Who Is Nelly and What Is Net Worth Of him? If you are a fan of rap music and the hip hop industry in general you must have surely heard of Nelly the rapper. He is a hugely popular rapper based in St. Louis, Missouri. He is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur and investor. Nelly has also acted in a couple of movies. Nelly is the stage name of Cornell Iral Haynes Jr. and has been in the music industry since 1993. Nelly’s debut album has been his best one yet which sold 8.4 million copies and peaked at number 1 on the Billboards 200. Nelly has also won the Grammy’s twice in the years 2003 and 2004. Nelly has been named by the Recording Association of America as the fourth best selling rap artist in America when it came to the music industry.
Cornell Iral Haynes Jr. was born on November 2, 1974 in Austin, Texas. Cornell’s father was serving in the military and was stationed at Austin. The family later moved to St. Louis and when Cornell was 7 years old, his parents divorced, and Cornell was at the care of his mom who moved with him to University City in Missouri when he was a teenager. From a very young age, Cornell had decided that the music industry was for him and that he was going to become a professional rapper and follow his passion for music. Cornell attempted to realize his dreams early on by starting a hip hop group called the St. Lunatics which dropped a hot single which became hugely popular locally. Cornell thought that he would get a major record deal from a big record label at least locally. He had even decided to change his stage name to Nelly. Little did he know how popular he would become.
1999 was a big year for Nelly as his record label dreams finally materialized with him being signed on to Universal Records with St. Lunatics. Their response however was lukewarm at best as Nelly was a rapper from the Midwest while the hip hop scene was centred around the east and west coasts. However they used this to their advantage and marketed Nelly as the hero of the Midwest and the pioneer of Hip Hop music there. 2000 was the breakthrough year for Cornell under the moniker of Nelly as he released his Country Grammar album this year. The lead single from the album was in the top ten tracks and the entire album itself debuted at number 3 on the billboards 200 later peaking at number one having sold more than 8 million copies worldwide and making Nelly super popular!
Nelly followed this huge success of his first album with a second and third album on the same day on September 14, 2004. These albums were titled Suit and Sweat and debuted number one and number 2 on the billboards 200 when it was released. Suit was an R&B style album while Sweat was a rap style album. In a way Nelly’s risk of releasing two albums at the same time paid off a lot as he basically dominated the billboards 200 for weeks!
In 2001, Nelly made his big debut in acting with a role as a high profile rapper Prolifik in the independent film, ‘Snipes’. His big film debut came in 2003 when he acted in a remake of ‘The Longest Yard’ which starred Adam Sandler and Chris Rock. The movie also featured a couple of Nelly’s tracks as part of the official soundtrack including ‘Errtime’ and ‘Flyaway’.
Over the years, apart from singing and songwriting and producing his own songs, Nelly has also given in to his acting dreams and his dreams of becoming an entrepreneur. He has starred in his own reality show Nellyville in 2015. The show was first aired in November 2014. The show is about Nelly’s career in the music industry and how he raised his kids. The show recently finished airing its second season.
Nelly Net Worth
Nelly’s net worth stood at $65 million. This huge net worth is attributed to Nelly’s album sales the biggest of which was for his debut album which sold close to 9 million copies! He has also made money from his entrepreneurial ventures and as an investor. He has a villa at St. Louis called Eureka which he bought for a whopping $1.4 million with its own basketball court! Nelly also has a thing for cars and owns a Ford Mustang GT which cost him close to $50,000 but is now worth well over $100,000 dollars!
Cornell Jr. has proved time and again that having a passion and fervently working towards it with utmost dedication can do wonders as is evident from his huge success in the industry. He is truly an inspiration to all the aspiring musicians out there and has a huge fan following. It is not every day that someone gets named the fourth best selling rapper in American music history!