Cornell Haynes, Jr. (born November 2, 1974), and starred in the 2005 remake film The Longest Yard The Longest Yard (2005 film) with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock. He has two clothing lines, Vokal and Apple Bottoms. He has been referred to by Peter Shapiro Peter Shapiro (journalist) as "one of the biggest stars of the new millennium", and he has sold over 20 million records. On December 11th, 2009 Nelly was ranked as the 3rd Top Overall Artist of the 2000-2009 decade by Billboard Magazine./charts-decade-end/artists-of-the-decade?year=2009
Nelly was born in Austin, Texas and moved with his mother to suburban University City, Missouri as a teenager. He joined rappers Big Lee, Kyjuan, Murphy Lee, and City Spud to form the group St. Lunatics; the group became po***r with its single "Gimme What You Got".
Free City, recorded with the St. Lunatics, followed in 2001 with the single "Midwest Swing". Nelly recorded "#1" for the soundtrack to the film Training Day that year. Nelly appeared on the songs "Where the Party At" by Jagged Edge Jagged Edge (band) and "Girlfriend Girlfriend ('N Sync song) " by 'N Sync. Free City has sold more than a million units in the United States.
He was soon signed to Universal Music Group, which released his major label debut Country Grammar in 2000. The success of its title track Country Grammar (Hot Shit) 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. E.I. (song) ", "Ride Wit Me", and "Batter Up". Similar claims of misogyny also surrounded Nelly's single "Pimp Juice".RIAA have certified the album Platinum.
On September 14, 2004, Nelly released two albums, Sweat Sweat (Nelly album) and Suit Suit (album) . Suit, an R&B-oriented album, debuted at number one on the Billboard albums chart, and Sweat, a rap-oriented album, debuted at number two. From Suit, the slow ballad "Over and Over Over and Over (Nelly song) ", an unlikely duet duet (music) with country music star Tim McGraw, became a crossover crossover music hit. On the 2004 NBC television concert special Tim McGraw: Here and Now, McGraw and Nelly performed the song. A feud with another St. Louis-based rapper, Chingy, came up near the end of the year. Tsunami Aid: A Concert for Hope, a 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake benefit concert special produced by NBC, featured Nelly. In the winter of 2005 came Sweatsuit Sweatsuit (album) , a compilation of tracks from Sweat and Suit with three new tracks. "Grillz", produced by Jermaine Dupri, was a number-one hit Hot 100 number-one hits of 2006 (USA) . To date both albums have sold over 5 million units in the United States.
Brass Knuckles Brass Knuckles (album) was released on September 16, 2008, after several delays, Initial release dates for the album targeted October 16 and November 13. 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 All My Life (K-Ci and JoJo song) " by K-Ci & JoJo. Nelly later confirmed that "Wadsyaname" was never going to be on 'Brass Knuckles'. Nelly recorded Party People Party People (Nelly song) ", featuring Fergie Fergie (singer) and produced by Polow da Don, which turned out to be his first official single off the album." 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 Ashanti (singer) . Nelly appeared on Rick Ross Rick Ross (rapper) 's third single "Here I Am Here I Am (Rick Ross song) " also featuring label mate Avery Storm.Nelly’s rapping style has been described by Peter Shapiro Peter Shapiro (journalist) as using "unforgettable hooks based on schoolyard songs, double-dutch chants, and nonsense rhymes" and has a "Missouri twang". Allmusic suggests Nelly's style is based largely on where he comes from - "Nelly'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", he generally writes in the studio rather than at home, he normally comes up with a chorus for a song before writing the verses, and he likes to write to the music he will be rapping over. Allmusic also notes his "tongue-twisting" hooks, which are also often sung rather than rapped.Nike Nike, Inc. and Nelly agreed on a one-year deal in 2003 to release a limited-edition sneaker called the "Air Derrty" which was a retro remake of Charles Barkley's signature sneaker.
Nelly has done ads for Got Milk and the Ford Motor Company. His energy drink Pimp Juice Pimp Juice (drink) sold one million cans during the first two months after its introduction in August 2003, and was criticized for its name by black consumer activists.
He is the founder and CEO of record label Derrty Entertainment.
Nelly played in the Main Event at the 2007 World Series of Poker.Nelly runs the non-profit organization "4Sho4Kids Foundation." The "Jes Us 4 Jackie" campaign began in March 2003 by Nelly and his sister Jackie Donahue after Donahue was diagnosed with leukemia. The campaign attempts to educate African-Americans and other minorities about the need for bone marrow transplants, and to register more donors. Donahue lost her battle with leukemia on March 24, 2005, almost two years after the campaign began.Nelly starred in Snipes (2001), In 2008 and 2009, Nelly appeared in episodes of the CBS crime drama CSI: NY.
* Country Grammar (2000)
* Nellyville (2002)
* Suit Suit (album) (2004)
* Sweat Sweat (Nelly album) (2004)
* Brass Knuckles Brass Knuckles (album) (2008)
* Nelly's sixth studio album (2010)
Compilations, Mixtapes & EPs albums
* Da Derrty Versions: The Reinvention (2003)
* Sweat / Suit (2005)
* Sweatsuit Sweatsuit (album) (2005)
* Best Of Nelly Mixtape (2008)
* 6 Derrty Hits (2008)
* The Best of Nelly (2009)
* Free City Free City (album) (with St. Lunatics)> (2001)
* Who's the Boss Who's the Boss (album) (with St. Lunatics)> (2006)
* 3000 & 9 Shit (with Ocean's 7)> (2009)
* City Free (with St. Lunatics)> (2010)
* Super Group (with Pharrell Williams, Akon, and T-Pain)> (TBD)
* Untitled (with T.I.)>
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