Nelly: Rapper, Actor, And Entrepreneur

By: Thomas Blade

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Music culture has changed a lot. Gen z likes more of the hip hop music culture rather than slow classical music. Rapers and raping are the new cool in society. We have seen many artists introducing rapping in their tracks to make their songs hit the charts. The craze of rap is not only limited to a single country. The wave in the music industry is touching each corner of the world. 

Neely is one such name in the industry. He is an American rapper who has set his name in the music industry as a rapper in significantly less time. Some albums have broken the record and led him to become one of the most considerable talents in the music industry. There is much more to know about nelly which we will learn in a future article. 

Who Is Nelly?

Nelly’s real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr. he was born on 2 November 1974 in Austin, texas. Nelly’s father was in the air force when he was born. They both parted ways when he was just seven years old. He moved to St. Louis, Missouri. Since childhood, only he has had a keen interest in music. He loves to invent different beats and give meaning to them. 

When he was a teenager, he formed his first band. The name of the band was St Lunatics. He chooses his friends to be part of the band. His other crew members were Ali, murphy lee, kyjuan, slow down, and his half-brother city spud. The teen’s first song, which got locally popular, was ‘”gimme what you got.” Nelly tried to take the band to the next level by doing more and more practice and hard work. 

Their one song didi well on the board, but when Neely did not succeed with the band, he thought it was high time to release some solos for fame. In 1999 he signed a contract with Universal music. The same year, he released his first debut album, “country grammar.” This album is nearly the best-selling album in the whole world to date. 

Nelly’s Career

The other singles released supporting the album were “ride with me” and country grammar. Both songs remained among the top 10 list of the billiards chart. In June 2002, he released his second album named nelly ville. The album included his era’s two number-one hit songs, “dilemma” and “hot in here.” 

In 2004 he released his other album, “sweat and suit,” In another year, he released the album sweatsuit. In 2008 he released his fifth studio album named “brass knuckles.” In 2010 he released the album “5.0”  in the fall of the same year, he released the fitness DVD “celebrity sweat.” 

In 2003 and 204, both the years he won Grammy awards. He also has a supporting role in the 2005 remake film “the longest yard.”. He was sharing the screen with Adam Sandler and Chris rock. From 2008 – 2009 nelly appeared in four episodes of “CSI: NY.” From 2013 to 2016, he also appeared in 39 episodes of the reality television parody show “real husbands of Hollywood” on BET.

In 2020 Nelly was scheduled to perform his debut album Country Grammar in full at the 2020 Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee. But in the same year, coronavirus hit the world, thus leading to the postponement of the show. Because of the pandemic, it never happened. 

In July 2020, nelly joined brad paisley and other performers to put the covid 19 friendly drive in concert. The concert was held at the Hollywood Park amphitheater in his hometown of St Louis. The shows’ authority and management ensure that all people follow the guidelines of the pandemic. 

The people with the tickets must park their cars in the parking lot of the concert area. Only four people in a vehicle were allowed. A sufficient gap is maintained between the cars, which lets the people enjoy the concert without getting touched by the people. Different zones were made for the vehicles. 

Nelly’s Legal Issues

As Nelly gained name and fame in the industry, he was surrounded by many controversies. In April 2015, his bus was pulled over by the Tennessee Highway patrol. On asking, one of the officers said that he smelled marijuana on the board, and because of this, he stopped his bus. 

The bus was scoured, and the officers did find the marijuana on the bus. They also found drug paraphernalia, several handguns, and some substance they believed to be meth. Police officers were also unsure about the sense he was dealing with. He was arrested on the second the bus was searched and taken to the country jail. 

The case went to court. However, he was released on bail. He was charged with felony drug possession and other minor charges. After checking the substance found on his bus, the team said that it was not meth. The felony charges on the rapper were dropped from the case. 

However, the other charges remain the same. He pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in December 2015. The IRS placed a 2.5 million tax against Nelly’s unpaid taxes in 2016. In 2017 he was arrested in Washington near Seattle. 

He was charred for a rape case. A woman filed a lawsuit against him in which she said he called her near his bus and raped her. He was immediately arrested and booked into jail. E was later released from custody. When the case goes legally, the charges are dropped. 

Nelly’s Net Worth

He is a rapper, actor, entrepreneur, and public figure. He has a net worth of around 8 million dollars. His first album is still the superhit of his life. He has single-handedly sold more than 10 million copies worldwide of the album. 

He also owns a mansion which has been seen on the MTV show. It has a five-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom, 2679 square feet ranch-style home. After many charges, he sold his home in June 2010 for 740,158 dollars. He is still one of the great names in the music industry. He is the one who has initiated the wave of rapping worldwide. He holds a significant position in the rapper’s community.

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