Sweat (Explicit Version) CD (2004)

Artist: Nelly

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Product Overview

Over the course of his short career Nelly has produced 3 Multi-Platinum albums that have not only catapulted him into world-wide fame, but established St.Louis as a fertile ground for Rap and Hip-Hop. With the simultaneous releases of his fourth and fifth albums Nelly continues a career that evolves and blurs the lines of Party Rap, Pop-Rap, Brag Rap and Country Rap. With two collections of songs that have everything to offer all people. From the lead single “My Place” to the autobiographical “Die For You” to the club sensation “Flap Your Wings.” Nelly reaches out to fans on all levels. Everyone will have the opportunity to SWEAT it out and SUIT it up.


Label Universal Music
SKU 61704903
UPC 602498635643
UPC 14 00602498635643
Format CD
Release Date 9/14/2004
Author Nelly
Associated Artist/Work Akili
Associated Artist/Work Ashanti (R&B)
Associated Artist/Work Jackson, Janet
Associated Artist/Work Jagged Edge
Technical Info
Engineer Jun Ishizeki; Andrew Coleman; Al Byno; Marc Stephen Lee; Tal Herzberg; Carl Nappa
Producer Dirty Swift; Jasper Cameron; Bruce Waynne; The Neptunes; Trife; Jazze Pha; Phillip Duckett; Jason Epperson; Alchemist; T-Mix; Jayson Bridges; Dirty Swift; Bruce Waynne; The Neptunes; Trife; Doe
CatalogID 000331402
Lable Name Universal
Released 09/14/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 57m : 53s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602498635643
Musical Guests
Jasper Cameron
St. Lunatics
Murphy Lee
Christina Aguilera
Mobb Deep
Missy Elliott
Lil' Flip
Big Gipp
Fat Joe
Lincoln University Vocal Ensemble
Jazze Pha
Stephen Marley
Young Tru
Gube Thug
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Nelly; Christina Aguilera (vocals); Trife (keyboards); Jasper Cameron (vocals); Fat Joe, Jazze Pha, Ali, Missy Elliott, Mobb Deep, Murphy Lee, St. Lunatics, Stephen Marley , Big Gipp, Remy, Lil' Flip, Lincoln University Vocal Ensemble, Young Tru, Gube Thug.
Audio Mixer: Richard Travali.
Recording information: Basement Beats Studios, St. Louis, MO; Darp Studios, Atlanta, GA; Derrty Studios, LA; Derrty Studios, St. Louis, MO; Jupiter Studios, St. Louis, MO; Lion's Den Studio, Miami, FL; Platinum Sound Recording, New York, NY; The Lab, New York, NY; The Record Plant, LA; The Village Recorder, LA.
Photographers: James White ; Jonathan Mannion.
After a pair of multi-platinum records made Nelly the instant icon of St. Louis rap, the man who found the perfect balance of pop and hip-hop still had a surplus of music to let out. So with his 2004 efforts, Nelly decided to split up his new compositions into two albums--the down-and-dirty, raw club jams and the smooth, refined songs, respectively SWEAT and SUIT.
SWEAT opens with "Heart of a Champion," a powerful, sports-referencing piece of adrenaline-pumping hip-hop that samples, of all things, John Tesh's "Roundball," the ubiquitous theme music for NBC Sports. From the ballfield, Nelly moves the party to the club for most of the remaining tracks, with pure dance cuts like "Na-Nana-Na" and the crunk-flavored "Flap Your Wings." He breaks stride for a more sinister 1970s-funk vibe on "Tilt Ya Head Back," featuring a soul-stirring vocal turn from Christina Aguilera. "Playa" goes for a smooth groove, with Mobb Deep and Missy Elliott dropping by to cast a mood both dark and sweet. For SWEAT, Nelly clearly intended to create a loose, unguarded party atmosphere, and with help from his friends and the best producers in the game, he succeeds.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.97) - 3 1/2 stars out of 5 - "SWEAT is the street album, playing up his hip-hop clout....Proving Nelly as one of the most clever and effusive pop minds around..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.75) - "SWEAT works its way through all the hallmarks we've come to expect from Nelly records..." - Grade: B-
Vibe (p.184) - 3 discs out of 5 - "Showing off his wilder side on SWEAT, Nelly offers explicit yet infectious music..."
Disc 1
1 Heart Of A Champion - (featuring Lincoln University Vocal Ensemble)
2 Na-NaNa-Na - (featuring Jazze Pha/Jasper Cameron)
3 Flap Your Wings
4 American Dream - (featuring St. Lunatics)
5 River Don't Runnn - (featuring Murphy Lee/Stephen Marley)
6 Tilt Ya Head Back - (featuring Christina Aguilera)
7 Grand Hang Out - (featuring Fat Joe/Young Tru/Remy)
8 Getcha Getcha - (featuring St. Lunatics)
9 Another One
10 Spida Man
11 Playa - (featuring Mobb Deep/Missy Elliott)
12 Down In Da Water - (featuring Ali/Gube Thug)
13 Boy - (featuring Lil' Flip/Big Gipp)
ReviewSource RapReviews.com
Review On the "Sweat" side, Nelly immediately pumps out the adrenaline to emphasize the concept. Press play
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Village Voice
Review Less pitch-challenged than pop-thug shower singer Ja Rule, Nelly's developed a unique brand of recit
Reviewer Jason King
ReviewRating 7
Product Attributes
Artist Nelly
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc
Blender Sweat... is more fun, but that's the point.
Rolling Stone Nelly mixes hip-hop energy and pop ebullience like it's no sweat at all.
The New York Times These are easily Nelly's best albums so far.
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