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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 -- '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 >

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 >

- 632 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 >

- 633 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 >

- 869 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 >

- 871 days ago
Rapper Nelly -- Cops Raid Tour Bus, Heroin Seized

Rapper Nelly
Cops Raid Tour Bus Heroin Seized

Rapper Nelly was detained last night in Texas while police officers searched his tour bus -- and found HEROIN in addition to a loaded gun ... and MASSIVE amounts of weed ... law enforcement… READ MORE >

- 871 days ago
Nelly -- Sued by American Express for Credit Card Debt

Sued by American Express for Credit Card Debt

Nelly ran up a $20,403.64 credit card bill with American Express -- which seems totally reasonable for a big name rap star. Just one problem ... AMEX says he never paid it!The credit card… READ MORE >

- 1163 days ago
Nelly Calls In Sick for Meet and Greet with Troops

Calls In Sick for Meet and Greet with Troops

Rapper Nelly cancelled a scheduled meet and greet with the troops at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska yesterday after he claimed to be sick.Nelly performed at Dena'ina Civic and… READ MORE >

- 1177 days ago

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