What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the CD is filled with graphic descriptions of sex, but the edited version is unusually well-produced, and softer-sounding than its companion CD, Sweat. However, there are graphic descriptions of sexual encounters that can't be entirely overcome by editing.
What's the story?
St. Louis rapper Nelly released two CDs simultaneously: SUIT and SWEAT. SUIT, the gentler and softer of the two, is apparently meant for the ladies, showing a side of the artist that is more cerebral and also more lyrical. For Nelly, this means there is still a lot of sexual innuendo and drug talk, but the edited version is surprisingly well done. The production on the CD is superb, with a terrific rhythm section cranking out a wide variety of rhythms. \"Die for You\" starts with a sweet recorded father-son phone conversation, and tells the story of Nelly's worry and guilt over the birth of his premature son and the frustrations of being a dad on the road.
Is it any good?
Nelly and his producers get an "A" for musical effort, but the real stars of the CD are those in the impressive gallery of guest performers, an unusually assorted mix featuring cameos by Pharrell Williams, Jazze Pha and T.I., Jaheim, Snoop Dogg, Ron Isley, Avery Storm, Mase, Anthony Hamilton, and -- most fabulously -- country star Tim McGraw. Releasing two CDs at once also means that Nelly had to come up with a lot of material, and some of the songs really do sound like filler; perhaps one CD with only the best material would have been a good idea.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what they think of Nelly's portrayals of relationships and women, given that this more sensitive CD is "for the ladies."