Lien With It: Artists Who Got Caught Not Paying Their Taxes
For whatever reason, rappers fail to pay their taxes at a rate higher than almost any other profession. In many instances, the IRS issues a tax-dodging rapper a lien, which asserts the rights of the state to their property until they pay off their debt.
Nelly Compares Colin Kaepernick To Rosa Parks
Colin Kaepernick's decision to kneel for the national anthem has elicited strongly-worded praise and criticism.
Ty Dolla $ign Reportedly Hit With $180,000 Tax Lien
Ty Dolla $ign has been busy over the last few years, releasing a slew of projects and doing countless features. Somewhere within that prolific stretch, he began to run up a bill with the IRS, who TMZ reports are after him for 180,000 in back taxes. According to the report, Ty owes $16,617.05 for 2011, $54,626.91 for 2013 and $109,725.39 for 2014, his totals increasing as he gained success in the music business.
Nelly's "Hot In Herre" Sees Spike In Streams As Fans Attempt To Save Him From Tax Debt
Last week it was revealed that Nelly owes a whopping $2 million dollars in back taxes, a debt SPIN estimated would require 287,176,547 streams of "Hot In Herre" to pay off. Twitter took that stat and ran with it, declaring a #HotInHerreStreamingParty where fans did their best to play the song as many times as possible off of streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music.
Nelly Reportedly Owes Over $2 Million To The IRS
Celebrities often get hit with tax liens, but they don't generally come this large. TMZ is reporting that Nelly owes a whopping $2,412,283 in backtaxes to IRS -- enough to give them license to start confiscating his property if the debt is not payed.This is in addition to the reported $149,511 he owed in state taxes earlier this year. According to a source close to Nelly who spoke with TMZ, the rapper is in the process of settling the outstanding charges.
Post Malone Hits The Studio With Nelly
Post Malone is known to be adventurous when it comes to his collaborations, recently dropping a song with Icelandic singer Estra Istrefi, but there's no way his fans could've expected him to team up with this particular star of yesteryear.
Nelly's "Country Grammar" Certified Diamond
A big shoutout to Nelly, whose debut album Country Grammar was certified DIAMOND (10 million records sold) by the RIAA as of July 21, 2016. RIAA awarded Nelly his diamond plaque Monday night at a Musicians On Call event in Philadelphia. Released in 2000, Country Grammar becomes only the ninth album in hip hop history to be certified diamond. Here are the other eight:
FDT: 10 Rap References To Donald Trump
Donald Trump might be one of the most hated men in hip hop culture, but it wasn't always that way. Before he was touting a racist agenda, Trump was a symbol of success. With a crap ton of money and an entrepreneurial spirit, it's no wonder why Donald Trump was the subject of tracks by Gucci Mane, Mac Miller and Rae Sremmurd.
Allen Iverson Explains He'd "Been Drinking" When He Lost To Nelly In H.O.R.S.E.
Allen Iverson, or the Answer, was a scoring point guard unlike anything the league has seen before or after his time in the NBA. That’s why we’ve always been incredulous about Nelly’s claims that he beat AI in a game of H.O.R.S.E. back in the day. However, in a recent interview with Complex, Iverson copped to the claims and admitted it really happened:
10 Surprising Credits On Kanye West's "The Life Of Pablo"
Kanye West's The Life of Pablo has finally arrived, and it's about as good as anyone could've expected. Agitated fans are starting to forgive Kanye for his ridiculous antics throughout the convoluted and unpredictable album rollout. The anticipation really started to build three weeks ago, when Kanye shared the first copy of a handwritten tracklist for his upcoming album, then-titled SWISH. There were 10 tracks listed, and at the bottom of the page appeared the words "KYLIE WAS HERE."
Nelly Avoids Felony Drugs Charge
A felony drugs charge against Nelly has been dismissed.
A History Of Jewelry In Hip-Hop
The influence of jewelry on hip hop is as clear as an E-class diamond. But did you know the origins of extravagant jewelry predate hip-hop by several thousand years? African king Mansa Musa (the richest person in human history) was rather fond of gold. At the time of his death in 1337 he was worth a staggering $400 billion dollars. That’s six times the net worth of Warren Buffet. During his reign West Africa controlled over 50% of the world's gold so, as you can imagine, he wore his fair share of it.
Rap Industry Recap: April
Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings, to movie deals, to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place. Be on the look out for this monthly recap of news-worthy items you may have missed to stay afloat with the industry.
Nelly Is Putting Out A Country Project
From his very first single, Nelly established his "Country Grammar," but it wasn't until a few albums later that he really started to experiment with country music. "Over and Over" -- Nelly's collaboration with Tim McGraw -- may have been a divisive record, but it certainly didn't hurt its chart presence, making it what might've been the first country/rap crossover hit that wasn't recorded by Kid Rock.
10 Raunchiest Rap Music Videos Of All Time
In the world of rap, “raunchy music video” is almost always code for “ass-shaking fiesta.” Thus, when narrowing down this list from 30+ videos to 10, I was forced to take multiple criteria into consideration. Is the song any good? Was it popular?
10 Rapper-Hosted Reality Shows We'd Like To See
Over the 20 or so years they've coexisted, rappers and reality TV have had a pretty great relationship. "Flavor of Love" is still one of the most popular reality programs of all-time, more people know Xzibit for "Pimp My Ride" than his appearances on Dr. Dre's 2001 (and even less for his solo music), and even short-lived flops like Three 6 Mafia's "Adventures In Hollyhood" still attracted cult followings.
Nelly Apologizes For Felony Drug Arrest
Last week, Nelly's bus was pulled over near Chattanooga, TN for failing to display necessary stickers. The cops smelled weed, searched the bus, found the weed--as well as some more contraband--namely, several guns, and a plastic bag full of rocks that would test positive for meth. Nelly was taken to the county jail and released shortly thereafter, though the St. Louis rapper is now faced with a felony charge. Today, Nelly spoke on the charges for the first time, and issued an apology--well, sort of--he mostly eschews all blame entirely.
Nelly Arrested On Felony Drug Charges In Tennessee
Nelly was arrested Saturday morning on charges of felony possession of drugs, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Nelly Performs In Iraq To Raise Money For The War Against ISIS
While we haven't heard any new music from Nelly since 2013, the St. Louis rapper's latest live performance took him where no other rapper--or American artist--has gone before. Nelly recently traveled to northern Iraq to perform in Erbil, becoming the first American artist to ever perform in the city. The concert was part of an event put on to raise money for the "peshmerga," the Kurdish military force that's been fighting the terrorist group ISIS in northern Iraq. The event, which included motocross and soccer, reportedly drew 15,000 people.
Nelly To Star In Reality Show Called "Nelly Ville"
What's this, a reissue of Nellyville? Unfortunately no, there's no news of a reissue of or sequel to Nelly's 2002 album (the 14th best selling rap release of all time), but it is the name of an upcoming reality series that the St. Louis MC will be starring in.