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Single Review: Nelly – ‘Get Like Me’ (feat. Nicki Minaj, Pharrell)

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The second single from Nelly’s upcoming seventh studio album, is an exciting turnaround from the lead single released earlier this year.

nelly-get-like-me350x350Get Like Me featuring Nicki Minaj and Pharrell puts some swag back into the hype surrounding the release of M.O., and is a typical but addictive urban treat.

Nelly’s last two tracks, both released earlier this year, have been a diversion from his usually solid, hip hop anthems. We’ve had Hey Porsche, which can only be described as a more suitable track for One Direction – even though it was very catchy, it was a pretty risky move from Nelly and a step out of the hip hop world into the pop world. Then we had the remix of the most country sounding song to reach my Australian ears, Cruise by Florida Georgia Line, which again, was not located within Nelly’s usual territory.

But it seems someone must have tapped Nelly on the shoulder and told him what we were all thinking: “Dude. What’s up with that?” because he’s back on track. It’s Hot in Herre again, as Nelly brings back the old school sounds of his previous collaborations with Pharrell, like Hot in Herre and Flap Your Wings. The song is even reminiscent of Pharrell’s collaboration with Snoop Dogg, Drop it Like It’s Hot.

Get Like Me uses that percussion focused sound and played down, mellow verses from Pharrell, Nicki Minaj and Nelly. There’s a definite chemistry between the three urban heavyweights, although, because of this even collaboration, it sounds more like a joint effort, then a Nelly song featuring the other two.

But even though Nelly doesn’t shine brighter then his counterparts, at least we can get a better feel for the tone of the upcoming album with this track. I’m more excited now than I was at the release of Hey Porsche – and if this single is anything to go by, his rumoured collaborations with Nelly Furtado, T.I., Trey Songz and Wiz Khalifa should make for a hot album.