Nelly (rapper)

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Nelly (2010)

Nelly (born November 2, 1974 in Austin , Texas ; real name Cornell Iral Haynes Jr. ) is an American rapper , singer , actor and entrepreneur . He has been a member of the rap group St. Lunatics since 1993 and signed a recording deal with Universal Records in 1999 . With the albums Country Grammar , Nellyville , Sweat and Suit , Nelly became one of the most commercially successful rappers, receiving two Grammys , among other things .


Cornell Haynes Junior was born to a US Air Force soldier . Shortly afterwards, the family had to move to Spain because his father was stationed there at a US air force base. After Haynes' third birthday, the family moved back to University City near St. Louis , Missouri , USA .

Haynes went through a difficult youth. He lived with different family members and had to change schools several times. At the time, Haynes said he was involved in numerous quarrels among teenagers on the streets of St. Louis. His mother (Rhonda Mack) moved to the suburbs of St. Louis with her son. It was there that his talent for baseball was discovered. However, he turned down offers to work as a professional baseball player and founded the rap group St. Lunatics with five friends .

Music career

Beginnings and first solo album

In 1996, the group recorded their first single, Gimme What Ya Got , which became very popular in the St. Louis area. Despite this success, the St. Lunatics did not get a contract with a record label. Haynes decided to continue working as a solo artist and was soon signed to Universal Records . In 2000, Haynes' debut album Country Grammar was released , which he published under the pseudonym Nelly. His debut single Country Grammar (Hot Shit) reached number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became Nelly's first top ten hit in the US. Due to the success of the single, the album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Furthermore, EI , Ride wit Me and Batter Up were released as single. On April 27, 2004, the album was awarded platinum 9 times by the RIAA . Nelly sold over 10 million copies of the country grammar album, which meant his breakthrough as a rapper.

2001 Nelly took with the St. Lunatics on the album Free City , which contains the single Midwest Swing , this later appeared on the soundtrack album for the film Training Day . Nelly also rapped to the songs Where the Party At by Jagged Edge and Girlfriend by * NSYNC . Free City has sold more than a million units in the US.


Nelly released his follow-up album Nellyville in 2002 , which debuted at number 1 on the album charts. The first single, Hot in Herre , was Nelly's first number one hit in the USA and was number one for seven consecutive weeks. The world hit Dilemma , a duet with Kelly Rowland from the girl group Destiny’s Child , was released as the second single and replaced Hot in Herre from the top and was even more successful than the first single and was at number 1 for a total of 10 weeks, making the song Nelly's second number one hit and also his final breakthrough internationally. Other singles are Work It feat. Justin Timberlake , Air Force Ones feat. Murphy Lee and St. Lunatics, Pimp Juice and # 1 . The album was multi-platinum rated 6 times on June 27, 2003.

In 2003 Nelly released his next album Da Derrty Versions: The Reinvention . It contains the hit single Iz U from the soundtrack to the Walt Disney film The Haunted Villa . The music video for Tip Drill was weeks in the media discussed because the video misogyny is supposed to represent, by even some live performances move had to Nelly. Nelly's single Pimp Juice is also about misogyny. The RIAA awarded the album platinum.

"Sweat" and "Suit"

On September 14, 2004, Nelly released the albums Sweat and Suit . Suit , an R&B album, debuted at number 1 in the US album charts and Sweat , a rap album, at number 2. Suit became the first single to become the slow ballad Over and Over , an unusual duet with country star Tim McGraw , released and became a hit. At the special NBC concert Tim McGraw: Here and Now McGraw sang the song with Nelly. Another duet was released with St. Louis rapper Chingy . In the winter of 2005, Nelly released the double album Sweatsuit , consisting of songs from the albums Sweat and Suit with three new songs. Grillz , produced by Jermaine Dupri , was released as the first single and became Nelly's fourth number one hit in the US. To date, the two individual albums and the double album have sold over 15 million units together.

Nelly in 2007

Brass knuckles

After Wadsyaname should be the first single of the new album Brass Knuckles and this should appear in 2007, several release dates were mentioned. It was released on August 19, 2008 in the USA. Features include Fergie , TI , Ashanti , LL Cool J , Pharrell Williams , Lil Wayne , Akon , Snoop Dogg , Pimp C , Chuck D (head of Public Enemy ), Sean P from YoungBloodZ and Babyface . Furthermore, Nelly wants to bring Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey together with herself on a song. Jermaine Dupri , Pharrell Williams and Bryan Michael Cox have been named as producers . The first single should be Wadsyaname , a ballad produced by Ron "NEFF-U" Feemstar, it contains the piano riff from All My Life by K-Ci & JoJo. Nelly stated that Wadsyaname should never appear on the album. But there was a dispute over the cover of All My Life and instead of Wadsyaname , Party People , a duet with Fergie, was released as the first single and reached number 40 in the US, number 14 in the UK and number 23 in the singles charts. Stepped On My J'z was released as the next single, produced by Jermaine Dupri. The song is a feat. with Dupri and Ciara . After that, Body on Me was released together with Akon and Ashanti and reached number 40 in the USA. Nelly also rapped on Rick Ross ' single Here I Am , with Avery Storm .

Nelly 5.0

In the summer of 2009 Nelly announced in Las Vegas that he wanted to release a new album, in October he named the summer 2010 as the release date. In April 2010, Nelly's cousin Michael Johnson was murdered in Missouri and Nelly postponed the publication. In May 2010, Nelly announced the title of the album, Nelly 5.0 . It includes works with Janet Jackson , Diddy , Akon , St. Lunatics and Usher . With placements in the lower area of ​​the charts, the album remained well below the successes of its predecessors. Only in the USA did it achieve a top 10 placement. Just a Dream was the only hit single to make it into the charts worldwide.


In September 2013 the album MO was released. The preliminary single Hey Porsche was released in February 2013.

Acting career

Nelly made his film debut in 2001 in Snipes , in which Nelly played the lead role. In 2005 Nelly had his second lead role in the movie Game Without Rules , alongside Adam Sandler and Chris Rock . The soundtrack for the film includes Nelly's song Fly Away . In June 2008, Nelly stated that he was more focused on his acting career than his music career. In 2008 and 2009, Nelly made a few appearances on the CSI: NY series .

In early 2011, he made a guest appearance on the television series 90210 and played himself.


In 2003 Nelly signed a one-year deal with the sporting goods company Nike . Nelly designed a shoe called Air Derrty , which is a tribute to Charles Barkley's shoes. Nelly later signed a deal with Reebok .

Nelly also works for the Got Milk campaign and Ford Motor Company . His energy drink, Pimp Juice, sold over a million times in the US in the first two months of the summer of 2003. Nelly founded several companies including Vokal (clothing for women and men) and Derrty Entertainment . Nelly is one of the owners of the Charlotte Hornets , along with Robert L. Johnson and Michael Jordan .

Nelly is the founder and CEO of Derrty Entertainment record label .

Nelly played in 2007 at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas with.

social commitment

Nelly founded her own charity with the 4Sho4Kids Foundation . The Jes Us 4 Jackie organization started in March 2003 when Nelly's sister Jackie Donahue developed leukemia . This organization is to African-Americans and immigrants help you from serious diseases to vaccinate . Nelly's sister lost the battle with leukemia and died.


His most successful singles include songs like Dilemma (with Kelly Rowland from Destiny's Child ) and especially Country Grammar . Dilemma was Haynes' most successful song to date, with Country Grammar selling 15 million copies.

The journalist Peter Shapiro described Nelly as "one of the greatest stars of the new millennium". Nelly has sold over 20 million albums to date. On December 11, 2009, Nelly was ranked 3rd among the most successful artists of the decade.


Nelly is often seen with a plaster on his face. The reason is not an injury, but a sign to his brother City Spud to show that he is thinking of him. His brother is in jail for armed robbery, Nelly said. He himself left his criminal past as a drug dealer behind, as many of his friends at the time were in jail or died young.



Studio albums

year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placements
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
2000 Country Grammar DE45 (43 weeks)
- CH90 (3 weeks)

(38 weeks)UK

(104 weeks)US
First published: June 27, 2000
Sales: +10,715,000
2002 Nellyville DE2

(33 weeks)DE

(30 weeks)AT

(33 weeks)CH
Double platinum
× 2
Double platinum

(38 weeks)UK
Six-fold platinum
× 6
Six-fold platinum

(72 weeks)US
First published: June 24, 2002
Sales: + 7,890,000
2004 Sweat DE17 (5 weeks)
AT35 (3 weeks)
CH16 (6 weeks)

(12 weeks)UK

(26 weeks)US
First published: September 12, 2004
Sales: + 1,242,500
Suit DE8 (9 weeks)
AT29 (7 weeks)
CH11 (8 weeks)

(26 weeks)UK
Triple platinum
× 3
Triple platinum

(37 weeks)US
First published: September 13, 2004
Sales: + 3,342,500
2008 Brass knuckles - - CH55 (2 weeks)
UK20 (3 weeks)

(10 weeks)US
Initial release: September 12, 2008
US sales: + 500,000
2010 Nelly 5.0 DE63 (1 week)
- CH52 (2 weeks)
UK59 (2 weeks)
US10 (20 weeks)
First published
: Nov 12, 2010 US sales: 314,000
2013 MO - - - UK89 (1 week)
US14 (3 weeks)
Initial Release: September 30, 2013
US Sales: 23,000

Web links

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