Nelly Is Now Like A Sexed-Up Bird

The best Portuguese-Canadian female singer in the biz today has just released her new album, Loose. Nelly Furtado is back, with a very hip hop-heavy album and a tart-tastic new image. Her big single here is "Promiscuous", where she trades one-night-stand raps with super-producer and so-so rapper Timbaland. I've yet to see the video, but I hear it's got plenty of the sexy choreography and Nelly dancing around in her underwear. But don't take my word for it, the Toronto Sun has proclaimed Nelly to be sexed-up. I'd say the home of Canada's Sunshine girls should know from sexy.

Why do I care about this you ask? Well I don't really, but all the hubub around this album is kind of comical. It seems like people are baffled by the direction Nelly has gone for this new album. Now I haven't actually heard the album but apparently at least half of it features beats by Timbaland and she also collaborated with other producers like Scott Storch and Pharell. But in a world where DJ Premier is producing tracks for Christina Aguilera, Nelly Furtado doing a heavily hip hop influenced album isn't the surprising turn of events many people are making it out to be. Just off the top of my head I can think of 3 fairly hip hop songs Ms. Furtado has appeared on: Swollen Members - Breathe, Jurassic 5 - Thin Line, and The Roots - Sacrifice.

None of those jams was from an incredibly commercial group, so obviously Nelly has some real affection for hip hop. Plus Nelly appeared on a Timbaland-produced Missy remix a few years ago, so the collaboration with him isn't really a new development either. Speaking of Mr. Baland, he is responsible for one of the funniest things I've heard in a while. Apparently Coldplay frontman Chris Martin collaborated with Nelly on a song, and when he came to the studio, Timbo called him Coldplay. As in: Tim kept calling Chris "Coldplay," like, "Hey, Coldplay!" and "Coldplay's here!". That is awesome, if I ever meet Chris Martin I'm greeting him with "What's up Coldplay?".

So should people be up in arms that Nelly got tarted up and made a hip hop album? I doubt it. Her 2nd album was a debacle called Folklore that featured organic, wholesome songs and Nelly singing in Portuguese. That album didn't even go wood in the hood, so what would you expect her to do? I doubt anyone that's all angry about the new sexiness probably doesn't have a copy of Folklore in their collection. What they should be concerned about is the fact that Nelly's new album contains a song called Maneater that has nothing to do with Hall & Oates. C'maaan Nelly, do a remix and show H&O; some love!

@ 1:03 AM, awardtour kicked the following game:

and grow an Oates beard while you're at it. now that's sexy!


@ 7:58 AM, pnaedoo kicked the following game:

Nothing wrong with Nelly and the Hip Hop, but does she have to sound like Black Eyed Peas?


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