. Recording sessions took place over a course of the whole year, with Nelly himself, alongside Kevin Law and C-Love serving as the records executive producers. The album includes the production by Jay E, who frequently did most work with Nelly, while the additional production was provided by The Neptunes and Just Blaze. The album was supported by six singles: "#1", "Hot in Herre", "Dilemma" duet with Kelly Rowland, "Air Force Ones" featuring St. Lunatics, "Work It" featuring Justin Timberlake, and "Pimp Juice". These singles, "Hot in Herre" and "Dilemma" both topped the US Billboard Hot 100 for seven and ten weeks, respectively.

Nellyville peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 715,000 copies in its opening week. The album stayed atop the chart for four non-consecutive weeks and became certified six-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of over six million copies, making this Nelly's second number-one album, second multi-platinum album, and second top ten in the United States, following his debut album Country Grammar in 2000. Internationally, Nellyville peaked at number 2 in Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand and United Kingdom. As of March 16, 2011, the album sold 6,488,000 copies in the United States, and it became the fourteenth best-selling rap album of all time.

Background and production

Nelly himself, alongside Kevin Law and C-Love was serving as the executive producers on Nellyville. The majority of this recording was perfected by Steve Eigner, who was assisted by Marc Lee. Rich Travali was assisted by Jeff Robinette, while Jamie Duncan and Dan Milazzo were performing the mixing on the album. Audio mastering was done by Herb Powers, with A&R directed by Law and coordinated by Jennifer Havey. Art direction was done by Sandy Brummels with Robert Sims undertaking design and Jonathan Mannion handling photography. Road management was executed by Keith Brent, with additional management done so by Tony Davis, Courtney Benson and Team Lunatics. Legality was handled by Richard Grable and Tim Mandelbaum. Several artists made an appearance on the album, including Justin Timberlake, Kelly Rowland, Beanie Sigel, Freeway and Dani Stevenson.[1]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 70/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
Blender 3/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly B+[5]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[6]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[7]
NME 7/10[8]
Q 4/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[10]
Spin 6/10[11]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[12]

Nellyville received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 70, based on 15 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[2] Wayne Franklin of PopMatters held low expectations for the album prior to listening to it, following Nelly's feud with rapper KRS-One, but found its music to be "incredible".[13] Wayne lauded the track "Air Force One", describing it as an "unbelievable ode" to hip hop, while noting several other songs as stand-outs.[13] Allmusic's Jason Birchmeier gave the album three-and-a-half stars out of five, noting "Hot in Herre", "Dilemma" and "Roc the Mic" as "three well-calculated, standout moments".[3] Birchmeier praised "Hot in Herre"'s production, "Roc the Mic"'s hip hop composition and the "Dilemma"'s interpolation of Patti LaBelle's "Love, Need and Want You".[3] RapReviews.com's Steve Juon gave Nellyville an 8.5 out of ten, citing the album's consistency and production, praising "Hot in Herre" for its Midwestern drawl and "harmonious musical flow".[14] Giving the album a B+, Tom Sinclair of Entertainment Weekly praised several new additions to Nelly's vocal style, summarizing: "If you like your rap loose and funny, Nelly's the man for you".[5]

NME's Dele Fadele saw Nellyville as Nelly's "reply to the haters"; Fadele described the album as a "glossy, well-produced album of populist anthems with a gangsta undertow" that expands his perspective of the world and "celebrates success".[8] Though Fadele wasn't impressed at the Justin Timberlake featured track "Work It", calling the song a "silly pop-directed collaboration".[8] The A.V. Club's Nathan Rabin praised Nellyville for achieving similar universal appeal to Nelly's previous effort Country Grammar, which achieved it with songs such as its self-titled track and "E.I.".[15] Rabin criticized Timberlake's "high-schooler doing a Bee Gees impersonation" on "Work It", though noted the song as the only "glaring misstep" on the album.[5] People lauded "Hot in Herre" for its "funky go-go groove", declaring it the "perfect summer jam", but were ambivalent towards the rest of the album's beats for being slightly repetitive.[16] Rolling Stone's Rob Marriott described Nelly as a "gifted, witty MC" with the "catchiest rhymes to ever hit the pop charts" but wrote that Nellyville sounds "weighted down" by the commercial pressure of having to have another multi-platinum album.[10]

Accolades

At the 2003's Grammy Awards, Nellyville was nominated for Album of the Year, "Hot in Herre" for Best Male Rap Solo Performance and "Dilemma" for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration; both songs won their respective nominations, with Nellyville losing out to Norah Jones' Come Away with Me (2002).[17] Nelly received three BET Award nominations such as Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, Best Collaboration (for "Dilemma") and Video of the Year (for "Hot in Herre").[18] At the 2003's American Music Awards, Nelly was nominated for Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist and the Fan's Choice Award, while Nellyville was nominated for Favorite Pop/Rock Album and Favorite Hip/Hop/R&B Album, with Nelly winning the Fan's Choice Award.[19] Nelly received six awards at the 2002's Billboard Music Awards, winning the awards for Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Hot 100 Singles Male Artist of the Year, R&B/Hip-Hop Male Artist of the Year, Rap Artist of the Year and Rap Track of the Year (for "Hot in Herre").[20] On the 2002's Billboard year-end charts, the album was ranked third on the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums charts.[21][22]

Commercial performance

The album debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200, selling 715,000 copies, outperforming Nelly's previous effort Country Grammar (2000), which debuted at number 3 selling 235,000 copies.[23] With the single, "Hot in Herre" debuting at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 that week, Nelly was in possession of the top spot on 10 different Billboard charts.[23] Within 2 weeks of its release, Nellyville remained atop the Billboard 200, selling 450,000 and 340,000 copies, respectively, surpassing 1.5 million copies in sales in its 3rd week.[24][25] In its fourth week, Nellyville replaced atop the chart by Dave Matthews Band's Busted Stuff.[26] The former album was positioned at #2 on the Billboard 200, with its sales decreasing to 305,000 copies.[26] In the 5th week, it sold 271,000 copies, dropping from #2 to #3,[27] and in its sixth week, it sold 244,000 copies remaining at number 3.[28] Nellville reached to #2 and sold 210,000 units in its 7th week of release and in its 8th week, topping the Billboard 200, accumulating to 4 non-consecutive weeks atop.[29] The album sold 185,000 copies that week.[30] Nellyville's 4-week #1 run and sales were, according to Billboard, largely in part to the success of the album's singles, "Hot in Herre" and "Dilemma".[30] The former track was number one on the Hot 100 prior to the album's release, maintaining a third week atop the chart, when Nellville made its debut.[23] The song topped the Hot 100 for 7 consecutive weeks before being replaced by its successor, "Dilemma", which topped the chart for ten non-consecutive weeks, selling worldwide over 7.6 million copies.[30][31] On June 25, 2002, Nellyville was certified Sex-tuple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of over 6 million copies in the United States of America.[32] On March 16, 2011, the album sold 6,490,000 copies in the United States,[33] becoming the fourteenth best-selling rap album of all time.[34]

Nellyville debuted and peaked at #2 on the UK Albums Chart on the week of July 13, 2002, remaining on the chart for 40 weeks.[35] On July 1, 2002, the album was certified Double Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), for shipments of 600,000 copies.[36] On the Australian Albums Chart, it debuted and peaked at #2 for two weeks, staying within the top 10 for sixteen non-consecutive weeks.[37] The album dropped off the chart after 31 weeks, and was certified Triple Platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for shipments of 210,000 copies.[37][38] Nellyville also peaked at #2 on the New Zealand Albums Chart,[39] Canadian Albums Chart and German Albums Chart.[40][41] It remained on the chart in New Zealand for 30 weeks,[39] in Canada for eighteen weeks and in Germany for 33 weeks.[40][41] It was certified Double and Quadruple Platinum by Recorded Music NZ and Music Canada, respectively;[42][43] the album was certified Gold by the Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI).[44] Nellyville also achieved success in several other territories, peaking within the top ten in Ireland,[45] Netherlands,[46] Denmark,[47] Finland,[48] Switzerland,[49] Norway,[50] Austria and Belgian (Flanders).[51][52] It was certified Gold by IFPI Austria and certified Platinum by IFPI Switzerland for shipments of 15,000 and 40,000 copies, respectively.[53][54] The album reached at number 11 in Sweden and #25 in Belgium (Wallonia) and France.[55][56][57] The Swedish Recording Industry Association (GLF) awarded the album a Gold certification, for shipments of over 30,000 copies.[58]

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Nellyville"
Yaghnam 4:15
2. "Gettin' It Started" (featuring Cedric the Entertainer and La La)     1:51
3. "Hot in Herre" The Neptunes 3:48
4. "Dem Boyz" (featuring Kyjuan and Murphy Lee) Jay E 4:34
5. "Oh Nelly" (featuring Murphy Lee)
  • Haynes, Jr.
  • Epperson
  • Harper
Jay E 4:03
6. "Pimp Juice"
  • Haynes, Jr.
  • Epperson
Jay E 4:52
7. "Air Force Ones" (featuring Kyjuan, Ali and Murphy Lee)
Trackboyz 5:04
8. "In the Store" (featuring Cedric the Entertainer and La La)     1:40
9. "On the Grind" (featuring King Jacob)
  • Haynes, Jr.
  • Epperson
  • Jacob Thomas
Jay E 4:46
10. "Dilemma" (featuring Kelly Rowland) Bowser 4:49
11. "Splurge"
  • Haynes, Jr.
  • Epperson
Jay E 5:09
12. "Work It" (featuring Justin Timberlake)
Jay E 4:23
13. "Roc the Mic (Remix)" (Beanie Sigel with Freeway featuring Nelly and Murphy Lee) Just Blaze 4:18
14. "The Gank"
  • Haynes, Jr.
  • Yaghnam
Yaghnam 4:49
15. "5000"     2:11
16. "#1"
  • Haynes, Jr.
  • Yaghnam
Yaghnam 3:19
17. "CG 2" (featuring Kyjuan and Murphy Lee)
  • Haynes, Jr.
  • Epperson
  • Harper
  • Cleveland
Jay E 4:32
18. "Say Now"
  • Haynes, Jr.
  • Epperson
Jay E 5:42
19. "Fuck It Then" (featuring Cedric the Entertainer and La La)     1:39
Total length: 79:40

Sample credits[1]

  • "Hot in Herre" contains an interpolation of "Bustin' Loose" performed by Chuck Brown.
  • "Pimp Juice" contains a sample from the medley of "Love Comes in All Colors" performed by The Staple Singers.
  • "Dilemma" contains elements of "Love, Need and Want You" performed by Patti LaBelle.

Personnel

Credits adapted from liner notes.[59]

Chart positions

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[38] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[53] Gold 15,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[43] 4× Platinum 400,000^
Germany (BVMI)[44] Gold 150,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[42] 2× Platinum 30,000^
Sweden (GLF)[58] Gold 30,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[54] Platinum 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[36] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[32] 6× Platinum 6,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[65] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also

Notes

References

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External links

  • Nellyville at Discogs (list of releases)
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