Nelly has been proudly representing his hometown of St. Louis since he became famous, and he has been a calm presence and voice of reason since protests erupted a year ago in Ferguson.
Before his performance at The Frequency | Radio One‘s annual Urban artist showcase and music industry gathering The Blitz, Nelly spoke to EZ Street of WKYS/Washington, DC about how he’s helping give a voice to the people of Ferguson and St. Louis.
See Nelly’s interview in the video above on the red carpet at the 5th anniversary of The Blitz, which was also was the launch party for One X, Radio One’s new custom content studio for brands and their curators.
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Rappers Who Changed Their Names (PHOTOS)
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1. This guy used to go by the name of Tity Boi.
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2. Now, he’d appreciate it if we called him 2 Chainz.
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3. N.O.R.E. used to stand for “Niggaz On The Run Eatin.”
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4. Today, he prefers “P.A.P.I.,” which stands for “Power Always Proves Intelligence.”
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5. One of rap’s legends used to go by the name of Biggie Smalls.
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6. Because of legal issues, he then changed his name to The Notorious B.I.G.
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7. The real OG Snoop Doggy Dogg.
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8. After numerous name changes, and his recent “reincarnation,” he’d prefer to be called Snoop Lion.
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9. In order to mature with his music, he decided to go by his birth name – Kendrick Lamar.
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10. This rapper originally went under the moniker “Therapist.”
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11. Now, we know him as J. Cole.
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12. Diddy has been through many name changes: Sean “Puffy” Combs, Puff Daddy, and P. Diddy.
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13. After several changes, he finally settled down with Diddy.
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14. Believe it or not, the “Be” rapper was originally named Common Sense.
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15. He dropped the end of the name and simply goes by Common.
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16. Brrr. The CEO of Cash Money Records originally named himself Baby.
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17. He now famously goes by Birdman.
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18. Throwback of Lil Romeo.
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19. The obviously matured adult now prefers the name Romeo.
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20. Lil Bow Wow, you just don’t know.
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21. He originally went by the name Lil J, then switched to Yung Jeezy.
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22. The rapper now goes by Jeezy.
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23. We all remember The Game back then…
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24. He dropped the first half and goes by Game.
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25. This classic rapper is well known as Mos Def.
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26. As of 2012, he goes by the name Yasiin Bey.
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