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Nelly

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Nelly went to Spain with his father, Air Force Man Cornall Haynes Sr., until he was 3 years old, then moved to St. Louis. Nelly's folks struggled financially and split up when he was 7. As the youngest child in the neighborhood he grew up getting into trouble with the big kids. As a result he ended up moving around to live with various family members. He dreamed of playing pro baseball. In high school he formed a group called the St. Lunatics. The group consisted of him and some of his friends (Kyjuan, Murphy Lee, Slo Down, City Spud, and Ali) from high school. Nelly began listening to artists like Rakim, LL Cool J, Run-DMC, OutKast, Goodie Mob, and Jay-Z. He became convinced that his gift for rap could be parlayed into a career. He has his own style of rap which he likes to describe as a jazz form of hip-hop. The first song that Nelly and the St. Lunatics made was Gimmie What You Got. The song "Gimmie What You Got" sold 7,000 units regionally and dominated airwaves, rising to the number one spot on St. Louis' number one hip-hop station. After that song the St. Lunatics encouraged Nelly to go solo and he did. He signed a record deal with Universal Records.  See full bio on IMDb »

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Nelly -- Rams Should Change Colors ... Blue & Gold Belongs In STL

Nelly
Rams Should Change Colors ... Blue & Gold Belongs In STL

New city? New team colors ... so says Nelly who believes the Rams need to leave the blue and gold in STL!  Of course, Nelly is basically the unofficial mouthpiece of St. Louis -- and… READ MORE >

Nelly -- I'm Gonna Be A No-Show In Oz ... 'Cause I Never Agreed to Go

Nelly
I'm Gonna Be A No-Show In Oz 'Cause I Never Agreed to Go

9:15 AM -- T-Pain will not be performing at the event either. The singer took to Twitter annoucing he "never received a payment." Nelly's not headed to the Land Down Under anytime soon despite an… READ MORE >

- 152 days ago
Chuck D -- Don't Sweat ISIS, Nelly ... Look Out for Ferguson Cops (VIDEO)

Chuck D
Don't Sweat ISIS, Nelly ... Look Out for Ferguson Cops

Public Enemy's Chuck D has some advice to Nelly about cancelling concerts for fear of terrorism, and it's ... get back on the road, it might be safer than the U.S. TMZ broke the… READ MORE >

- 198 days ago
Nelly -- Fears Of Terrorism Torpedo UK Tour

Nelly
Fears of Terrorism Torpedo UK Tour

Nelly has 86'd his upcoming UK tour because of terrorism. The 02 Ritz in Manchester just put the word out Nelly's concert is cancelled "due to unforeseen circumstances." The venue didn't… READ MORE >

- 200 days ago
Nelly -- No Jail Time On Drug Charges

Nelly
No Jail Time On Drug Charges

Nelly just caught a HUGE break in court Friday, and now he's one step closer to clearing his name ... IF he stays on the straight and narrow.  The rapper was in a Tennessee court for charges… READ MORE >

- 203 days ago
Nelly Makes it Rain in Dallas Strip Club ... Shake Ya Tailfeather! (VIDEO)

Nelly
Makes it Rain in Dallas Strip Club ... Shake Ya Tailfeather!

Nelly just proved he's still got money to burn by unloading a massive stack of cash on some Dallas strippers. The rap star hit up VLive Dallas with a few friends Monday night and… READ MORE >

- 269 days ago
Nelly -- Get to Stompin' in My ... Air Jordan 3s! (VIDEO)

Nelly
Get to Stompin' in My... Air Jordan 3s!

Nelly is already a certified sneakerhead -- courtesy of his song "Air Force Ones" -- but he solidified his position in the shoe lovers hall of fame when he told us about his all-time FAVORITE… READ MORE >

- 324 days ago
Nelly Arrest -- I Let Shady Characters On My Bus ... Now I'm Going to Be Like TSA

Nelly Arrest
I Let Shady Peeps On My Bus ... Now I Gotta Be Like TSA

Nelly's calling out some of the random people on his tour bus ... for getting him busted for drugs this weekend -- so now he's hand-picking who gets all access passes on his ride. Nelly tells TMZ… READ MORE >

- 445 days ago
Nelly -- Not My Meth ... Challenges Drug Arrest

Nelly
Not My Meth Challenges Drug Arrest

Nelly's lawyer is already mounting a defense in his meth arrest Saturday, claiming the drugs found weren't his. Nelly was arrested on his tour bus in Tennessee after it was pulled over for not… READ MORE >

- 447 days ago
Nelly -- Busted for Pot & Meth ... Cops Say Guns Also On Tour Bus

Nelly
Busted for Pot & Meth Cops Say Guns Also On Tour Bus

Nelly's tour bus got nailed by cops in Tennessee for a bunch of alleged offenses -- and the rapper  himself got hauled off to jail for felony possession of drugs ... including meth. A state… READ MORE >

- 447 days ago

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