Nelly is one of the biggest American rappers whose music has been popular throughout the entire world.
He’s also got a lot in his belt for being an actor, investor, and entrepreneur which managed to accumulate him a large sum of wealth and celebrity status.
The artist was able to sell more than 21 million albums Globally and managed to become the top artist of the decade.
He was able to have an early start with his career as he managed to create called a band “St. Lunatics” during his time in school. He further pursued his career in music as he went solo to make his first album “Country Grammar”.
This eventually became his best selling album to date. If you want to know more about the artist then read on as we’ll talk about everything about him like his personal life, career, and net worth.
Nelly, also known as Corell Iral Haynes Jr. was born on November 2, 1974, at Austin, Texas. His father used to serve in the armed forces when he was still young as a colonel.
When Nelly turned seven, his parents filed for divorce so he and his sibling then lived with his mother at St Louis Missouri. He then attended University City High School where he managed to learn his true passion which was music.
During his teenage years, he and his step-brother formed a rap band a rap band named “St. Lunatics”. They were quite popular in their local area during the ‘90s as they were able to get hit singles like “Gimme What You Got”
As the rap group was having a hard time achieving any kind of success outside of St Louis. They then talked about letting Nelly get a solo career which proved to be a game-changer for the artist when he was able to get a record deal in 1999.
Career as a Musician
When Nelly was able to get a record deal in 1999 with Universal Studios, he was then able to create his debut album “Country Grammar” the following year.
It became 7th in the Billboard Hot 100 and was no.1 at the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks. The album featured notable hit songs like “Ride With Me” and “E.I”.
By 2002, his next album “Nellyville” was released which was hi most successful and critically acclaimed albums in his career. It managed to sell 7.3 million copies globally and became a double-platinum album the following year.
His album was on a hot streak as it was followed with his 2004 album “Sweat” which also managed to get positive reviews and peaked the music charts during that year.
Nelly then kept releasing albums and hot singles every few years which also became popular hits. This managed to put his career into celebrity status as the whole world knew who he was by that time.
He was also able to collaborate with different artists including P.Diddy and Murphy Lee where they made the Bad Boyz 2 Soundtrack “Shake ya Tailfeather” which was able to get the number one spot in America.
Nelly’s Career on Acting
Kelly also had a good acting career which started right after his rise to stardom as a rapper. He was in an indie film where he played as a rapper named “Snipes” back in 2001.
This was then followed in 2005 as he also starred in the remake of the comedy sports movie “The Longest Yard” as ‘Earl Megget’ with had famous actors like Adam Sandler and Chris Rock.
The artist was also featured in a few television shows like in “CSI: NY”, “Nellyville”, and “The Platinum Life”.
Becoming an Entrepreneur
As Nelly was able to make a success with his first debut album, he then began his business ventures as he began to sign deals with multiple brands to be able to get more income and popularity.
He created his own sneaker line “Air Derrty” which was a limited edition remake of Charles Barkley’s shoes.
Nelly also had his own clothing line called “Vokal” for men and “Apple Bottoms” which were also for women.
This was then followed by his purchase of the Charlotte Bobcats basketball team in partnership with Michael Jordan and Robert Johnson. He was also playing in the world series poker back in 2007.
Aside from all the success that Nelly has managed to build up throughout his career, he has also done some philanthropic work in order to help other people.
He has a non-profit organization name 4Sho4kids and also raised scholarships at St. Louis by hosting a “White and Black Ball” every year.
Awards and Achievements
With all the albums and hit songs that Nelly has made throughout his career, he was also able to get a lot of awards and achievements from all of them.
He’s managed to get 2 grammy awards for categories like Best Male Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Performance. Nelly also won other awards from the American Music Awards, BET Awards, and Billboard Music Awards.
The artist has also managed to get into multiple nominations in different awards al throughout his career which points out how good he is as a rapper.
Nelly’s Net Worth and Salary
Nelly’s Net worth is currently at $60 million which includes his album sales, record deals, and other business ventures that he currently has. His net profit will likely increase with all of the new work the Nelly is currently doing.
Personal Life and Relationships
Nelly’s first known relationship was back in 2002 when he was going out with Kelly Rowland. Their relationship then ended after a few years and Nelly has been having affairs with multiple women throughout the years.
His well-known relationships were with Nicole Narain back in 2004 and Shantel Jackson during 2014.
All of them sadly didn’t work out as Nelly has been dating multiple girls ever since. He currently has two children named Chanel Haynes and Cornell Haynes III.