Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr. was born on November 2, 1974, better known by his stage name Nelly, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, CEO, and entrepreneur. He has performed w/ the rap group St. Lunatics since 1993 & contracted to Universal Records in 1999. Under Universal, Nelly made his solo debut in 2000 with Country Grammar, the title track of w/c was a top ten hit. Nelly was born Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr. on November 2, 1974, in Austin, Texas. Nelly moved w/ his mother from the inner city to suburban University City, Missouri as a teen. While set in high school, Nelly formed the St. Lunatics, who loved local popularity w/ their single “Gimme What Ya Got”. When a major record deal failed to appear, Nelly decided to go solo. His brother, the St. Lunatics’ member City Spud was later jailed and Nelly wears trademark band-aids on each cheek as a sign of solidarity. He was soon contracted to Universal Music Group, which released his major label debut Country Grammar in 2000. The success of its title track as a single, #7 on the Hot 100 & #1 Hot Rap Tracks, w/c led to the record album debuting at number three in the Billboard 200 in the U.S. Other singles from the record album included “E.I.”, “Ride Wit Me”, and “Batter Up”.
The album was certified 9× platinum by the RIAA on April 27, 2004. In the summer of 2009, Nelly made a public announcement in Las Vegas about the yet-to-be-titled album. In October 2009, Nelly did an interview with SOHH.com & stated that the album was going to be brought out sometime in 2010. In a interview with Semtex TV, Nelly told reporters that he planned to release the album under the name Nelly. In April 2010, Nelly’s cousin Michael Johnson was murdered in Missouri, Nelly said that he delayed releasing the record album because of this. Nelly said that guests that were going to be featured on the record album were, Sean Paul, T-Pain, Chris Brown, Diddy, Akon, St. Lunatics, T.I., Usher and many more. In May 2010, Nelly confirmed that the title of the record album was 5.0. The record album is scheduled to be released on November 16, 2010. Nelly is featured on the 2nd single by upcoming artist Mohombi titled ‘Miss Me’ produced by RedOne.
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