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Brass Knuckles

NELLY BRASS KNUCKLES (DERRTY ENT./UNIVERSAL) Four years in hip-hop might as well be an eternity. But that’s how long it’s been since Nelly dropped an LP (technically, Sweat/Suit was two albums released on the same day, but who’s counting?). The point is, the climate in rap is much different than it was back in 2004. MTV still played videos, blogs weren’t as big, records were still selling and Nelly was on top of the world. Coming off 2000’s eight-times-platinum Country Grammar and 2002’s six-times-platinum Nellyville, the St. Lunatic leader saw his ambitious dual-disc effort—the rap-themed Sweat and the R&B-centric Suit—sell over a million ...

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