Sweat and Suit aren't far apart musically. Sweat features street-cred guest shots from Fat Joe, Mobb Deep and Missy Elliott, yet it's also the one with "Tilt Ya Head Back," a completely pop duet with Christina Aguilera. Sweat also has the Neptunes-produced "Flap Your Wings," where Nelly rhymes, "I'm so fabulous/Booteus maximus" amid cowbell-crazy party beats and detailed dance instructions (Lesson One: "Take off your pants, ma, you can leave your panties on/But first drop down and get your eagle on"). Suit is only slightly poppier, featuring Snoop Dogg and Ron Isley in "She Don't Know My Name" and Jaheim in the cheating song "My Place." Mase continues his none-too-historic comeback with "In My Life," but the weirdest guest is country singer Tim McGraw, who sings along with the guitar twang of "Over and Over." It's a hip-hop version of Willie Nelson throwing down with Julio Iglesias in "To All the Girls I've Loved Before." All over Sweat/Suit, Nelly mixes hip-hop energy and pop ebullience like it's no sweat at all.
(Posted: Sep 22, 2004)
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