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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 »

LATEST STORIES
  
Nelly Says Resting NBA Players Sucks ... But He Gets It (VIDEO)

Nelly
Resting NBA Players Sucks ... But I Get It

Good news for LeBron James ... Nelly totally gets why NBA teams are resting their marquee players, saying the guys are playing a ton of minutes and need a break sometimes. Bad news for Lebron… READ MORE >

Nelly Can't Name a Single Chuck Berry Song (VIDEO)

Nelly
Chuck Berry Was a Legend! His Best Song ... Uhhhhhhhh

Nelly has mad respect for the late Chuck Berry ... but the dude can't name a single song! We got the St. Louis rapper leaving Bootsy Bellows Saturday night -- who shares the same hometown as… READ MORE >

- 37 days ago
Ray Lewis Goes Full Nelly ... In Hilarious 'Lip Sync Battle' Performance (VIDEO)

Ray Lewis
Whoa Nelly, You've Grown Lip Sync's 'Hot In Herre'

Here's Ray Lewis showing us all what a live show of "Hot In Herre" would look like if Nelly was 250 pounds ... punishing a lip sync performance of the song. Ray's on this week's episode of "Lip… READ MORE >

- 85 days ago
Nelly -- No Pimp Juice with Uncle Sam ... IRS Demands a Couple Mil

Nelly
No Pimp Juice with Uncle Sam ... IRS Demands a Couple Mil

Nelly might wanna tighten his belt, he's staring down one of the biggest celeb tax liens we've ever seen ... topping the $2 mil mark!  Uncle Sam nailed Nelly with a $2,412,283 federal… READ MORE >

- 227 days ago
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 >

- 395 days ago
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 >

- 449 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 >

- 496 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 >

- 498 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 >

- 501 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 >

- 567 days ago