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NellyFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaThis article is about the rapper. For other uses, see Nelly (disambiguation).NellyBackground informationBirth nameCornell Haynes, Jr.BornNovember 2, 1974 (age 36)Austin, Texas, United StatesOriginSt. Louis, Missouri, United StatesGenresHip hop, pop, R&BOccupationsRapper, singer-songwriter, executive producer, philanthropist, actorYears active1993presentLabelsDerrty Entertainment/Universal Motown/Bad Boy South[1]Associated actsSt. Lunatics, Kelly Rowland, Jermaine Dupri, Polow da Don, Ashanti, T.I.Websitenelly.netCornell Haynes, Jr. (born November 2, 1974), better known by his stage name Nelly, is an American rapper and singer.He has performed with the rap group St. Lunatics since 1993 and signed to Universal Records in 1999. Under Universal, Nelly began his solo career in 2000 with his debut album Country Grammar, the title track of which was a top ten hit. Thealbum debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and went on to peak at #1. Country Grammar is Nelly's best-selling album to date, selling over 8.4 million copies in the United States.[2] His following album, Nellyville, produced the number-one hits "Hot in Herre" and "Dilemma" featuring Kelly Rowland. Other singles included "Work It" featuring Justin Timberlake, "Air Force Ones" featuring Murphy Lee andthe St. Lunatics, "Pimp Juice", and "#1".With the same-day dual release Sweat and Suit (2004) and the compilation Sweatsuit (2006), Nelly continued to generate many chart-topping hits. Sweat debuted atnumber two on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 342,000 copies in its first week. On the same week of release, Suit debuted at number one selling around 396,000 copies in its first week on the same chart. Nelly's fifth studio album, Brass Knuckles, was released on September 16, 2008 after several delays. It producedthe singles "Party People", featuring Fergie, "Stepped on My J'z" and "Body OnMe", featuring Akon and Ashanti.In 2010, Nelly released the album 5.0. The lead single, "Just a Dream", has appeared in the top ten of several singles charts and were certified platinum in theUnited States. The second single is "Move That Body" featuring T-Pain and Akon."Gone" is the sequel to Nelly's 2002 worldwide number one single "Dilemma", also with Rowland, and serves as third single from Nelly's album.He won Grammy Awards in 2003 and 2004 and had a supporting role in the 2005 remake film The Longest Yard with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock. He has two clothing lines, Vokal and Apple Bottoms. He has been referred to by Peter Shapiro as "oneof the biggest stars of the new millennium",[3] and the RIAA ranks Nelly as oneof the best-selling male artists in American music history,[4] with 21 million albums sold in the United States.On December 11, 2009, Billboard ranked Nelly the#3 Top Artist of the Decade.[5]Contents [hide]1 Biography1.1 1974–2000: Early life and career beginnings1.2 2002–03: Nellyville1.3 2004–05: Sweat and Suit1.4 2008: Brass Knuckles1.5 2009–present: 5.02 Artistry2.1 Rapping technique
 
3 Other ventures3.1 Endorsements, business ventures and philanthropy4 St. Lunatics5 Film and television career6 Discography7 See also8 References9 External linksBiography1974–2000: Early life and career beginningsNelly was born in Austin, Texas, where his father was serving in the military. When he was seven, his parents divorced.[6] Nelly moved with his mother from inner city St. Louis to suburban University City, Missouri as a teenager. While still in high school, Nelly formed the St. Lunatics, who enjoyed local popularity with their single "Gimme What Ya Got". When a major record deal failed to appear,Nelly decided to go solo.[7] He was soon signed to Universal Music Group, whichreleased his major label debut Country Grammar in 2000. The success of its titletrack as a single (#7 on the Hot 100 and #1 Hot Rap Tracks) led to the album debuting at number three in the Billboard 200 in the U.S. Other singles from the album included "E.I.", "Ride Wit Me", and "Batter Up".[7] The album was certified9× platinum by the RIAA on April 27, 2004.[8]2002–03: NellyvilleIn 2002, Nelly's second album Nellyville was released, debuting at #1 on Billboard's Top 200 Music Albums;[9] its lead single "Hot in Herre" was a number-one hit. Other singles included "Dilemma" featuring Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child,"Work It" featuring Justin Timberlake, "Air Force Ones" featuring Murphy Lee andthe St. Lunatics, "Pimp Juice", and "#1".[7] This album was highly successful and was certified 6x multi-platinum on June 27, 2003.[10] "Hot in Herre" won theGrammy Award for Best Male Rap Solo Performance in 2003.[11] In 2003 Nelly released Da Derrty Versions: The Reinvention. It featured the hit single "Iz U" fromthe soundtrack to Walt Disney's The Haunted Mansion. The music video of a Tip Drill Remix became a source of controversy due to perceptions of misogynistic depictions of women. The controversy forced Nelly to cancel an appearance at a bonemarrow drive at Spelman College, an historically black college in Atlanta, Georgia.[12] Similar claims of misogyny also surrounded Nelly's single "Pimp Juice".[13] RIAA have certified the album Platinum. For the Bad Boys II soundtrack album, Nelly contributed the single "Shake Ya Tailfeather" featuring P. Diddy and Murphy Lee. Another number-one hit, "Shake Ya Tailfeather" won the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.[11]2004–05: Sweat and SuitOn September 14, 2004, Nelly released two albums, Sweat and Suit. Suit, an R&B-oriented album, debuted at number one on the Billboard albums chart, and Sweat, arap-oriented album, debuted at number two. From Suit, the slow ballad "Over andOver", an unlikely duet with country music star Tim McGraw, became a crossoverhit.[14] On the 2004 NBC television concert special Tim McGraw: Here and Now, McGraw and Nelly performed the song.[15] A feud with another St. Louis-based rapper, Chingy, came up near the end of the year.[16] Tsunami Aid: A Concert for Hope, a 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake benefit concert special produced by NBC, featured Nelly.[17] In the winter of 2005 came Sweatsuit, a compilation of tracks fromSweat and Suit with three new tracks. "Grillz", produced by Jermaine Dupri, wasa number-one hit. To date both albums have sold over 5 million units in the United States.2008: Brass KnucklesBrass Knuckles was released on September 16, 2008, after several delays,[18] Initial release dates for the album targeted October 16[19] and November 13.[20] Its original lead single was "Wadsyaname", a ballad-oriented track produced by Ron"NEFF-U" Feemstar and sampling the piano riff from "All My Life" by K-Ci & JoJo.[19][20] Nelly later confirmed that "Wadsyaname" was never going to be on 'Brass Knuckles'. Nelly recorded Party People",[19] featuring Fergie and produced by
 
Polow da Don, which turned out to be his first official single off the album."[18] Stepped On My J'z" was the next single, produced by Jermaine Dupri and featuring Dupri and Ciara; following that was "Body On Me", produced by Akon and featuring Akon and Ashanti. Nelly appeared on Rick Ross's third single "Here I Am" also featuring label mate Avery Storm.2009–present: 5.0In the summer of 2009, Nelly made a public announcement in Las Vegas about the yet-to-be-titled album.[21] In October 2009, Nelly did an interview with SOHH.comand said that the album was going to be released sometime in 2010.[21] In a interview with Semtex TV, Nelly told reporters that he planned to release the albumunder the name Nelly.[22] In April 2010, Nelly's cousin Michael Johnson was murdered in Missouri, Nelly said that he delayed releasing the album because of this.[23] Guests featured on the album were, T-Pain, Chris Brown, Akon, Plies, T.I., Kelly Rowland, Birdman, DJ Khaled, Avery Storm and Diddy-Dirty Money.[24] In May 2010, Nelly confirmed that the title of the album was 5.0.[25] The album is scheduled to be released on November 16, 2010.[26] The album's lead single "Justa Dream" was released on August 17, 2010, through iTunes[27] along with the promotional single "Tippin' In da Club".[28] The two songs were released to Mainstream and Rhythm/Crossover radio on August 10, 2010.[29] "Just a Dream" made its first chart appearance debuting on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number twelve and peaking at number 3 in its fourth week. The song also debuted at number 3 on theBillboard Digital Songs chart, selling 888,000 downloads in its first week.[30][31] "Just a Dream" is Nelly's highest-charting song since his 2005 single "Grillz" and debuted at number 7 on the Billboard Rap Songs. The song entered the Canadian Hot 100 in August 2010, at number thirty-two[32] It debuted in Australia (ARIA Charts) on the Singles Chart at number 3,[33] in New Zealand Singles Chartsat number twenty-nine, and in Switzerland (Media Control AG) at number fifty-two. The second single "Move That Body", which features T-Pain and Akon, was released on October 12, 2010.[34] The song made its first chart appearance debuting onthe US Billboard Hot 100 at number fifty-four and has reached a current peak atnumber twenty-nine in Australia.[35][36] Nelly is featured on the second singleby singer Mohombi titled "Miss Me", produced by RedOne. On November 13, 2010 Nelly appeared on the Pacquiao vs. Margarito pay-per-view, at the Cowboys Stadiumin Arlington, Texas.[37] "Gone" is the sequel to Nelly's 2002 worldwide number one single "Dilemma", also with Rowland, and serves as third single from Nelly'salbum. Now Nelly is working on a new album. He hopes to release the album in theend of the year.[38]ArtistryRapping techniqueNelly
’s rapping style has been described by Peter Shapiro as using "unforgettablehooks based on schoolyard songs, double-dutch chants, and nonsense rhymes"[3] and has a "Missouri twang".[39] Allmusic suggests Nelly
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s locale certainly informs his rapping style, which is as much country as urban, and his dialect as well, which is as much Southern drawl as Midwestern twang".[7] Nelly explains his method of writing in the book How to Rap, describing how he freestyles most of the lyrics before going backover them to "make it a little tighter",[40] he generally writes in the studiorather than at home,[41] he normally comes up with a chorus for a song before writing the verses,[42] and he likes to write to the music he will be rapping over.[43] Allmusic also notes his "tongue-twisting" hooks, which are also often sungrather than rapped.[44] Nelly began listening to artists like Rakim, LL Cool J,Run–D.M.C., Outkast, Goodie Mob and Jay-Z. He became convinced that his gift forrap could be parlayed into a career. He has his own style of rap which he likesto describe as a jazz form of hip hop.Other venturesNelly and Allen Iverson.

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