Cornell Iral Haynes Jr. a.k.a Nelly is an American singer-songwriter and rapper that was born on November 2, 1974 in Austin, Texas, United States. He was a former member of the group St. Lunatics in 1993 and he separated ways in the band and makes his solo career through the Universal Music Group through Kevin Law of A&R.
He released his debut album called “Country Grammar” on June 27, 2000. It was formed through the producer Jason Epperson a.k.a Jay E with Kevin Law, Steve Wills, C- Love, City Spud and Basement beats. Murphy Lee and Ali were featured in their final single called “Better Up”. The album got certified 9x platinum records that sold 8.5 million copies that he was placed in 9th best selling Rap album in US.
Few months later in 2001, he launched his 2nd album entitled “Free City” with his former group St. Lunatics on June 5, 2001. It was a Certified Platinum that sold 196, 000 copies in just a week and he also collaborated with Brian Mcknight (Backing Vocals), Steve Eigner (Guitar), Little Rock (Backing Vocals) and many more...
Followed by his 3rd album called “Nellyville” on June 25, 2002 by Universal Records. This album hit number 1 in US Billboard 200 Chart and got Certified 6x platinum by RIAA that sold 714, 000 copies on its first week. Justin Timberlake, Dani Stevenson, Kelly Rowland, Freeway as well as Beanie Sigel had special appearance on this album.
In the other hand, he won the Best Male Rap Solo Performance in Grammy Awards in 2003 for its single “Hot in Herre” and he also collaborated with Diddy and Murphy in the tracks “Shake Ya Tailfeather” that won the Grammy Award “best Rap Performance by Duo or Group” in 2004.
Nelly had finished 2 albums in the year 2004 including “Sweat” and “Suit” that was released on September 13. “Sweat” had cooperation with Midi Mafia, Jason Epperson, Trife, Jazze Pha, and the Alchemist. The album sold about 1,000,000 copies all throughout the released and got Certified Platinum. While “Suit” had teamwork with Kayson “Koko” Bridges, Kuya Productions, Ryan Browser and many more producers who believe in his talent. It was nominated for Best Rap Album in 7th Grammy Awards.
He also introduced more albums like “Who’s the Boss” with St. Lunatics on 2006, “Brass Knuckles” on 2008 and “5.0” in 2010. One year later, he followed the launching of the album “M.O” and all those albums had received prominent awards and nomination and it was sold for a million copies all over the world. He also came out in television and film including ‘Snipes’ (2001), The Longest Yard (2005) and Reach me (present year).