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If We Stream Nelly’s “Hot In Here” 287,176,547 Times, He’ll Be Able To Pay Off His Tax Debt

September 14th, 2016 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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This past Sunday, TMZ reported that St. Lunatics rapper Nelly owes millions of dollars in unpaid taxes.

Currently, the rapper who made all of us beg our parents to buy us “Air Force Ones,” has a $2,412,283 federal tax lien against him and owes the state of Missouri $149,511 in unpaid taxes.

And while it’s not certain why Nelly decided not to pay Uncle Sam — considering he has several endorsement deals, a not-for-profit organization, and is co-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats — loyal fans across the internet have banded together to help him clear his debt by streaming “Hot In Here” on Spotify. Spin magazine determined if fans streamed the 2000 hit 286,176,547 times that would amount to the sum total of his debts when taking into consideration the payout for artists per stream on the service is between $0.006 and $0.0084. At a minimum he’d need 402,880,500 streams if his payout was out the high end.

Nevertheless, fans, for the sake of nostalgia and generosity, have created the #SaveNelly movement to help the musician pay off his tax debt, one way or the other.

So far, “Hot In Here” has been streamed 59,796,074 times on Spotify. Only 227,380,473 streams to go!

Mixing Business With Pleasure: Nelly Makes Girlfriend The Star Of His New Video

September 25th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Like many, I had my doubts about Nelly and Shantel Jackson’s relationship. However, after seeing how they interact with one another and his children on their reality show, “Nellyville,” I’ve been made a believer.

Considering how great their chemistry is, and the fact that Jackson is an aspiring actress and model, it’s not surprising that Nelly decided to cast her in his new music video.

The visuals are for his latest single, “The Fix,” which features Jeremih and samples Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing”. The track is actually pretty catchy, and video is kind of cute as well.

According to Rap-Up, the 40-year-old entertainer is in the process of recording his eighth studio album.

Isn’t It Just A Number? Celebrities Caught In Age Controversies

August 30th, 2015 - By Iva Anthony
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R&B songbird Aaliyah may have sang, “Age ain’t nothing but a number,” but not everyone is ready to admit what that number really is. These celebrities have been caught up in age controversies as a result of being elusive or simply just out right lying about their age.

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Karlie Redd

It seems like Karlie Redd and her messy ways were made for reality television. As it turns out, the Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta star may be a lot older than her cast mates. At one point, Karlie insisted she was in her twenties, but that was before fans found out about her adult daughter. Even though Karlie claims to be in her thirties, word around town is that number may be closer to 50.

[NSFW] The Top 10 BET Uncut Videos You Know You Watched As A Teen

August 7th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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After The Game’s season finale this week, BET announced it was reviving their most infamous show ever, Uncut. The latter premiered in 2001 and aired Wednesdays through Fridays at 3 AM EST and showcased the raunchiest music videos known to man. For many millennials, Uncut debuted while they were in either junior or high school, therefore, making the TV-MA-rated program forbidden by many parents. But for many kids during that time, where there is a will, there is a way. Thanks to school vacations and sleepovers, BET Uncut was viewed by the underage, salacious lyrics were learned, and twerk sessions were had. No matter what side of the Uncut fence you’re on, we guarantee you watched the following videos when you should’ve been sleeping. So feel free to raunchily reminisce before the petition is launched.

Jesus Wept: BET Is Bringing “Uncut” Back

August 6th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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I would love for someone to speak to Debra Lee and see what happened to the vision for BET. I really thought they were trying to do better, you know more empowering content for the Black community. But last night’s announcement, during the series finale of “The Game,” proved that they might have deviated from this plan.

If you weren’t watching the series finale, you might have seen the network’s tweets.

And then this one promoting “Tip Drill.”

Who, exactly, asked for this?

Perhaps BET forgot just how much controversy the “Tip Drill” video stirred up. I was always under the impression that video, which most of us found especially degrading, caused the show’s demise.

If I’m being a hundred percent honest, I was in middle school watching “Uncut” in the wee hours of the morning before school. For one reason or another I had a television and cable in my bedroom and I watched, mystified, seeing if I could imitate those same glute movements. It used to come on at 3 a.m, followed by some televangelist praying for people and claiming healing over lives. After watching “Uncut,” that’s exactly what I needed. Though wildly entertaining, the show was not something I should have been watching as an adolescent, as it was basically, in the words of Outkast’s Big Boi, soft-core porn. Those are the things that attract adolescents though. Thankfully, I already had a solid foundation and knew that I was more than how jiggly my developing booty could shake. But we all know, the way Black women are dying from illegal booty injections, that’s not the case for every woman or little girl.

And sadly, the way women are regarded in this country, and in the Hip Hop community particularly, there’s no more room for the objectification of Black women.

Furthermore, what’s really going on with the 11 pm time frame? If I was watching at 3 am, it will be nothing for kids to watch at 11 pm. Hopefully, their parents will still be up to regulate or set some parental blocks, but children find ways.

I guess I’m just confused by the whole thing. The videos on “Uncut,” were never known for quality or even innovation. It was just gratuitous ass-shaking. And since there’s plenty of that on YouTube and other social media sites, I don’t know why we have to repeat the formula.

If BET wants to bring back a vintage show, perhaps they should start with “Midnight Love.” Lord knows, there are more than enough R&B/soul singers who could use the love.

What do you think about the resurrection of “Uncut”? Are you here for it?

Nelly Speaks On Arrest, Drug Charges: “I Feel The Need To Take Responsibility For My Choices”

April 14th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Over the weekend, we told you that Cornell “Nelly’ Hayes was arrested and charged with felony drug possession, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Earlier today, the single dad took to Instagram to address the arrest and take responsibility for his actions. His statement reads:

Although I am unable to speak to the legal specifics and my attorney has put out a preliminary statement, I feel the need to take responsibility for my choices in needing to be more aware of the people I associate with and allow onto my property while committing to make better choices moving forward.

While my instinct of course, is to be accessible to my friends, fans and acquaintances, the last thing I would want to do is compromise the respect and admiration of my friends, family and fans.

As previously reported, the rapper’s tour bus was pulled over in Tennessee. Upon inspection, officers discovered “five colored crystal-type rocks that tested positive for methamphetamine,” “a small amount of marijuana,” “other drug paraphernalia,” and “numerous handguns.”

Six occupants of the bus, including Hayes, were taken to jail. The rapper and reality star posted his $10,000 bail and was released. Hayes is scheduled to appear in court in June.

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Nelly Arrested On Drug Charges in Tennessee

April 12th, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Here’s something I never thought I would hear.

Nelly has been arrested after police officers searched his tour bus in Putnam County, Tennessee. According to AP , officers discovered multiple drugs including marijuana and meth.

Nelly was pulled over Saturday morning after his tour bus failed to “display a U.S. Department of Transportation and International Fuel Tax Association sticker.” However as the officer walked towards the bus he claimed he smelled the scent of marijuana. A search of the tour bus began shortly after.

The St. Louis native is currently facing charges of felony possession of drugs, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

I’m honestly somewhat shocked by this news. You would think a rapper vet like Nelly, would know the rules to the game and be smarter. I guess not.


The State of Tennessee Department of Safety And Homeland Security has released the following statement with further details of Nelly’s arrest.

At approximately 9:20 a.m. on Saturday, Trooper Michael Loftis stopped a Prevost motor coach bus on Interstate 40 near the 275 mile marker for failure to display a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and International Fuel Tax Association (IFTA) sticker on the vehicle. The investigating trooper planned to conduct an inspection on the bus when he noticed an odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle.

Trooper Loftis, assisted by THP Sgt. Donald Jennings, then conducted a probable cause search of the bus. The troopers discovered in the sleeper area a plastic bag that contained five colored crystal-type rocks that tested positive for methamphetamine, as well as a small amount of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia.

Further investigation revealed approximately 100 small Ziploc bags that are commonly associated with the sale of narcotics and numerous handguns, including a gold-plated 50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol, a 45-caliber Tarus pistol, and a 500 magnum Smith and Wesson.

The bus was occupied by six subjects, one of whom was identified as Brian Jones, 44, of St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. Jones, a convicted felon, was also in possession of a handgun and was charged accordingly. Nelly, 40, also of St. Louis, Missouri and Jones, who were traveling to St. Louis when the traffic stop occurred, were transported to the Putnam County Jail.

Nelly has made his $10,000 bail and is set to appear in court in June.

“We Had An Agreement” Nelly Speaks On Why His Relationship With Ashanti Was So Private

November 27th, 2014 - By Raven Carter
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During Nelly‘s days with “Foolish” singer Ashanti, his relationship was a private matter. And that’s the way she wanted the relationship to be, according to Sister 2 Sister.

“Obviously, we had an agreement, but it just wasn’t my case to just keep that private like that,” he told Richmond’s 92.1 radio about his relationship with Ashanti.

Nowadays, he’s dating Shantel Jackson and is very open about their relationship — detailing the relationship on his show, “Nellyville.”

“In this situation, it’s kind of hard to show everything that’s been going on without showing that side of it, too,” he said.

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[Watch] Ashanti Speaks On Failed Relationship With Nelly & His Many Love Triangles

October 29th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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While promoting her new Christmas album, Ashanti opened up to Hot 97’s Morning Show about her past relationship with Nelly and what she thinks about all of the drama that has been surrounding her ex-boo these days. Check out some highlights from her interview below.

On Nelly always beefing with his boos’ exes:

“What can I say? Why are the boyfriends mad? Me personally, I go after the person that’s supposed to be loyal to me. Guys may handle things differently. I don’t know…what all those situations are. It’s hard because I see through a lot of different situations. I don’t think a lot of things are being taken seriously.”

On if these men are jealous of Nelly for a reason aka his sex game:

“Listen, it’s great [laughs].”

On if she’s dating anyone:

“I have friends.”

On the last time she had sex with Nelly:

“It’s been a while, but it hasn’t been a whole year yet.”

On their relationship/breakup:

“That whole situation…If people were to know the truth, the truth is more bizarre than the perception…The truth of me and him is way more bizarre than what the perception is. If you knew what was really going down, you would be like…WHAT?!?”

On their relationship being a “secret:”

“A lot of people had perceptions of claiming and not claiming and who was running this and who was running that. To clear a little bit of that, a lot of that was me. I’ll come out and say it because I don’t like to have my stuff on blast like that. Sometimes that can make another person feel like, ‘What’s up with that?’ It was a long time, a lot of years and in a relationship, things are 360. Sometimes it turns. One person may feel a certain way at this portion and then the next few years it flips and the other person feel a certain way. You see what I’m saying? I’m trying to give it without giving all of it.”

Check out Ashanti’s full interview below. Thoughts?

Nothing Was The Same: Artists We Thought Would Be Hot Forever

October 9th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Was there an artist you saw everywhere at one time or another and thought that they would always be “on”? Yeah, the 00s (and the ’90s) were filled with them, but a change in the sound of Hip-Hop and R&B, and a change in the way people buy and obtain music (and a change in skills and vocal abilities…) has caused some of the people who used to be on top to be somewhat forgotten about these days. It happens often, but we were surprised when these particular people (who aren’t one-hit wonders) were on top–and then all of a sudden were nowhere near the top years later.

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Ja Rule

You couldn’t tell me after Ja Rule was on top of the charts with albums like Rule 3:36 and Pain Is Love, and after helping Jennifer Lopez get two #1 hits with “I’m Real” and “Ain’t It Funny,” that he wasn’t going to be on top for years to come.

But alas…

Well before and after the release of The Last Temptation, Ja Rule (born Jeffrey Atkins) started heavily beefing publically with 50 Cent, who would be a formidable threat in the rap game about to take the top spot. And on top of that, after a while, Murder Inc. was under investigation for drug trades, so Ja ended up leaving the company behind in 2009. From there, he was no longer the big fish and eventually found himself in prison for gun possession. Now out and about, Ja still performs (he just did a show in Nigeria with Ashanti), but people aren’t necessarily checking for him like they used to.