Nelly’s “5.0” is a definite improvement over his last album “Brass Knuckles,” but it doesn’t live up to the St. Louisan’s best hits and is a largely forgettable effort. It’s not a bad album by any means; it’s just too basic to merit a third or fourth listen.
In an industry tethered to tired samples and easy beats, N.E.R.D.’s homemade instrumentals are invigorating. Reminiscent of ’70s funk, the trio creates rhythms and melodies that are as fresh as the vocals are smooth.
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