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Nelly went to Spain with his father, Air Force Man Cornall Haynes Sr., until he was 3 years old, then moved to St. Louis. Nelly's folks struggled financially and split up when he was 7. As the youngest child in the neighborhood he grew up getting into trouble with the big kids. As a result he ended up moving around to live with various family members. He dreamed of playing pro baseball. In high school he formed a group called the St. Lunatics. The group consisted of him and some of his friends (Kyjuan, Murphy Lee, Slo Down, City Spud, and Ali) from high school. Nelly began listening to artists like Rakim, LL Cool J, Run-DMC, OutKast, Goodie Mob, and Jay-Z. He became convinced that his gift for rap could be parlayed into a career. He has his own style of rap which he likes to describe as a jazz form of hip-hop. The first song that Nelly and the St. Lunatics made was Gimmie What You Got. The song "Gimmie What You Got" sold 7,000 units regionally and dominated airwaves, rising to the number one spot on St. Louis' number one hip-hop station. After that song the St. Lunatics encouraged Nelly to go solo and he did. He signed a record deal with Universal Records.

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Nov 2, 1974 In Austin, Texas, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Saturday Night Live 1975-10-11
Latest Project:
Series Nellyville 2014-11-01

4 wins & 7 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Glee
Poster of Parks and Recreation
Poster of Chuck
Poster of Friends
Nellyville Himself 2014-11-01
Real Husbands of Hollywood Self 39 episodes, 2013-2016 2013-01-15
The Real Unknown 2013-07-15
The Arsenio Hall Show Unknown 2013-09-09
The Next Unknown 2012-08-16
Glee Unknown 2009-05-19
Parks and Recreation Unknown 2009-04-09
Watch What Happens: Live Unknown 2009-06-16
The Wendy Williams Show Unknown 2008-05-14
Generation Kill Unknown 2008-07-13
90210 Unknown 2008-09-02
Chelsea Lately Unknown 2007-07-01
Chuck Unknown 2007-09-24
Dancing on Ice Unknown 2006-01-08
So You Think You Can Dance Unknown 2005
Meet the Barkers Unknown 2005-04-06
Criminal Minds Unknown 2005-09-22
Dancing with the Stars Unknown 2005-06-01
Entourage Unknown 2004-07-18
CSI: NY Unknown 2004-09-22
Top of the Pops Unknown 2002-01-12
Undeclared Unknown 2001-09-25
Smallville Unknown 2001
Scrubs Unknown 2001-10-02
Gilmore Girls Unknown 2000-10-05
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Friends Unknown 1994-09-22
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Maury Unknown 1991
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11