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Birth Name :

Cornell Iral Haynes Jr.

Birth Date :

November 02, 1974

Birth Place :

Austin, Texas, USA

Claim to fame :

Album "Country Grammar" (2000)


Rapper Nelly was born Cornell Haynes, Jr. in Austin, Texas, on November 2, 1974, to Cornell Haynes, Sr. and Rhonda Mack. Shortly after he was born, he followed his parents moved to Spain until he was three, because his father was in the U.S. Air Force. He moved back to states and got his education in St. Louis, Missouri. There he found himself moving in with relative to relative since his parents split, which happened when he was 8 years old, because of financial problems. Grew up in a broken-home family, young Nelly admitted to get used into a lot of fights and troubles, because of which in 1993 he left his gritty St. Louis neighborhood and settled in the suburban area of University City. There, by the time he started high school, Nelly shifted his attention to playing baseball, storytelling, and writing rhymes that helped keep him out of trouble.

Up to that point, this would-be famous rapper showed great promise as a professional baseball player, but as a child he listened to artists such as Rahiem, LL Cool J, Run DMC, OutKast, and Goodie Mob and he too wished he could become a rap star. During his senior high he kept continuing to work on his baseball skills as he formed a group with 5 of his friends, Murphy Lee, Kyjuan, Ali, City Spud, and Slo'Down, called the St. Lunatics. Two years later Nelly and St. Lunatics released a 12-inch self-produced single called "Gimme What Ya Got," which sold almost 10,000 copies and scored a regional hit in 1996. Continued with the Lunatics while playing shortstop in the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Association, it looked as though Nelly would be a professional baseball player. After sometimes, the group managed to put out another song called "Who's The Boss," which became a local hit, helped their reputation locally, sadly didn't grab the interest of record companies.

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Missouri University Axes Nelly's Show Following His Drug Arrest

April 15, 2015 09:32:59 GMT

is no longer expected to play an upcoming concert at Missouri University. The school announced in a statement issued on Tuesday, April 14 that they'd decided to cancel the rapper's scheduled appearance.

Rapper Nelly Arrested on Several Drug Charges

April 13, 2015 05:07:29 GMT

was arrested in Putnam Country, Tennesse on multiple drug charges including possession of methamphetamines, misdemeanor marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested early Saturday, April 11 by Tennessee state troopers.

New Kids On The Block Announces Tour With TLC and Nelly

January 20, 2015 18:02:43 GMT

is back on the road. , Joey McIntyre, Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, and Danny Wood will travel North America with girl band and hip-hop star for a new roadshow that will kick off May 1 in Las Vegas.

Video: Nelly and Florida Georgia Line Perform 'Cruise' on 'Today' Show

September 03, 2013 02:58:45 GMT

Grammy Award-winning rapper and the popular country music duo of entertained the crowd that had gathered at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City on Labor Day for "" Show Concert Series. They performed their collaboration track "Cruise", a remix of a cut off FGL's debut studio album "" released back in December 2012.

Nelly Premieres 'Get Like Me' Video Ft. Nicki Minaj and Pharrell Williams

August 01, 2013 05:59:14 GMT

Grammy Award-winning rapper premieres the music video for his single "Get Like Me" off forthcoming album "". The black-and-white, Collin Tilley-directed clip brings together the St. Louis rap star with his featured guests, and . She once again shows off her twerking skills in her first collaboration with the "Ride Wit Me" singer just a week after displaying those moves in ' "#TwerkIt".

Video: Abductee Amanda Berry Makes First Public Appearance at Nelly's Concert

July 29, 2013 02:29:17 GMT

One day after captor Ariel Castro was sentenced to life in prison, kidnapping victim Amanda Berry made her first public appearance at RoverFest 2013 on Saturday, July 27. The 27-year-old woman and her family joined rapper onstage at the daylong festival at Cleveland's Voinovich Park.

Nelly Premieres New Music Video 'Hey Porsche'

March 02, 2013 03:33:46 GMT

St. Louis rap star finally debuts his new music video "Hey Porsche" almost two months after he first released the single. As in the song where he metaphorically talks about the object of his affection as if she is the much sought-after luxury vehicle, the almost four-minute Ethan Lader-directed clip stars Nelly with his lady and a black Porsche.

Nelly Shares Photos From the Set of 'Hey Porsche' Music Video

January 31, 2013 07:23:14 GMT

After releasing his new single "Hey Porsche" at the start of the year, is off to a desert outside of Los Angeles to shoot its much-anticipated music video. Photos from the January 29 shoot were shared by the St. Louis rap star via his Instagram page.

Nelly Releases New Track 'Hey Porsche'

January 07, 2013 03:33:22 GMT

Hip-hop artist is back with a new single "Hey Porsche" following his 2010 hit "Just a Dream". The new track, which sounds much like a radio-friendly tune, is Nelly's latest work after coming out with a couple of mixtapes, "" and "Scorpio Season", in the last two years, and after a successful coaching stint on ": Fame is at Your Doorstep" alongside , John Rich and .

Katie Holmes Not Buying Suri $24,000 Playhouse for Christmas

December 18, 2012 06:53:36 GMT

Rumors that has bought her daughter Suri a super-expensive mini-mansion playhouse are inaccurate. "We have not sold this playhouse to Katie Holmes," says Stacy Evrard, owner of Sweet Retreat Kids which sells the luxury gift, to Celebuzz.

'Gossip Girl' Series Finale Reveals Titular Blogger, Features Cameos and Familiar Faces

December 18, 2012 06:50:27 GMT

After going through the ups and downs, most "" characters had their happy endings in the series finale. As it had been revealed in several previews, Chuck proposed to Blair and [SPOILER ALERT!] they got married in the December 17 episode. This way, Blair didn't have to testify against Chuck regarding his father's death.

Michael Bay Denies Script for 'Transformers 4' Has Been Leaked

December 18, 2012 06:48:19 GMT

Earlier on Monday, December 17, there was an online frenzy after an alleged script for "Transformers 4" leaked onto the web. Being very responsive as usual, director Michael Bay quickly took to his personal blog to brush off the report and publicly deny that the "T4" screenplay had made it way out online.

Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake and Nelly Share Most No.1 Hits for Male Artists

December 18, 2012 06:07:25 GMT

Grammy-winning singer is celebrating another joyous feat this week. His single "Locked Out of Heaven" took the No.1 spot last week on the Billboard Hot 100, which gives him a triple tie with and for the most No.1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 by a male artist. The upbeat song is now Mars' fifth Pop song No.1.

Nelly Breaks Silence on Drug Bust on His Tour Bus

October 12, 2012 03:07:48 GMT

issues a statement after heroin, weed and gun were found by cops on his tour bus during a border patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca recently. The rapper claims innocence, insisting the drugs and weapon did not belong to him, but a member of his entourage.

Nelly's Tour Bus Busted for Heroin, Weed and Gun

October 11, 2012 19:43:11 GMT

's touring bus hid heroin, loaded gun and weed among others. The rapper's traveling vehicle was raided by Texas police officers on Wednesday, October 10 night at a border patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca.

Demi Moore and Bruce Willis' Daughter Arrested for Underage Drinking

June 05, 2012 18:23:47 GMT

and ' 20-year-old daughter was busted for underage drinking and fake ID. Scout Willis was charged with two misdemeanors after she was arrested in New York City on Monday, June 4 at 6:30 P.M.

Joe Jonas, Nelly, Gloria Estefan and John Rich to Judge New Competition

June 05, 2012 15:51:20 GMT

A new music competition series has selected the panel of judges that will find America a new artist to adore. The CW's "The Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep" has recruited , , and John Rich to go on a nationwide search for undiscovered artists.

Nelly Apologized for Not Showing Up for the Troops

December 10, 2011 19:11:08 GMT

came under fire when he canceled a meet and greet with the troops at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska on Saturday, December 10. The rapper had to back out of the event because he was too sick after his Friday show.

Video Premiere: Keri Hilson's 'Lose Control' Ft. Nelly

May 21, 2011 02:29:15 GMT

shakes her rump, winding and rolling in the desert in a music video for her upbeat track "Lose Control". The R&B singer continues to ooze her sex appeal as she hits the swamp with some scantily-clad ladies and then gets hot and heavy with her featured guest .

Video Premiere: Nelly's 'Gone' Ft. Kelly Rowland

March 09, 2011 06:35:49 GMT

and try to recreate their "Dilemma" magic and make a sweet reunion in a music video directed by Marc Klasfeld for their new duet track "Gone". They're frolicking on a floating bed in the swimming pool and shares intimate moment on the beach.

Rapper Nelly Confessed of Taking Daughter in Drug Transactions

March 09, 2011 06:26:55 GMT

Rapper has come clean about his past as a teenage drug dealer, confessing he would sometimes take his baby daughter with him to "make transactions". The "Hot In Herre" hitmaker has rarely spoken out about the years he spent on the tough streets of St. Louis, Missouri dealing everything from marijuana to cocaine as he tried to provide for his child and his then-girlfriend at the age of 19.

Oprah Winfrey Laughs Off Rumor She Splits From Stedman Graham

December 09, 2010 04:20:43 GMT

Media mogul has laughed off reports she's split from her longtime partner Stedman Graham, insisting he's still the love of her life. The TV queen began dating the businessman in 1986, but he has been notably absent from her side at public events in recent months, sparking rumors they are no longer together.

Ricky Martin and Nelly Among Adoption Supporters

December 09, 2010 03:43:08 GMT

, and are among the stars who have performed as part of a U.S. TV special to raise awareness of the importance of adoption. The artists taped their appearances on Tuesday, December 7 for the 12th annual "A Home for the Holidays" show, which features inspirational stories about how adoption and foster care have enhanced Americans' lives.

Nelly Slams Label for '5.0' Flop

November 30, 2010 03:45:16 GMT

Rapper has launched a scathing attack on his record label following disappointing sales of his new album - insisting poor marketing and distribution are to blame for the lowly chart position. The hip-hop star's latest offering, "5.0", entered America's Billboard 200 chart at number 10 following its release earlier this month, selling 63,000 copies.

Nelly Spends Thanksgiving by Having Family Football Game

November 26, 2010 03:25:09 GMT

will enjoy a competitive Thanksgiving celebration on Thursday, November 25 - the rapper and his family always mark the U.S. holiday with an "intense" game of football. The Hip-Hop star makes sure he's at home in St. Louis, Missouri every year to spend the day with his loved ones, who organize the annual sport showdown.

Nelly and Kelly Rowland's New Song 'Gone': Sequel to 'Dilemma'

November 09, 2010 04:44:38 GMT

Although and 's "Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down" failed and some people have doubts in and 's "Love the Way You Lie Part II", it seems that recording sequel song continues to become some kind of trend. The latest pair who has reunited to recreate their duet magic are and .

Nelly to Host International Radio Show

November 02, 2010 04:44:11 GMT

Rapper is set to launch his own international radio show in November. The Grammy winner hit radio airwaves in his native St. Louis, Missouri in August, when he filled in for Hot 104.1 host Staci Static, while she was on maternity leave, and his stint on the show proved so popular he has signed a deal with Global Radio's Choice in London to host a weekly Saturday afternoon show beginning November 6.

Ashanti Getting Cozy With Nelly in His Album Listening Party

October 30, 2010 03:01:29 GMT

Former couple and have fueled rumors of a reconciliation after they were spotted enjoying a night out in New York together this week. The pair split last year, but speculation about a reunion has been growing since they were seen together in August this year.

Nelly Wants People to Forget Chris Brown's Past

October 21, 2010 08:51:31 GMT

Rapper hopes fans can forgive and forget 's attack on ex-girlfriend , because he is adamant the singer has "learned his lesson". Brown saw his popularity plummet after he viciously beat the "Umbrella" beauty in 2009. He was later convicted of felony assault and sentenced to five years probation.

Nelly Opens Up About Deaths in His Family

September 28, 2010 09:08:10 GMT

Rapper has opened up about the cancer deaths of his sister and grandfather, revealing he felt powerless because he was unable to help them beat the disease. The hip-hop star was left devastated in 2005 when his sister Jackie Donohue lost her battle with leukaemia and his grandfather died six months later from cancer.

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