Nelly (Rapper)

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    October 21, 2014

    Sleepy Nelly Wakes Up at 10 A.M., Gets Out of Bed, Adjusts Shorts a Little: Video

    This past week, St. Louis rapper/shoe salesman Nelly has teamed up with cable network/unwatchable blight on humanity BET to release a sixteen-second video in which he awakens at the crack of 10 a.m., slowly rises from his bed, and then adjusts his shorts a little bit. The short film was published on ... More >>

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    August 21, 2014

    Nelly Speaks at Site of Ferguson Unrest, Some in Crowd Unimpressed

    St. Louis rapper Nelly made his way to Ferguson this week, arriving on Monday evening to address the crowds gathered there in protest of the August 9 shooting of Mike Brown. As he spoke, some members of the throng expressed outrage that he had not arrived on the scene sooner. When Nelly spoke of the ... More >>

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    July 18, 2014

    Nelly, Tef Poe, Nick Menn and JGE Retro Featured in Budweiser "Made in America" Video

    Budweiser and Vice Noisey have teamed up to create the "Made in America" series, a project that sees Budweiser/Vice travelling all across the country and showcasing homegrown talents in the cities throughout. The entire affair is a run-up to Jay-Z's big "Made in America" festival, slated for August ... More >>

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    May 12, 2014

    Quiz: Can You Match the St. Louis Cardinals Player to His Walk-Up Song?

    Quiz time! Are you the best of the best fans in baseball? See if you can match the St. Louis Cardinals players with the songs they choose to rock the stadium while they prepare to bat. Here's how the game works:

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    March 14, 2014

    One Label Controls Almost All of Hip-Hop, and That's a Problem

    It's common knowledge that the popular music industry is dominated by a few huge companies, sometimes referred to as the Big Three: Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group. It used to be the Big Four, until EMI was subsumed into the other three. Before that, it was the ... More >>

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    December 5, 2013

    Once Again, Nelly Says What We're All Thinking, Represents Missouri, Shows ESPN What's Up

    Auburn, Auburn, Auburn -- it's all ESPN wants to talk about. Auburn University's miraculous, tie-breaking 100-yard touchdown last weekend obliterated ESPN commentators' predictions for the college football postseason, and talk on TV and online is all about whether the one-loss team deserves a spot ... More >>

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    November 25, 2013

    Nelly Wins Award at AMAs, Performs "Ride Wit Me" with Florida Georgia Line, Reps St. Louis

    On last night's American Music Awards, hometown boy Nelly made an appearance alongside country music duo Florida Georgia Line, performing his 2001 single "Ride Wit Me" off of Country Grammar, following a performance of FGL's "Cruise," for which the band and Nelly won the "Single of the Year" award.

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    October 21, 2013

    Nelly Wins Baseball Bet With Arsenio Hall; Hall Must Perform "Country Grammar" in Cardinals Jersey

    Cards fans, Nelly fans, fans of Arsenio Hall: This is delicious. On Tuesday of last week, Nelly made an appearance on the Arsenio Hall Show to promote his latest album, M.O., right in the midst of the Cardinals-Dodgers series for the pennant.

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    September 26, 2013

    Nelly to Sit In on NFL Network's Broadcast of Tonight's Rams vs. 49ers

    According to a post on Nelly's Facebook page today, the St. Louis rapper will be calling tonight's Rams/49ers game on the NFL Network. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//connect.facebo ... More >>

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    September 5, 2013

    5 Rap/Cereal Collaborations We'd Like to See Next

    Everyone has been all abuzz the past few weeks about Nelly's partnership with Honey Nut Cheerios. (Eh, not really, we just wanted to use that super cool pun.) So we got to thinking -- what other rappers should land cereal deals? See also: Nelly Explains His New Honey Nut Cheerios Commercial

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    September 4, 2013

    Nelly Explains His New Honey Nut Cheerios Commercial

    The end of the summer has brought us one of the more surprising collaborations of the year: Nelly and the Honey Nut Cheerios bee (his name is Buzz). Wait, what? You may have seen the TV spots, complete with a new version of "Ride Wit Me" -- this time, Nelly sings "must be the honey." So, naturally, ... More >>

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    August 15, 2013

    Twitter Litter: Nelly Eats Cheerios, Rhett Miller Visits Ohio, Miley Kisses a Dog

    Getting your celebrity gossip from "TMZ" is soooooo 2009, dude. Each Thursday in "Twitter Litter," RFT Music rounds up the week's best meltdowns, ego battles and WTFness from rockers, rappers and DJs who aren't afraid of a little hashtag action. It's time to take out the trash. YOU GUYS! We're goin ... More >>

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    August 2, 2013

    The Ten Best Shows in St. Louis This Weekend: August 2 to 4

    Nelly and Backstreet Boys in the same weekend - heck, the same day? Whoa, guys. That's a bit much, don't you think? If neither of those big-time acts appeal to your tastes, plenty of other great options ranging from ground-level artists to mid-level touring musicians perform this weekend at a venue ... More >>

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    August 1, 2013

    The Five Greatest Clean Versions of Your Favorite Hip-Hop Songs

    July's almost over, and as we enter the dog days of summer, it's time to pack up the kids and head on that great family road trip. As wonderful as it is to bond with one another over hours spent in the car, it's should be noted how more and more adults have been diagnosed as being Kidz Bop-intoleran ... More >>

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    July 29, 2013

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows in St. Louis from July 29 to August 4

    What month is it again? We hate to reduce our small talk to conversations about the weather, but it's still oh-so-glorious outside, and we hope you had the chance to to get naked over the weekend. Continue to take full advantage of springtime in July by catching some shows this week. Read about reco ... More >>

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    May 31, 2013

    Hip Hop (Solo): Meet the 2013 RFT Music Award Nominees

    The 2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is tomorrow! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday, and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music have been working hard to make our cases for all 130 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year in 26 categories ... More >>

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    February 25, 2013

    Nelly to Work With a Bee On Upcoming Project

    On Friday our sister paper in Minneapolis, the City Pages published this story chronicling the Minneapolis sightings and Twitter-ings of St. Louis' most famous St. Lunatic, Nelly. According to reports, Nelly is in the midst of finalizing a deal with Minneapolis-based General Mills cereal (the hashta ... More >>

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    January 22, 2013

    Quick Questions: Tef Poe Talks to the Creative Minds Behind Hitmakers Basement Beats

    Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis City. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012
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    December 18, 2012

    Nelly's 7th Annual Black & White Ball: A Diary of Our Crash Course in County Grammar

    Nelly's 7th Annual Black & White ball was this weekend at the St. Louis Science Center. The charity event brought out some of the city's best and brightest, all dressed in finery for an evening of music, food, drinks and hobnobbery. Also in attendance were a couple Stag-swilling chumps with absolute ... More >>

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    December 11, 2012

    Adam Murphy of Midwest Mixtapes: There are More People on the Streets than on the Internet

    Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis City. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. ... More >>

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    October 12, 2012

    Nelly and Crew Busted in Texas with 36 Bags of Heroin, 10 Pounds of Weed and a Loaded Gun [Many Updates]

    Update, 9:00 a.m.: We spoke with Jay E, producer of almost every song on Country Grammar and frequent Nelly collaborator. While he certainly isn't about to condone anyone's actions here, he is urging restraint. After all, none of us were there. He posted the following on his personal Facebook page y ... More >>

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    October 12, 2012

    Nelly: No Idea Tour Bus Was Full of Drugs and "Mad As Hell" [UPDATE]

    Update: Some measured words from Jay E, the producer of Country Grammar and frequent Nelly collaborator. Yesterday, news broke that Nelly's tour bus was stopped at a Texas border patrol checkpoint and cops found an obscene amount of drugs onboard. One person -- Brian Keith Jones -- took the fall, ... More >>

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    October 12, 2012

    The Ten Best Shows In St. Louis This Weekend: October 12 to 14

    Nelly's recent run-in with the law is the talk of the town / office / internet today -- if you've been under a rock, check out what I'm referring to here. Anyway, my question is simple: When the hell are touring musicians going to stop trying to drive through Sierra Blanca? They nabbed Nelly, Fiona, ... More >>

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    October 12, 2012

    Nelly's Tour Bus Bust: Brian Keith Jones's Mugshot

    Well, there you have it folks, Brian Keith Jones, the man who Texas cops arrested for allegedly packing Nelly's tour bus to the gills with heroin and weed. See also: -The Mug Shots of Hudspeth County: Nelly's Bodyguard, Fiona Apple, Willie Nelson -Nelly's Tour Bus Busted with Heroin, Weed, Loaded G ... More >>

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    October 12, 2012

    The Mug Shots of Hudspeth County: Nelly's Bodyguard, Fiona Apple, Willie Nelson

    Nelly's tour bus was stopped this week in Sierra Blanca, Texas, where authorities found 36 bags of heroin, ten pounds of weed and a loaded handgun. Much, much more information here. His bodyguard, Brian Keith Jones, claimed ownership of everything, and he is currently awaiting arraignment in Texas. ... More >>

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    September 25, 2012

    Five Years of the Best St. Louis Song: Listen Here

    Our yearly giant love letter to St. Louis -- the Best Of issue -- comes out tomorrow. We've encountered some confusion out there, so this seems like as good an opportunity as any to explain that this is different from our RFT Music Awards, which are ultimately determined by a public vote. With the B ... More >>

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    September 10, 2012

    The Ten Black Pop Stars Who Should Go Country

    [Editor's note: Country Time is a new biweekly column for our sister music blog in Seattle, celebrating that city's favorite musical genre: mainstream country.] By Mike Seely With the nation's major-party political conventions drawing to a close recently with a rousing reelection appeal from the n ... More >>

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    July 27, 2012

    Lessons I Learned From Nelly

    Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis City. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. ... More >>

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    July 25, 2012

    Here is Nelly Performing "Hot in Herre" with the Roots (Video)

    Well this is awesome. Nelly, fresh off his blowout headlining gig downtown last weekend, landed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night. Which means that, like all Fallon's musical guests, he got to play with the Roots as his backing band. And, perhaps because he's re-evaluating his musical legac ... More >>

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    July 19, 2012

    Guerrilla Vegans Misrepresent Rapper Nelly in Wee-Hours Banner Drop

    Disclaimer: While Gut Check's modus vivendi might be summed up succinctly as "live and let live (or die)," some of our best friends are vegans. Oh, and no animals were harmed in the writing of this blog post. As morning commuters might have noticed, early yesterday vegan activists staged a "banner ... More >>

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    July 16, 2012

    Out Every Night: The Best Shows From July 16 to 22

    My word of the day calendar says that today's word is "skirl", which conveniently is defined as a musical term. Unfortunately, it is one that typically involves the act of bagpipin', and none of the bands listed this week feature that particular instrument. MISSED OPPORTUNITIES. Alberta Cross plays ... More >>

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    June 6, 2012

    50-Plus St. Louis Hip-Hop Artists You Should Know

    Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis City. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. ... More >>

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    May 16, 2012

    Remembering Tega, A St. Louis Rapper Who Couldn't Shake Criminal Past

    There are plenty of musicians who died before getting definitive time in the musical spotlight. Tega -- a rapper who was affiliated with Nelly's St. Lunatics -- is sadly in that category, as he passed on while he was in the midst of climbing the musical ladder. Tega -- whose real name was Oretga De ... More >>

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    April 16, 2012

    "Hot in Herre" Turns Ten

    Most of Nelly's monster hits have neat-and-tidy legacies. "Country Grammar," for instance, introduced the world to Nelly's distinctive style and persona. "Dilemma" showed that Nelly could put forth a commercially-successful slow jam. And "Air Force Ones" proved to be the landmark rap song about shoe ... More >>

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    February 29, 2012

    Nelly Taught America "Country Grammar" on This Day in 2000

    Mainstream superstardom often begins with a spark, rather than an explosion. It's hard to say whether Lady Gaga would have been more than a behind-the-scenes cog in Akon's machine without "Just Dance." And if 50 Cent had not delivered "In Da Club," it's possible that the world may never have tasted ... More >>

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    February 6, 2012

    The Best Super Bowl Commercials by the Music

    The Darkness saved Samsung's ad from spiraling down into forgettable territory. ​Let's be blunt. This year's Super Bowl was dismal for Midwesterners. Sure, there were exceptions. Transplants from Boston, New York City or New Jersey may have enjoyed the game. Some may have had a rooting intere ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    Nelly's Ex'treme Institute: Photos from Last Night's Webcast Party

    Contrary to what you might think, local legend Nelly's latest collaboration isn't with some up-and-coming rapper or hot-shot producer; it's with St. Louis-based Vatterott College. Located on Laclede's Landing, Ex'treme Institute (800 North Third Street, 888-669-0633) by Nelly opened its doors last ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011

    B.o.B. Prefers Spaceships to Blunts and Talks Tyler, the Creator. But...

    Diana BenantiB.o.B. on the dais with Hot 104.1's Staci Static.​As promised: We waited around the Loft last night for Bobby Ray, better known to the Top 40 audience as rapper and earworm manufacturer B.o.B. He's known for the atrociously catchy "Airplanes," ("Can we pretend that airplanes in th ... More >>

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    October 26, 2011

    Nelly Has The Number One Song In The Country.... Nine Years Ago Today

    ​The early 2000s were Nelly's salad days, a time period where the University City rapper was known more for slinging out hits than his efforts to take over Branson or for dealing with burglars at his Wildwood home. An example: Nelly had the number one song in the country nine years ago today ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    Waka Flocka, Wiz Khalifa, Ludacris, Keri Hilson Nelly and more at Superjam 4: 6/12/11

    Nelly makes a guest appearance to snuggle with Keri Hilson. Photo by Kiernan Maletsky​Super Jam 4 Mindless Behavior | Rockwell Knuckles and Tef Poe | Block Boyz | MoTre | Ruka Puff | Gena | Travis Porter | YC | Lloyd | Yo Gotti | Keri Hilson | Wiz Khalifa | Waka Flocka Flame | Ludacris Verizo ... More >>

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    April 26, 2011

    Tonight at Left Bank: Former RFT Writer Ben Westhoff Discusses New Book Dirty South

    Ben Westhoff tonight at Left Bank.​Former RFT staffer Ben Westhoff is out with a new book exploring the artists who helped popularize the southern style of hip hop that has dominated airwaves for much of the past decade. Tonight at 7 p.m. Westhoff reads from his work Dirty South: Outkast, Lil Wayn ... More >>

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    February 16, 2011

    Video: See Nelly Guest Star on the New 90210, Hawk the Ford Explorer

    Our beloved local cuddle-thug has been all over the national scene in advance of his appearance on this year's Blizzard Music Tour. During the Grammys, a commercial aired in which he pimped out a Sony Audio system in the new Ford Explorer. The humorous clip features his duet with Kelly Rowland, "Gon ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    Video: Nelly's Blueberry Hill Go Show Now Available

    The lovely folks over at Vevo finally got around to putting together an excellent Go Show from Nelly's surprise performance with the St. Lunatics at Blueberry Hill last month. "Move That Body" is the third single and maybe our favorite earworm off Nelly's forthcoming album, 5.0, which will be releas ... More >>

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    November 9, 2010

    Nelly and Bieber Have a Twitter Love-Fest

    After his Scottrade Center show last night, Justin Bieber took to Twitter to rave about how great the concert -- and audience -- was. To whom did he rave about the Lou? Why, Nelly, of course! .bbpBox1864496440147968 {background:url( ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Photos Recap: Nelly Plays a Surprise Show at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room

    Diana BenantiFans lined up outside Blueberry Hill. ​Nelly treated 200 lucky fans to a free show at Blueberry Hill's Duck Room on Friday, in conjunction with a ceremony celebrating his star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. The hip-hop superstar is the youngest person to have his own star, and tho ... More >>

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    October 15, 2010

    Nelly Doing a Surprise Concert Today, Right After He Gets a Star on the Walk of Fame

    This just in! Hot off the email presses! See below: Today, Nelly and the St. Lunatics will surprise lucky fans with an impromptu performance in the Delmar Loop. Nelly is announcing the concert this afternoon on Magic 104.1 and Z107.7. The performance is presented by VEVO as part of the music video ... More >>

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    October 4, 2010

    Nelly and the St. Lunatics Performing Together Tonight -- First Time in 10 Years

    The St. Lunatics will perform tonight for the first time since founding member City Spud was incarcerated ten years ago. It seemed like an eternity when we went without a peep from the Band-Aided one and his posse, but in the past few months, St. Louis has felt like Nellyville again. There was tha ... More >>

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