However you feel about Nelly at this point, his debut album Country Grammar will forever remain a historical contribution to the rap game, peaking at the top of the Billboard 200 in 2000 and selling more than 8 million copies worldwide. Since forming the St. Lunatics with Ali, Murphy Lee, Kyjuan and City Spud (his brother) in 1993, he’s gone on to become the fourth-best selling rapper in American history, with 21 million U.S. album sales to date, as per the RIAA. Throughout his career, the three-time GRAMMY award winner has worked with Kelly Rowland, T.I., Ashanti, Justin Timberlake, Fergie, Pharrell Williams, Jermaine Dupri, Nicki Minaj, Ciara, T-Pain, Whitney Houston, Missy Elliot, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Usher, Mariah Carey, Andre 3000, R. Kelly, Chris Brown, Three 6 Mafia, Talib Kweli and countless others. Most recently, he released a new album titled M.O., hosted Cleveland kidnapping victim Amanda Berry’s first public appearance and defended Drake’s singing ability. Stay tuned.
- Although a St. Louis, Missouri representative, Nelly was born in Austin, Texas.
- He founded and operates the 4Sho4Kids Foundation, a non-profit organization.
- Nelly is a former owner of the Charlotte Bobcats.
- He dabbles in acting, having appeared in The Longest Yard, CSI: NY and 90210.
- He participated in the 2007 World Series Of Poker, as well as the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and PokerStars European Poker Tour.
- Country Grammar2000
- Da Derrty Versions (The Reinvention)2003
- Hot In Herre2002
- Brass Knuckles2008
- Ride Wit Me2001
- (Hot S+++) Country Grammar2000