Rapper/Actor/Entrepreneur Nelly (Cornell Haynes, Jr.) came out of nowhere in 2000 with Country Grammar, which reached the top of the Billboard albums chart, sold over 9 million copies in the U.S., and put St. Louis hip hop on the map. Nelly's sing-songy style of rap has dominated the early 21st century and inspired a new generation of artists. With hits such as "Hot In Herre" and "Dilemma" featuring Kelly Rowland, the Grammy-winning superstar—and his St. Lunatics crew—brought a unique sound to hip hop. Nelly went on to appear in the 2005 film The Longest Yard along with Chris Rock and Adam Sandler. The owner of the popular Apple Bottoms clothing line, Nelly also has a sneaker deal with Reebok and a nonprofit foundation, 4Sho4Kids.

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News: Nelly Urges Us to Change Our Strategy in Ferguson

Justice seems right around the corner. (8/22/2014)

News: Canfield Drive: Searching for Justice in Ferguson

A thorough look at the city where Michael Brown was killed. (8/21/2014)

Smokey Robinson: Nelly Is the Closest Thing to James Brown

The music legend on his new album and how the "Country Grammar" rapper reminds him of The Godfather of Soul.

Music Stars React to Michael Brown Shooting, Ferguson Crisis

Artists speaking out as tensions boil over in Missouri town.

Out and About: Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran Are Courtside in NYC

Plus, pics of Rihanna, Kim K., Chadwick Boseman and more.

Rise Up: Celebrity Protesters

From J. Cole to Keke Palmer, stars who take on issues.
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