Nelly

Biography

In the summer of 2000, Cornell "Nelly" Haynes Jr. did the unbelievable. Nelly, an unknown rapper from St. Louis, Missouri, sold over a quarter of a million copies of his debut album, Country Grammar during its first week of release.

On the strength of his first single "Country Grammar (Hot . . .)," the album would spend seven weeks atop the Billboard 200 chart. His subsequent hits, "E.I." and "Ride Wit Me," would push the album to over 9 million units sold domestically. Not bad for a kid no one had ever heard of before. Two years later, in the summer of 2002, Nelly proved to be no one-hit wonder when his sophomore album Nellyville came in at the number one position on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart. That same week, the rapper just happened to be controlling the top slot on ten separate Billboard charts as well.

Nellyville went on to sell over 6 million records domestically and earn its creator two Grammy trophies for the singles "Hot In Herre" (Best Male Rap Solo) and "Dilemma" (Best Rap/Sung Collaboration).

In 2003, he released a platinum-selling remix album, Da Derrty Versions (The Reinvention). As a member of the St. Lunatics, comprised of Nelly, Ali, Murphy Lee, Kyjuan and Slo Down, he released the platinum-selling Free City in 2001. And last year, he picked up another Grammy for his collaboration with Murphy Lee and P. Diddy for "Shake Ya Tailfeather" (Best Rap Performance By A Duo or Group). Cumulatively, Nelly has sold close to 30 million singles/albums worldwide establishing him as one of the top-selling artists of our time. On the music front, Nelly has expanded his role beyond that of just an artist. He is also the CEO of his own label, Derrty Entertainment, a venture with Universal Records that has seen success with release of his remix album and Murphy Lee's platinum-bound solo debut, Murphy's Law.

Nelly's risk taking, growth and diversity should come as no surprise. His career success can be directly linked to his willingness to go out on a limb. From the melodic singsong rap hybrid that has become his trademark to his business ventures, Cornell Haynes, Jr., has colored outside of traditional rap lines. He has Vokal and Apple Bottoms, the requisite man's and women's clothing lines. But the young man who was once seriously scouted by the Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves -who still hoops at local community center in his hometown - has continued to show his love for sports. He's performed at Superbowls XXXV and XXXVIII (2001 and 2004, respectively). He maintains interest in a NASCAR team and has recently become part owner of an NBA expansion team, the Charlotte Bobcats.

Not satisfied with simply taking part in the "Got Milk?" ad campaign, Nelly created Pimp Juice, his own non-carbonated energy beverage. In its first quarter, Pimp Juice sold over a million units and was recognized by the respected industry trade BevNet (The Beverage Network) as the "People's Choice" for best energy drink, as well as being touted by Vibe magazine as the "best energy drink." Nelly has also started two non-profit organizations: 4 Sho 4 Kids aims at helping underprivileged inner-city youth by providing them literacy and other educational and social programs; Jes Us 4 Jackie, helps locate bone marrow donors for leukemia patients.

In 2002, Haynes segued from rapping to acting when he appeared in a starring role in the independently released film Snipes and the superstar rapper/entrepreneur/actor/athlete has landed a significant role in a re-make of the Burt Reynolds' classic film, The Longest Yard starring Adam Sandler and Chris Rock.

Now, the three-time Grammy winning artist will blaze a new trail. On September 14, 2004, he will become the first rap artist ever to release two new albums simultaneously, Sweat and Suit. Get this clear: Sweat and Suit are two separate albums full of all-new, high quality material. That's right, two albums. Not a double album: Two fully realized albums - each musically whole, conceptually complete and able to stand on its own.

Rarely do extended experiments of vision such as Miles Davis's Bitches Brew or Stevie Wonder's Songs In The Key Of Life make it to the record shelves or your favorite online retailer. With new albums containing collaborations with a wide range of today's hottest artists including: Tim McGraw, Snoop Dogg, Ron Isley, Christina Aguilera, Fat Joe, Remy Ma and more, that unknown kid from St. Louis has evolved into a multi-talented artist, not content to retread the well-defined path of others or rest on his laurels. Sweat and Suit chronicles the best of both sides of life; the ups and downs; the good and bad. The albums provide a glimpse into the thoughts and life of the man behind the hits. "This time I was able to open up a little more and let people know that there are other sides of Nelly," he says.
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Reach Me

26th September 2014 -

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Nelly Appeals For Calm in Ferguson, Missouri, As Violence Continues

19th August 2014 -

 News

As the violent disturbances in Ferguson, Missouri continued into a ninth day, rapper Nelly decided to address the protestors on Monday and appeal for calm.Nelly arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to appeal for calm among protestors...

Singing St. Louis' Praises: Budweiser Made in America Hit Missouri In Their Music Documentary Expose

12th August 2014 -

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The ever overlooked St. Louis, Missouri is our next stop for the Budweiser Made in America documentary series, and an appropriate point ahead of Jay Z's music festival.Almost every major city in the United States...

Everything That's Wrong With The Snoop Dogg And Psy Collaboration "Hangover"

10th June 2014 -

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In one of the oddest collaborations since Nelly gave country artist Tim McGraw a call and asked to bring his Louisiana drawl to the R&B track “Over And Over”, Snoop Dogg has teamed up with...

Fergie And Jennifer Hudson Support Brown Shoe Company's 100 Years Of Listing Celebration At The NYSE

28th April 2014 -

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R&B singers Estelle, Nelly, Fergie and Jennifer Hudson were snapped posing on the red carpet at the Brown Shoe Company 100 Years Of Listing celebration held at the New York Stock Exchange.The company, which owns...

The History of Nelly's 'Hot in Herre'

17th March 2014 -

 News

You’ve been hiding under a rock if you haven’t heard about radio station KVVF’s epic PR stunt. To announce the rebranding of the station as ‘Hot 105.7’ the station have been playing Nelly’s ‘Hot in...

Nelly's 'Hot in Herre' Played Over and Over As Radio Station Market Their Rebranding

17th March 2014 -

 News

It all started at 3pm on Friday afternoon (March 14). Nelly’s popular track, ‘Hot in Herre” started playing – a nice little 3pm treat, many listeners would have thought to themselves. But this was part...

Nelly - Get Like Me Ft. Nicki Minaj & Pharrell Williams (Explicit)

2nd August 2013 -

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Nelly has teamed up with Nicki Minaj and Pharrell on his latest single 'Get Like Me'; the follow-up to previous single 'Hey Porsche', both of which will feature on his new album 'M.O.' coming on...

Abductee Amanda Berry "Inspired" Rapper Nelly With Her Courage

1st August 2013 -

 News

An audibly starstruck Nelly has spoken about his experiences having met one of the three women who was abducted and held for ten years in Cleveland, Ohio. Amanda Berry, 27, was sixteen years old when...

Rapper Nelly Invites Cleveland Abductee Amanda Berry On Stage For Song Dedication

29th July 2013 -

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During Ohio music festival RoverFest, rapper Nelly halted his performance to welcome Amanda Berry, the woman who was held captive in a house for 10 years, on stage so he could dedicate a song to...

Amanda Berry, Cleveland Kidnapping Victim, Makes Public Appearance With Nelly

29th July 2013 -

 News

Amanda Berry, one of the three women held captive for ten years in a Cleveland home, made her first public appearance following her captor's plea of guilty, at a concert featuring Nelly. She appeared on...

A Week in News featuring: Beyonce, Megan Fox, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, Drake, Nelly and Much More!

18th October 2012 -

 Review

Run the World, Girls: In 2013, Beyonce will attempt to succeed where many before her have failed spectacularly: by putting on a decent Super Bowl half time show. http://www.contactmusic.com/news/top-5-beyonce-for-super-bowl-half-time-... target="_blank">With advertisers paying up...

A Week in Music featuring: Ellie Goulding, Green Day, Paloma Faith, Axewound, The Vaccines and much more!

16th October 2012 -

 Review

Albums of Note... That 'difficult second album' phase is probably even more difficult when - in between your first and second album - you have performed at the Royal wedding, had your songs splashed all...

Nelly Claims To Know Nothing Of No Heroin!

12th October 2012 -

 News

Rapper Nelly is making it crystal clear that he had no idea his bus was carrying heroin when it was searched by Sierra Blanca police in Texas this week. Authorities seized 10 pounds of weed,...

Busted In Sierra Blanca: Nelly Held By Police, Heroin Found In His Tour Bus

12th October 2012 -

 News

Rapper Nelly escaped the long arm of the law after a police raid of his tour bus allegedly found heroin, weed and a loaded gun on board, TMZ report.According to Texas law enforcement sources, Nelly's...

Drugs And Loaded Gun Seized: Nelly’s Tour Bus Raided In Sierra Blanca

12th October 2012 -

 News

Nelly’s tour bus was searched at a border patrol in Sierra Blanca, Texas. Heroin was uncovered, alongside a loaded firearm, reports MTV.The rapper was detained on Wednesday night (October, 9 2012) but wasn’t arrested, after...

Nelly's Whole New Dilemma As His House is Raided, Drugs Seized

11th October 2012 -

 News

Nelly, the multi-platinum selling rapper with a trademark band-aid on his cheek has had his tour bus raided by police, where they found heroin, a loaded gun and a huge amount of weed, so reports...

Nelly - 5.0

23rd November 2010 -

 Review

Guess who's been top of the Billboard charts more than any other rap group or artist? It isn't Tupac, or Eminem, or Lil Wayne. It isn't Outkast. It isn't, despite the hullabaloo surrounding his new...

Nelly, Grillz, Video Stream

9th March 2006 -

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NellyGrillzMarch 20thVideo'Grillz' is the brans new single by Rap superstar Nelly. He broke onto the scene in 2000 with his debut single "Country Grammar", has his brand new single "Grillz" released on March 20th...

Nelly - Grillz

2nd February 2006 -

 Review

NellyGrillzIsland Uk Release Date March There are hits and there are HITS, "Grillz" is bigger than McDonalds and Coca Cola in America right now. This track with its...

Nelly - N'Dey Say - Video Stream

9th June 2005 -

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21st February 2005 -

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4th December 2003 -

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1st December 2003 -

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NEED NELLY TO CONTACT ME ASAP FOR COPYRIGHTS OF THIS ST. LOUIS WORK I PUT TOGETHER AND INPUT AND CRITICISM I AM THE ST. LOUIS UNGROUND R&B KING HANDS DOWN

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Mrs.Haynes

First let me say "I am Nelly's wifey so all yall lil youngans need 2 leave my man alone cause he don't want yall tricks he got a wife and dats me". Nelly's is da finest thing that's happened 2 me so move out my way bitches or else!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL!

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Light Skin Freak 06

Nelly does not want any one of you hoes on this linebecause think about it he could have anybody he wants.I feel he would be better with me because I know how totreat a man cook, clean the whole nine. That's whant mybaby Nelly needs in his life someone who can be therefor him so all you other hoes need to move on and that all I gotta say.

8 years 7 months ago
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hes mine BITCHES!!!

haha u wish u were his number one fan wow u went to "one" of his concerts iv gone to like 8 so bitch u have it wrong u aint got s**t on me!!! wat now?!?!? ps i think u should learn how to spell for starters!!!

8 years 11 months ago
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Annette Sullivan

How old is Nelly?

8 years 8 months ago
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zahra

i think nelly is a great guy and wish him the best.

7 years 11 months ago
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janis

I am glad all of yall is devoted fans keep loving my baby Nelly.His daughter Nelly Cornella and I appreciate the love you have for him.Thanks Janis

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nellysbaby

Nelly is like the hottest thin' on the planet right now and he is my boo boo. So all i got to say is step off bitches this man is taken!!!!!!!!!

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