At one point in Nelly’s career, he could do no wrong. It seemed as if the St. Louis spitter was churning hit after hit. But then, something happened. No one really knows the culprit, but it’s evident that the music suffered.
Sadly, M.O. carries on that tradition. His lead single “Hey Porsche”, is a feeble attempt at regaining Top 40 dominance. “Ciroc & Simply Lemonade” is sobering. Most disturbing is the cryptic “Maryland, Massachusetts,” a track where Nelly uses the states’ abbreviations to describe ecstasy. Get it? MDMA? Thought not. Other bad ideas include collabos with 2 Chainz (“100K”), Nicki Minaj (“Get Like Me”) and Trey Songz (“All Around The World”).
There are moments where Cornell shows signs of his former self. With wingmen Pharrell and T.I. at his disposal, “Rick James” and “IDGAF” are contemporary delights. Even God would approve of guest Daley on the dulcet cut, “Heaven”.
It should be noted that Nelly took a three year break to complete the album. Maybe his M.O. should be more focused on music. —B.Dot