Looks like Nelly may need a new accountant.
TMZ reports that the St. Louis rapper was hit with a $2.4 million federal tax lien in August. Reportedly, because the amount of money owed is so large, the government could start seizing Nelly’s assets and property.
Earlier this year, Nelly was in tax trouble on the state level as well. The Missouri Department of Revenue said he owed $149,511 in unpaid state taxes from 2013. Nelly is reportedly already working with state and federal tax authorities to resolve the issues.
On the music front, things are going much better for the rapper. He’s set to perform a special concert in his hometown of St. Louis with the St. Louis Symphony. Nelly will present “A Night of Symphonic Hip Hop” on Feb. 3 at Powell Symphony Hall, and the 41-year-old rapper will rock the mic with a full orchestra conducted by David Robertson. The concert will feature orchestral flips of Nelly’s chart-topping hits including “Country Grammar,” “Hot in Herre,” “Ride Wit Me” and “Just a Dream.”
The 41 year-old rapper also hit another career marker early last month, when his debut album, Country Grammar and the 2012 single “Cruise” on which he’s featured, reached diamond status.
Hopefully, he gets his tax issues resolved quickly so that he can get back to fully enjoying the milestones he’s recently reached.
In the wake of reports that the rapper is facing a $2.4 million tax lien, folks are streaming his music and offering tributes to him as part of the effort to #SaveNelly.
#HotInHerreStreamingParty has also become a thing on Twitter.
According to Spin, streaming giant Spotify pays artists somewhere between $0.006 and $0.0084 per stream. So that means fans would have to stream his music about 402 million times to help him out if his royalties are on the low end of that spectrum. If he gets paid the maximum per stream then fans only need to stream Nelly about 287 million times.
That’s a lot of “Country Grammar.”
The social media response has been equal parts hilarious and endearing. One person pointed out that “Nelly gave us hits for the middle school dances. We owe him.”
pro tip: turn your phone to mute and put on "hot in herre" while you sleep tonight. 7 hours sleep = 110 plays #hotinherrestreamingparty
— jim jar-jarmusch (@bergmansbro) September 13, 2016
Nelly helped you awkwardly grind on your first girlfriend during the homecoming dance. You owe him. #SaveNelly
— B! J! STEINER!!! (@DocZeus) September 12, 2016
The support is nice….