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Nelly



One of the more unique rap talents to emerge during the 2000s, Nelly (born Cornell Hayes, Jr.) owed much of his individuality to his geographic origins. Whereas other rappers could be tied to various schools (southern rap, east coast rap, etc.), Nelly hailed from St. Louis, MO, and thus produced a sound entirely his own; he fused urban rap with southern rap to create an unusual hybrid and sported a voice that blended a Midwestern twang with a distinctly Southern drawl. Nelly debuted with a hit single in the summer of 2000 ("Country Grammar (Hot)," then bucked widespread accusations of being a novelty act with a series of blockbuster follow-ups. Albums included the 2002 release Nellyville and the 2004 releases Suit and Sweat. Meanwhile, Hayes projected some entrepreneurial spirit on the side by designing and launching his own line of men's apparel, Vorpal, and his own line of women's apparel, Applebottoms. Aside from an early appearance in the musically charged crime drama Snipes (2001), the majority of Nelly's film work showcased his rap in a nonfiction context, such as 2002 and 2004 appearances as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live, an interview appearance in the documentary Hip Hop 101: The Game (2003), and participation in the 2007 BET Hip Hop Awards. One exception arose in 2005, with a small supporting role in the Adam Sandler comedy remake The Longest Yard (2005).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
4% Reach Me
  • E-Ruption
2014
No Score Yet BET Hip Hop Awards 2007
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Nelly: St. Louis's Finest
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Rap Thugs
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Party Tyme Karaoke - Pop Hits 8
  • Actor
2006
31% The Longest Yard
  • Earl Megget
2005
No Score Yet Hip Hop Story, Vol. 2: Dirty South
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Beef II
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Cornbread: Street Heat: Kappa Beach Preview
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet South Beach Live
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Hip-Hop Story 2: Dirty South
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Nelly: Hot All Over
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Hip Hop 101: The Game
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Karaoke - Pop R&B
  • Actor
2003
25% Snipes
  • Prolifik/Clarence
2002
No Score Yet Hip-Hop Honeys - Tasty Flavors
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Rewind - The Hip Hop DVD Magazine
  • Actor
2002

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Performer
  • Guest
No Score Yet Real Husbands of Hollywood
2013
  • Actor
No Score Yet 90210
2008-2013
  • Himself
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Performer
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Performer
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
  • Terrence Davis
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Musical Guest

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