Nelly is an American pop-rap star who, though decidedly apolitical, can be credited for bringing national attention to the St. Louis, Missouri rap scene and opening doors for other non-coastal rappers. Often derided for his perceived lack of substance supposedly epitomizing all that is wrong with modern rap, he’s part of the music’s respected lineage of rappers like Kurtis Blow and LL Cool J, rappers more concerned with flashy clothes and swooning girls than beefing with other dudes.
Cornell Haynes, Jr. was born on November 2nd, 1974 in Austin, Texas. His father was in the Air Force and, for a time, the Haynes lived in Spain as well as St. Louis, Missouri. His parents split when Cornell was eight. He and his mother moved to University... Read More