by NellyNelly


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Even if Nelly had his most successful single in years with 2010's "Just a Dream," his defining numbers go back over a decade before this 2013 release, with "Country Grammar" landing in 2000 and the massive "Hot in Herre" dropping in 2002. The serene and smooth "Just a Dream" was also an odd duck for the party-time rapper as he always seemed more comfortable popping bottles and dropping drawers, so the semi-sweet M.O. splits the difference, dropping "Just a Dream" sequels like the uplifting "Heaven" with Daley, and the less-successful "Headphones" with Nelly Furtado, a rap-by-numbers "we need something that sounds like B.o.B's 'Airplanes'" track. The rapper Nelly's unique voice -- high-pitched but soulful enough not to be strident -- is surprisingly up to the task of these ballads, and he sounds sincere even when the material is unexceptional, but the creative flights of fancy found on his previous album, 5.0, are back too, only this time, they're the highlights. "Rick James" with T.I. is a disco-funk joy fueled by Pharrell Williams in full Neptunes mode with live drums and a slowly rocking beat, but the album cut to cherish is the effortless stunner "Maryland, Massachusetts," where Nelly rattles off "Keep a bad bitch from St. Louis to Vallejo/Your bitches they don't exist, Manti Te'o" and a bunch of other clever stingers. That guests tend to rule their cuts as "Idgaf" is so Pharrell it's almost N.E.R.D., while "100K" sounds like 2 Chainz even before the rapper hits the cut, while Nicki Minaj drops the fantastic common misuse couplet "You should follow my example/Bitch i.e." during the excellent "Get Like Me." Still, that Minaj feature opens the album when it would have been better placed down the track list, and with some redundant numbers to consider, M.O. is both a step up from his previous effort and a mixed bag to rejigger and edit.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2013
Label: Republic
UPC: 0602537528080
catalogNumber: 001916902
Rank: 154484

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nelly   Primary Artist
Pierre Medor   Keyboards
Evan Taubenfeld   Guitar
Rico Love   Background Vocals
Dylan Murray   Background Vocals
Leah Labelle   Background Vocals
Frank Romano   Guitar
Celia Palli   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Mike Posner   Composer
Ralph Cacciurri   Engineer
Pharrell Williams   Composer,Producer
Kevin Liles   Management
Nelly   Executive Producer
Andrew Coleman   Arranger,Engineer
Lynn M. Scott   Marketing
Dawud West   Art Direction
Pierre Medor   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Evan Taubenfeld   Composer
Ariel Chobaz   Engineer
Alec Newell   Engineer
Rick DeVarona   Engineer
Rico Love   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League   Producer
Andrew Roettger   Composer
Soul Unique   Producer
Ghazi Hourani   Engineer
Max Unruh   Engineer
Jevon Hill   Composer
Detail   Composer,Producer
John McGee   Composer
Cornell Haynes   Composer
Theodore Thomas   Composer
Timothy Thomas   Composer
Tremaine Neverson   Composer
Theron Thomas   Composer
Demacio "Demo" Castellon   Vocal Engineer
Clifford Harris   Composer
Mike Larson   Arranger,Engineer
Cameron Thomaz   Composer
Onika Maraj   Composer
Thurston McCrea   Engineer
Zach Steele   Engineer
Rock City   Producer
John Jackson   Composer
Diego Avendaño   Engineer
Erik Ortiz   Composer
Kevin Crowe   Composer
Bertell Young   Composer
Sidney Swift   Composer
Nayvadius Wilburn   Composer
Kenneth Bartolomei   Composer
Tauheed Epps   Composer
Lewis Hughes   Composer
Nicholas Audino   Composer
Jak "Suthernfolk" Brown   Vocal Engineer
Starley Hope   Composer
Allen Ritter   Composer
Co-Captains   Producer
Andre Proctor   Composer
Diego Ave   Composer,Programming,Producer
Josh "$K" McGee   Producer
Alex Goodwin   Composer
John Goodier   Composer
Abraham Mosses   Composer
Twice As Nice   Producer
Tricktheflow   Producer
Raasol Diaz   Composer
Outer Limits   Producer
Martin Evans   Composer
Brandon Green   Composer

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