Nelly got his start in the music business after leaving his music group St. Lunatics and signing to Universal Records in 1999. St. Lunatics were a hip hop group popular in St. Louis for their hit song, "Gimme What Ya Got." The group split up due to financial disputes. After signing with Universal Records, Nelly released his debut album "Country Grammar" in 2000. "Country Grammar" is one of the best-selling rap albums of all time.
Nelly came at a time when Midwestern rappers weren't famous in the rap industry, but intelligently crafted his image as the star of Midwest and the pride of his hometown St Louis. Throughout Nelly's career, he has released seven studio albums and is one the top five best selling rap artist in American music history. Some of Nelly's most famous songs are "Ride With Me," "Hot In Herre" and "Grillz".
Nelly is not only famous for his music, but is also an actor. He has acted in TV shows such as "CSI: NY," "90210" and "Real Husbands of Hollywood." Nelly's most famous role was as Earl Megget in the 2005 movie "The Longest Yard." He also has a reality show titled "Nellyville". Nelly has amassed a net worth of over $60 million, as of 2015.