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      04.06.2008 17:03
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      Nelly's debut album

      The 2000 album "Country Grammar" is the debut album by the St. Louis rapper Nelly. He rapper managed to break into audiences across the globe with his debut single "Country Grammar", and from this he decided as the lead member of the rap group St. Lunatics, he should go ahead and go for this alone, with additional collaborations with some of his group in the album.

      Nelly and the group worked together on the album, and at the time they said that they were going through financial difficulties, (just look at his first video) this is probably the reason why the entire thing was produced by Jay E, who was a local boy. This meant that quite a few of the beats sound similar, but it's not that clear as there is a lot of variation throughout the LP.

      1. "Intro"

      2. "St. Louie"

      This is all about Nelly showing love for his ends, and to be honest, you can't hate on him for doing it, because everyone does on their first album. Also as he is really the first St. Louis rapper to explode to success, he deserves to represent this city in the best way that he can.

      I didn't really get much out of this because he did tend to make a lot of references to local landmarks, making it quite personal, so especially if you a fan from overseas, you don't really have a clue what he talking about. I think he may have done this because he wasn't aware of how much potential the album had (eventually getting mutli-platinum sales.

      **Two Stars**

      3. "Greed, Hate, Envy"

      Nelly movs on from talking about his ends, to talking about himself in greater detail, and making it apparent that he isn't aaffraid of taking some heat on the climb to the top , because he is fully aware that there will always be haters, and their only motivation will be their own envy over the success.

      I tend to think that this isn't the reason in Nelly's case though, because at this stage in his career, he did deserve some criticism, but this one was prbably just to give him a little street cred, because coming out as a pop rapper prevents the hardcore Hip hop fans from becoming interested.

      **Three Stars**

      4. "Country Grammar"

      This was Nelly's debut, and also breakthrough single (getting into the Top Ten here and in the US), looking back it's strange that he managed to appeal to such a wide audience with this as it was quite a rough Midwestern rap trakc. It seems to contrst greatly with his raps now which are more likely to be called Pop Rap or Hip Pop than hardcore, as this was at the time.

      Nelly keeps it pure street here, and he gives us a taste of what it's like in 'the Deerty' as the atmosphere is based upon the climate, allowing them to have a laid-back attitude to society, and Nelly seems to project this (even when he comes with so in-you-face raps.

      **Five Stars**

      5. "Steal the Show" (feat. St. Lunatics)

      I was really annoyed by the particiaption of City Spud (of the St. Lunatics) in particular for this track as his inexperience in the rap game showed through in his lines, for which he repeats a phrase three times, and when you only have a few lines to spit in half a verse, it's just not acceptable.

      To be honest, the only decent attempts at bringing the overall qulaity of this track up were from Murphy Lee, but even then it wasn't the best. He reminded quite a lot of a young Ludacris, but I can't say that he took he comedic style from him, because Luda was just getting up at the time too.

      6. "Interlude"

      7. "Ride Wit Me" (feat. City Spud)

      This was the third single from Nelly's debut album, and i really was a nice and fun track, on which Nelly talks about his dating habits, and how he invites girls to "Go and take a ride wit' [him]". I thought that it was one of the best tracks from the albm, but as I have grown to dislike the pop-based raps, it seems a bit too fun now.

      Regardless of my tastes now, this one does bring back memories of when I was starting to get into rap. Pop Rap is a stage in easing young music fans into the Hip Hop genre, so I flet that this as essential for my own development.

      **Five Stars**

      8. "E.I."

      This was the second single from the "Country Grammar" album and it failed to see the success as his breakthrough single or the one which followed, "Ride Wit Me", but true Nelly fans will enjoy listening to this as it went on to be remixed into a track named "Tipdrills", the most controversial of any project he ever embarked on.

      I say it didn't reach the populatirty of other singles around this time which he made, but it still got into the top twenty here and the US, so this slow and sexual song did allow Nelly to build up some strong momentum for the future.

      You get the idea that Nelly knew that the rhymes in this were weak at times because in the "Tipdrills" version and another remix which he did to it, he redoes a lot of the raps, because they are just laughable.

      **Four Stars**

      9. "Thicky Thick Girl" (feat. Murphy Lee and Ali)

      Two of the most promising prospects from the group, St. Lunatics appear here alongside Nelly, on a track which is all about the girls with the big booties, and there isn't much else to it. It's a calm soulful track which brings the mood down after the hype of "Ride Wit Me".

      This was the first most had seen of Ali, who went of to form a duo with Goodie Mob member, Big Gipp, and Murphy Lee, who enjoyed a solo stint as Nelly, but didn't really bring enough to remain as a force in the rap game.

      **Two Stars**

      10. "For My" (feat. Lil' Wayne)

      This is probably one of the first of the countless collaborations which Weezy made during his career, he hasn't taken a break in about three years, and it's good to see where he has come from and to see his progression up to now, and he has definitely improved with time (he sounds like a little kid here).

      Nothing was brought with this track, it was just a pair of inexperienced rappers having a go on the mic(rophone), and neither of them was strong enough to carry it through as Nelly settled on working with lines from other tracks and Lil' Wayne just couldn't really give enough to make him stand out (he needed time to mature).

      **One Star**

      11. "Utha Side"

      This is like "Ride Wit Me" in that he tends to go for an R&B style with his raps by singing the lines when he sees fit, but this isn't his strength, so I really wasn't feeling it when he decided to do this.

      I felt that in cmoparison to any of his later tracks, I feel that this has the clostest likeness to "Pimp Juice" off Nellyville", which was a very slow soulful tune which had the artist singing throughuot, but it didn't mean it was any good.

      **One Star**

      12. "Tho Dem Wrappas"

      Nelly decidess to speed it up all of a sudden for this track and Jay E's production complements the way that the rapper was coming with this up-tempo tune with some of the faster rapping which we have seen more from him in more recents times. Although the composition was good, the rhymes let it down, and withou these, you can't really say it's a good rap track now can you.

      **Two Stars**

      13. "Wrap Sumden" (feat. St. Lunatics)

      In this one, Nelly and his crew are given an opportunity to talk aboutsmoking the sticky sticky (cannabis), and if you don't, then,you don't really have any reason to listen to this, because it's all about the feelings you get from smoking it et., and without this, it's unless explaining it to people. The track has no other defining features to give you a reason to want to listen to it.

      I wish he would stop writing his titles phonetically, because if you are unfamiliar with the mid-western accent, it really prevents you from getting into the track as without a title which can fully comprehend, how can you decode the rest of his rhymes.

      14. "Batter Up" (feat. St. Lunatics)

      This was the final single from the album and it was a full St. Lunatics track as everybody in the crew gets a chance to spit a few bars, just as the track which preceeded this one.

      I liked Jay E's creativity here as he used the lyrics to work up to being about to think up a beat around the Baseball theme. From this, Jay E came up with a organ melody, which is often heard as ball games, and then effectively worked this up into Hip Hop beat, without going to far from it's foundations.

      **Three Stars**

      15. Never Let Em C U Sweat" (feat. The Teamsters)

      The Teamsters are an East Coast rap group who never got up, and this track certainly wasn't something that was going to help them in any way as it really has little going for it. One of the members sounds very similar to Jadakiss in his delivery and even accent, and we don't really need another one of him in the rap game.

      I felt this was another attempt to get Nelly's street style up, but you can't take him seriouls yas a gangsta rapper after hearing his singles which had such a pop style that the raps seemed like an optional extra to the tracks.

      16. "Luven Me"

      This one has a hard beat, which is then contrasted by the synthesizer which mellows down the mood, gving Nelly the right atmosphere to get his R&B on once again. I'm sure I don't need to go into this after explaining before how it just doesn't work for him.

      Nelly slowing things down here is ineffective once more, but I felt it was marginally better than the previous attempts from earlier on because Jay E's production seemed to work better with this, than in the others which were similar to it.

      17. "Outro"

      I feel quite ashamed for liking some of the material on the album at the time, because now you can really see how poor the rhymes are, and I'm going to have to hope he comes with something highly improved upon this for his upcoming "Brass Knuckles" because even in the albums which follow this, he seems to struggle quite a lot.

      I felt that the singles were misleading, because apart from these tracks, there is nothing worth listenign to at all in this album. So just because you enjoyed "Country Grammar" (the single), "E.I.", "Ride Wit Me" and "Batter Up", doesn't mean you will like the rest of the material, in fact you will probably think the opposite of the remaining tracks.

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        06.06.2002 05:16
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        NELLY ~ COUNTRY GRAMMER This album was originally released in 2000 and is getting on a bit now but Nelly did release tracks off it such as 'Country Grammer' and 'E.I' and these songs are still well known at the present moment. The album was hugely sucessful and since Nelly seems to be making a return at the moment I thought I'd write on this Cd of his... Nelly is a rapper come RnB singer who sings fresh hip hop St.Louis style! Over the years he has become more and more noticed bringing fame to his style of music. And 2yrs on after the release of this album it is still selling strongly in shops! Nelly first appeared in the U.S knocking the famous Eminem of the number 1 spot, then in the U.K Nellys debut album stayed in the Top10 for months and was so very popular, it was a grammy winning CD! There are now 4 released singles off the album, the first of these was 'Country Grammer' in which the album was named after, then came 'E.I' and since then we have had 'Batter Up' and 'Ride Wit Me'. All brilliant music! Here are the tracks on the CD: 1. The Intro ~ Cedric the entertainer. This is an introduction about someone trying to contact Nelly, Although this is quite amusing I buy a CD for the tracks of music and I do get a little peed off with all this! Some do like this kind of thing though and it can be rather amusing to listen to! 5/10. 2. St.Louie ~ Well, the first song on the album, as the name of the track suggests this is mostly all about St. Louie and what people get up to there, I think this song is really catchy and a great intro to the album. Basically the lyrics are based around smoking weed, chilling and fu*king! May interest some but maybe not others! 9/10. 3.Greed Hate And Envy ~ This track is an interesting one, great to listen to and enjoy but can get a little annoying and stuck in the head. Hence, this is a rather a catchy tune from Nell
        y but maybe a little TOO catchy, however I do enjoy this track. 8/10. 4. Country Grammer ~ Another track that mainly talks about St.Louie. This is a great song which hit #1 in the UK. I love this tune, I think it's a summer track from 2001 or the year before that and it has stayed with me for a long tune because it's so great to listen to! 9/10 5. Steal The Show feat St.Lunatics ~ This track begins a little differently from other tracks on the CD but it soon changes into a calm rap from Nelly which is pleasant to listen to but nothing special, the chorus is what makes this song what it is. The chorus features a great variety of voices which adds a little more enthusiasm to the track. The verses are long but this track is still very listenable. 7/10 6. Interlude ~ How ANNOYING, an interlude in the middle of a CD, ahhh well it is ok, just annoys me a bit!!! Although, again this can be rather amusing if you listen to it carefully! 5/10 7. Ride Wit Me feat City Spud ~ One of my favourite tracks, a very popular hit for Nelly that is still very well known today. I'm not sure where this song reached in the charts but it was sucessful and has become well known in the U.S and the U.K over the years. This song is catchy and great for parties and get togethers. 9/10 8. E.I ~ Another one of my faves! This was also released from Nelly and this is unbelievably catchy too. Again, not too sure where it reached in the charts but a sucessful hit for the rapper. The lyrics are thought provoking and interesting, the chorus is great! 9/10 9. Thicky Thick Girl ~ This track features Murphy & Ali Lee and has been placed here quite well on the CD because I think of it as one of Nellys better tracks and putting it after 'Ride Wit Me' and 'E.I' just continues the run of excellent music! This song seems to be based around sleeping with people but I like it for the tune!!?? 8/10.
        10. For My feat lil’ Wayne ~ Begins with a ring tone but soon changes into a quick, rapping tune that is pleasant to listen to. This song does seem to repeat itself a lot but still a cool tune that is listenable. The verses are enduring but the chorus is fab. 8/10 11. Utha Side ~ This song brings a halt to the run of rather fast flowing tracks, and slowers the pace down to a cool rythem that is relaxing to listen to. A good track which features Nellys voice well. Enjoyable but nothing ground breaking. 7/10 12. Tho Dem Wrappas ~ nothing really too special on the album itself but listenable and pleasant, a little different from Nellys other tracks, not as catchy and hasn't got anything special about it. 6/10 13. Wrap Sumdem feat St. Lunatics ~ This track features other voices and doesn't focus much on Nellys voice. This is a good track, enjoyable but but again nothing too special. 6/10 14. Batter Up ~ Must say, this is the weirdest song on the album and includes some of the strangest lyrics I’ve ever heard, lol but it's just the best! I love this track, you may think the lyrics: 'The fish don’t fry in the kitchen, the beans don’t burn on the grill' are a little weird but listen to the whole tune and you will love it! This track was released so is well known. 8/10 15. Never let ‘em C U sweat feat Teamsters ~ This is a pretty cool tune which has a good rythem, all about keeping your cool. This song is great, nothing too spectacular and isn't really Nelly style but still a good tune. 8/10 16. Luven Me ~ I love this track, its one of a kind and fab to listen to. Although this track wasn't released it is quite well known off the album. It is slow style Nelly which makes a pleasant surprise towards the end of this great album. This song is romantic but cool and not all lovey dovey. 9/10 17. Outro ~ A normal Outro wh
        ich is ok because its at the end! (Doesen't annoy me as much! hehe) Again, can be amusing to listen to but nothing to special! 6/10 This CD is great, it might be a little old but I'd invest in it! It consists of great music, I just can't wait for Nellys next album now! Cheers for reading all and best wishes as always emma xXx :0)

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          27.09.2001 01:41
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          The first Song by Nelly I heard was the big hit Country Grammar, which I liked but grew sick of at one point as whenever I switched on the TV or Radio it was being played. Nelly’s second big hit in the UK was E.I., another song I quite liked. When he released the song Ride wit Me I decided I wanted to get Nelly’s album, as although I like Country Grammar and E.I., I much prefer Ride wit Me and it was my favourite song for some time. Upon buying the Country Grammar Album I can report that as well as the well-known tracks there are many other songs that I instantly liked, such as St Louis, Greed and Thicky Thick Girl. Also Nelly has since released Batter Up, which I didn’t really listen to at first but now that is another song on the album that I really like. There are several other artists that feature in this album, some of them are City Spud, St Lunatics and Cedric the Entertainer. With four big hits and many other top songs, I would certainly recommend the Country Grammar album to anyone who likes Nelly’s released songs, and also any Hip Hop or R & B fans as it should appeal to you all.

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            nelly - country grammar THis is one of the greatest albums u could listen to all year, the album has been reccomended by the thousands of people. Nelly is an ambitious 21-year-old person who puts St. Louis on the rap map with the album Country Grammar. executive producers :c-love for fo reel entertainment & kevin law. But this doesn't mean the music on Country Grammar is bad. I'm sure that means it's great. Nelly's music can only be described as the best. It steals the bawdiness and uses the Master P guide to growing up poor. And it bounces like the beats of New Orleans other hip-hop greats.Nellys debut album has the excellence to be the best hip-hop album of the year. Yet Nelly's music also has a swing that's all its own. Atlanta's nowhere near this laid-back. In contrast, Houston rap can be so laid-back, that the beats are too droopy to dance to. And while New Orleans' hip-hop has an energetic bounce, the music and lyrics are generally generic and unoriginal. But Nelly's debut has the greatness, the laid-back feel and the innovation. Ultimately, Nelly's Country Grammar is an achievement because it is listenable. But the rapper could improve by finding something to rap about besides guns, cars, weed and sex.

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            Nelly was a rap artist who popped out about a year ago and look were he has got now. He has firmly established himself in the market and has become very popular. He burst out from St Louis where you would not of heard many rappers coming from. I heard his first single country grammar which brought out the album in a way and it started to sell loads. The album was brought out a while ago but I have only just purchased it and at the time it came out many people on TV were giving it credit which I thought helped ot a lot getting it high into the album charts. He has brought out 4 singles off the album and each one is fantastic in its own way and I will go through them COUNTRY GRAMMAR This was the first single that he brought out and it was very good. It was a poppy track but he got a lot of good hard rapping in there with some great lyrics and a very catchy chorus. It became a very big single as well. E.I This sounds quite similar to his first single but he has changed the beat around a bit and added to lyrics. Some of the lyrics don’t make sense and once again he has added a very catchy chorus you can sing a long too. RIDE WIT ME My personal favourite on the album because I always seem to dance to it when I hear it. Again he has put in the catchy chorus. The rap in this single is a lot more quicker and by the point of this track had came out he was a huge hit. BATTER UP I am not a great fane of this song but it is still very good. It is a lot slower then many of the other singles and his lyrics are about getting to first, second and third base (if you know what I mean. So there you go there is a low down on his album which I think everyone should have a copy of. So go and buy it.

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              14.09.2001 23:18
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              As Cash Money and No Limit's artist development shell games wear out their welcome, fresh talent is on its way from America's heartland. On his debut, Country Grammar, St. Louis rapper Nelly demonstrates the kind of exuberant charisma that is largely lacking in the solo artists from both rival New Orleans battalions. With a sound that blends regional styles, most noticeably the sing-song cadence pioneered by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and the post-Timbaland electro-funk that amplified the reach of Southern bounce, Nelly delivers a fistful of jams to get jeeps crunkin' nationwide. The one-time hustler sprinkles crime-related cautionary tales ("Greed, Hate, Envy") in between macking ("Thicky Thicky Girl") and old-school braggadocio ("Batter Up"). "Never Let 'Em See You Sweat" flips deodorant brands into an extended metaphor about coping with the pressure of the streets. The skits featuring Cedric the Entertainer raise the album's celebrity quotient, but aren't nearly as funny as Nelly's own punch lines ("I stay … higher than a hooker on a weekend / Seven days a week and / I'll walk in your church reekin'"). Nelly's melodic flow can become monotonous after a while, but with rhymes like that and creative beats by Jason Epperson, it's a good bet he'll have us all speaking Country Grammar all summer.

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                13.09.2001 01:42

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                Like NWA, Wu tang clan and Tupac did Nelly has put a somewhat previously unknown city on the hip-hop map, St. Louis. On a recent documentary, 'The Diary of:Nelly' on mtv it showed Nelly going back to his home town. It showed again the black run-down suburbs of 'rough' America. Everyone was on the streets shouting 'Nelly, we love you Nelly!' And this is proof, that yet another rapstar has succeded in bringing hope to the otherwise somewhat damned young children of Suburban America. When people buy this album they can begin to appreciate the quality of nelly's music, but it's not just that he has spread the hip-hop fever further. He is now an acclaimed 'pop' cult figure and this has helped him to promote his album. Whether this has anything to do with the fact that it has gone six times platinum, i do not know. All I do know is that this is one of the best hip-hop albums of the naughties! It, deservedly, recieved the 'best album of the year' award at the recent Source hip-hop awards. But now to the info. This album is jam- packed full of top club anthems such as the big successes 'Ride wit' me,'E.I' and 'Batter up.' There aren't many bad songs on this 17 track album, although there are the standard hip-hop style skits which seem to just waste time. Many hip-hop fans see Nelly as more of a 'pop boy' as Ja Rule put it, that he isn't as much of a true hip hop star. There is no difference though, Nelly raps about his rise from the slums of bad life in St. Louis to high star status. He also raps about blunts, bitches and Ca$h which can only be expected. He mixs a rare type of hot beats with dope lyrics to create some top songs and there must be some 5 songs on the album which are world widely known. Nelly has given us the perfect introduction and I'm sure we'll see alot of him and his group the 'St.Lunatics' in the near
                future. I highly recommend this album as a must get for all hip-hop fans. A quality buy and now a snip at only £9.99 in most retail shops!! DEFINTELY WORTH IT! 10/10! Also if you liked this Nelly has a new album with the St.Lunatics; Free City. It is alot of the same dope lyrics and hot beats!

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                He's from St. Louis and he's proud - so proud he put down hometown comedy hero Cedric the Entertainer to do the album's intro. If you had been sleeping on the city of the big Arch (no motherfucker, not McDonald's), here's your wake-up call! Besides his Midwestern pride, Nelly also features a flow which helps to distinguish him from his other rap brethern - a musical flow which falls somewhere between TQ and Domino without ever straying so far away from it's rap roots it gets mistaken for R&B. Combined with the smooth musical tracks of Jason "Jay E" Epperson, this tends to create trunk bumping smoothness such as the opening "St. Louie" or the current chart-topping "Country Grammar (Hot Shit)." Don't confuse Nelly for a hip-hop activist with a lot of deep thoughts on his mind. The free-flowing top-down anthem "Ride Wit Me" is all about the killer B's of rap: blunts, brew, bitches, and billions. "Why do I live this way?" raps Nelly, to which his crew shouts back "HEY, must be the money!" Fo' sho' playa, that's where it's at. Keep it on that level of Notorious B.I.G. style "Party and Bullshit" and you're going to appreciate the album the way it was intended - anthems for club heads and party-goers. Songs like "E.I." and the Lil' Wayne guest-spotted "For My (Niggaz)" will definitely get the party people KRUNK and that's what it's all about. What works so well about this album is the fact that Nelly and Jay E present their musical vision almost entirely uninterrupted. Even though Nelly's boys the St. Lunatics show up on a couple tracks such as "Batter Up" and collaborator City Spud turns in a VERY-smooth riders anthem on "Luven Me", the album represents one rapper and one producer in a way that's not seen much outside DJ Premier and the Guru. This won't be mis
                taken for a compilation album as some of Heavy D's albums are (no offense Heavster, we still got +Nuttin' But Love+ for ya) - it's pure uncut St. Louis funk. Nelly's debut on the hip-hop scene works so well because he presents the more laid back feel of Midwestern fun and good times. That's not to mistake him for a herb; cause Nelly is still cocking "street sweepers" and smoking his "shimmy shimmy cocoa puff" - that's just to say Nelly approaches his rap like a true P-I-M-P. He talks game, he keeps it smooth, and you find yourself being entranced without even realizing it. Step into his world.

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                  Hello this is my first review so be gentle. Nelly used to be in the ST lunatics crew.They had one succesful regional hit called " Gimme What U got " after a few poor releases and a lack of recognition, it was realised by them that Nelly had an improved chance of success on his own. Nelly spent nearly a year trying to find a label until Universal Records signed him straight away after they heard him performing. And what a great talent they have here. Country Grammar is Nelly’s 1st album to reach world acclaim and reach the UK shores and achieve success. His first release from the album is the song the album was named after, “Country Grramma” is a song that mainly aims at him recognising the people of his home state and showing their style, which he says is unique and fresh. Country gramma took the dance floors over the world by storm with its different mixes and its great sound. This is one of the hottest albums that I have ever layed my ears on. From the outset you can hear his unique rapping style that he says is his own and that he sounds like no one else. It isn’t hardcore swearing, cussing and offensive, but a refreshing change from the normal rap music I hear. His rapping style sounds more like singing and if someone was to listen to him for the first time they wouldn’t know if it were rap or r’n’b. The second song out was E.I, which I think means “ have a good time “ and to have the coolest time you can. E.I is my favourite song from the album, the song is typical of his style and is one of the best tunes I have heard this year. The 3rd came called Ride Wit Me featuring City Spud. The song has a guitar backing which is very unusual in the rap genre. But it does sound great along with bass and the great lyrics. It is one of my favourites and is very easy to listen to compared to some other artists albums. The album contains 17 tracks,
                  3 of which are the intro, skit and the outro. Track listing 1) INTRO – Cedric the entertainer. This intro is funny and features his friend trying to get in touch with Nelly. 2) ST.louie – the first song on the album, this song is like a few track relating to his people in st.louie. It tells that most people who live there just smoke weed all-day and chill. 7/10 3) Greed, Hate and envy – I thinks is talking about the music world and how it can be very shallow. And the jealousy that can be in the atmosphere.7/10 4) Country Grramma – Is his benchmark song to which all his song in the future will be compared. Talks mainly about ST.Louie. It is a good song which hit no# 1 in the UK. 9/10 5) Steal the show feat St.Lunatics – this one feature his original ST. lunatic’s crew, it includes a bit more swearing and profanity but it manages to stay up with the rest of the high quality songs. 9/10 6) Interlude – just a normal interlude 7) Ride Wit Me feat City Spud – is my second favourite song mainly because of the lyrics and the implemented guitar riff. If you hear it on the radio the edit cuts out nearly all the song even though there is relatively little swearing. What cut out is the line “ if you wanna get high with me “. 9/10 8) E.I – is my favourite song on the album mainly because of the tune , it makes you want to sing along with it or move your feet. Definitely a must hear. 10/10 9) Thicky thick girl – I think it’s just probably a song about sex. Featuring Murphy & Ali Lee. 8/10 10) For My feat lil’ Wayne. A lot more swearing than the other songs, just focusing on women, sex and more sex. 6/10 11) Utha Side – I don’t understand the words but I like it anyway. 7/10 12) Tho Dem Wrappas – this song just sounds like For My, its has great bass and
                  an alien sound in the background, a bit like the X-files tune. 7/10 13) Wrap Sumdem feat St. Lunatics - Another song about weed and how much they smoke it. But this one sounds different and is quite funny. 9/10 14) Batter Up – weirdest song on the album and includes some of the strangest lyrics I’ve heard. Including the fish don’t fry in the kitchen the beans don’t burn on the grill. 5/10 15) Never let ‘em C U sweat feat Teamsters This one is a bit like an anthem for St. Louie, a bit like the Ruff Ryderz anthem. Something to recognise them by. 7/10 16) Luven Me – is a song in which Nelly sings to his mum and how much she looked after him. Nelly shows how much of a singing voice he has. A bit sloppy for me but it still has quite a good sound. 8/10 17) Outro If you don’t like the Rap genre then this won’t appeal to you, but if you want a new album then this definitely feature on your ‘ to buy list.

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                    19.05.2001 17:58

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                    Country Grammar is the debut album by Nelly, a rapper from St. Louis, and member of The St. Lunatics. This album was released so that people would take some notice of The St. Lunatics, which explains why it happens to feature other members of The Lunatics quite often. It is a brilliant debut album as most of the tracks are very good, there are not really any poor tracks on the album. Nelly has bought his own style together with that of The St. Lunatics and made an album that is a commercial success but is still taken very seriously by the hip-hop community. Nelly did not bring in any big names, like most rap albums nowadays, to try and sell this album he stuck to what he thought people would buy because they liked it, and it works. If you have heard the singles that he has released so far then you know what the majority of the album sounds like because the style is very similar all the way through. If you think that will make it very repetitive and boring you will be very wrong, you really need to listen to this to see just how good it is. This is one of the best debut hip-hop albums released in the last few years.

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                    05.05.2001 21:44
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                    Nelly burst out of THE St. Louis underground as part of the St. Lunatics collective, to the top of the USA charts, knocking Eminem off the top spot, and it is easy to see why this album has achieved such success. Though his rapping style may often appear to be the same, after a few listens, his relaxed country drawl, really begins to show some variation and gives the album a greatcoherency that most hip-hop albums lack. Singles 'Country Grammar' and 'EI' sound relatively similar, but they are both cracking commercial rap songs with an underground twist. The produnction is elastic and funky and totally original. What makes Nelly's debut LP so effective is its authenticity, although he may be biled as a commercial playa, his ryhmes about his life in St. Louis almost make the listener feel like they live in the place themselves by the end of the record. The opening track is a celebration of his home town which describes the activities of its inhabitants as ' some got jobs and some sell yay/ Others just smoke and f@*k all day'. And this is generally what is described for the rest of the album to great effect especially on stand out tracks 'Greed, Hate Envy' and the acustic srum along hip-hop of 'Ride wit Me', featuring his incarcerated brother City Spud. While other so-called gangstas make up their playa lifestyle, Nelly is not palying a role, but simply telling stories about his life. The touching final song 'Loven Me', is by far the album's best moment, a touching ode and apology to his mother for selling drugs out of her yard, stealing money from her and crashing her cars and also a love note to his girlfriend and shout out to his friends. It'll almost bring a tear to your eye. This album is genuine class and is entirely successful amalgamation of the mainstream and the underground.

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                      04.04.2001 04:02
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                      Nelly's grammy winning album "Country Grammer", named after his first single, is an album you will either love or hate. You've heard the single "Country Grammer", then you've heard Nelly's unique rapping style. He's from the south country and his style certainly flows from this. "Underlay, underlay, momma E-I E-I, UH OH, what's poppin tonight?" I don't know what this means, and i guess unless you're from St Louis, USA, you won't either. However, don't let this distract you from a mainly good album. The intro is pretty long and boring but leads to the first track, "St Louis". In this track, Nelly tells us about his hometown. Not as catchy as the likes of "Country Grammer" but a good track. The next track brings out Nelly's style to the full. "Greed, Hate, Envy" has got a great Southern beat and Nelly shows off his skills to the full. Everyone knows the next track, "Country Grammer". Its that track which is catchy and fun the first time you hear it, but after 100 listens can get quite boring. Still a great track but personally, i'm getting pretty bored of it. The next track is average. "Steal the Show" has the same Southern feel, but isn't very catchy. The guest appearences on the track aren't very good either compared to Nelly who only raps one verse (the only good one). The first interlude, which is pretty pointless, but leads to my favourite song on the album "Ride Wit Me". Great beat is laced with a catchy chorus which is sung. This is Nelly's next release (at the time of writing). It has some great Nelly lyrics and should be a guaranteed hit in the clubs and charts. The next tune is Nelly's great second single "E.I.". Uncomprehendable hook, but and great tune and very very catchy. However i'll probably get bored of this soo
                      n! "Thicky Thick Girl" is another average track. Nelly sings the chorus but i cant make out whether he actually raps. If he does, it isn't in his best style that we all know and love. "For My" picks the album back up with a great club track. Good party beats and a chrous that the crowd can chant to. Turn it up loud! "Utha Side" slows it down and not very successfully. Not very catchy and one to skip. Nelly shows some class lyrical skills on "Tho Dem Wrappas" again with a pounding club beat, but not one to sing along to. "Wrap sumden" has got a catchy beat to nod your head to, but the hook could be better. Average track. Another great but unusual tune is found on "Batter Up". A favourite of Tim Westwood, this has a great tune and a beat to nod your head to. Really weird lyrics on the chorus though. "Never Let 'Em C U Sweat" sees Nelly try to got gangster but not very successfully. Another poor guest on the track lets Nelly down further. Nelly lays down another good verse but an average track overall. Nelly tries to go slow again, but it works this time. "Luven Me" has a catchy sung chorus, and is great lyrically with Nelly in his prime. This is a great track and one to play over a candle lit dinner with your girl/boyfriend (well maybe not but its a great track). The outro is another pointless interlude/skit which adds nothing to the album. Overall the skits detract from some great Nelly tunes. However there are some great tunes in this album. A few weak links should be skipped but at the end of the day, if you don't like Nelly's unique style, you won't like this album. However, if like me you do love Nelly's technique, get this album now, it didn't win a grammy for nothing!

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                        16.03.2001 21:27

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                        This album has been well produced but there is only one problem... ALL THE TRACKS SOUND THE SAME. Country Glammor, E.I, and a few others are briliant but appart from that u only need to listen to track no1. Nelly has got some good ideas, and seem to be bringing the true side of gangsta rap back but in a more chilled "we live for the ladys" type of fashion. I would recomend this album but hold onto your recipt. thanks for your time

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                        Nelly is a rising fresh young hip hop artist from St.Louis who has taken the South of America by storm. Normally one associates Hip hop with the ghettos of downtown New York, Harlem, Bronx and so on or LA, but Cornell Haynes Jnr a.k.a. Nelly is from the South from the State of Missori, St. Louis. He has put St.Louis back on the map in terms of music with his chart topping debut album called Country Grammar this Summer, and the single is currently in the UK top 10. I discovered Nelly on a visit to USA this Summer in a club in New Orleans, the instant I heard the track “Country Grammar” I was jumping the track is fresh with hard lyrics and fresh tunes, different to convential rap. It explains the lingo of St.Louis style talk, his life in general in St Louis and is correctly termed “Country Grammar”. After that, everywhere I went they were playing Nelly’s Country Grammar.. “Hmm, I'm going down down baby yo street in a Range Rover Street Sweeper baby…” Now after 4 months the album Country Grammar is currently in the UK Top 10. Country Grammar comprises of 17 tracks which is not bad for a debut album. It starts with an Intro featuring Cederic the Entertainer which is rather funny teaching us about Country Grammar on his anwersphone!! Then it breaks into hip track St.Louis, E.I. ... one of my favorite tracks, other tracks include Utha Side, "Tho dem Wrappa’s", "Luven me" ah... a very nice song thanking mum for standing by through the tough times, and the album ends with an Outro featuring Cedric the Entertainer again, once more this is a funny message about communication on the answermachine … Overall, it is fun album with strong tight lyrics and easy going tunes and rythmn. Nelly is down to earth he raps about his passion in life baseball and the day to day problems/happenings and St.Louis,his songs are very easy going. This is
                        no gangsta rap and this is the future of hip hop of today and tomorrow. Country Grammar is a well balanced hip hop album and would appeal to mass audience as well as R&B, hip-hop fans without being hardcore, we have not seen the last of this young artist yet.. this is just the beginning.....

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