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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 »

Nelly -- Rioters In Hometown Need To Wise Up ... And Stop The Violence

Hometown Rioters Need To Wise Up Stop The Violence

Nelly has a message for protesters in his hometown ... cut the crap!The King of St. Louis finally talked publicly about the shooting death of Michael Brown ... saying the people of… READ MORE >

50 Cent -- Trolls Floyd Mayweather ... Nelly Stole Your Chick!!

50 Cent
Trolls Floyd Mayweather Nelly Stole Your Chick!!

50 Cent is talkin' some SERIOUS SMACK to Floyd Mayweather ... harassing the boxer over the fact Nelly is dating Floyd's ex-GF ... and claiming the rapper "really took your lady."For the record, 50… READ MORE >

- 489 days ago
Nelly -- FLOYD MAYWEATHER IS NOT MY FRIEND ... But He Tried to Bang My Ex


Nelly says he and Floyd Mayweather were NEVER FRIENDS ... even though they used to hit the clubs together .... but says Floyd once tried to bang his ex-girlfriend behind his back. We broke… READ MORE >

- 577 days ago
Floyd Mayweather's Ex Dating Nelly -- Boxer is 'Broken Hearted'

Floyd Mayweather
'Broken Hearted' That Ex Is Dating Nelly

Floyd Mayweather is a man with a broken heart ... this according to sources close to the boxer who tell us he was devastated when he learned his ex-fiancee is rebounding with his old friend… READ MORE >

- 577 days ago
CRAZY Grammy Party -- Cops Shut Down Meek Mill, Diddy, a Camel & a Lion

CRAZY Grammy Party
Cops Shut Down Meek Mill, Diddy ... Plus a Camel and a Lion

Cops swarmed the Grammy afterparty thrown by Meek Mill in the Hollywood Hills -- a party so wild it had more than a thousand celebs and actual WILD ANIMALS!!Meek rented out a mansion on Mulholland… READ MORE >

- 672 days ago
Nelly -- 'MADONNA F**KED UP' ... By Dropping N-Bomb Online

'MADONNA F**KED UP' By Dropping N-Bomb Online

Madonna straight "f**ked up" when she dropped the N-word online in a shout-out to her son ... so says the rapper Nelly, who tells TMZ, "She need to get her sh*t right."Nelly was leaving a Grammy… READ MORE >

- 672 days ago
CMT Awards -- It's a Black Thang, Y'All!!

CMT Awards
It's a Black Thang, Y'All!!

Nelly, Darius Rucker, and Cowboy Troy hit up the CMT Awards ... on purpose -- proving country music is going the way of baseball, basketball, golf, and even hockey! Ok, maybe not hockey. Yet.  READ MORE >

- 906 days ago
Black Guys at the Country Music Awards -- Who'd You Rather?

Black Guys
At Country Music Awards WHO'D YOU RATHER?

Country singer Cowboy Troy (42), Hootie frontman Darius Rucker (47) and rapper Nelly (38) represented the African American community while walking the red carpet at the 2013 CMT Music… READ MORE >

- 907 days ago
Nelly Tour Bus Passenger Pleads Not Guilty

Nelly Tour Bus Passenger
Pleads Not Guilty to Felony Possession

Brian Keith Jones, the man who was busted aboard Nelly's tour bus for drug possession, plead not guilty yesterday ... TMZ has learned. As TMZ first reported, Nelly's tour bus was pulled over on… READ MORE >

- 1142 days ago
Nelly -- I Had No Idea Drugs and Guns Were On My Tour Bus

I Had NO Idea Drugs Were On My Bus

Nelly is speaking out about the drug bust on his tour bus this morning -- saying he had no clue the vehicle was loaded down with heroin and marijuana.Nelly tells TMZ, “It is my understanding… READ MORE >

- 1144 days ago

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