Grammy-winning rapper Nelly has shared his views on rap beefs and why he sways away from dissing other emcees.
Nelly said rap feuds are not a focus or a part of his career.
“With me, I always wanted to come in and just do me. So beefs and all that s**t ? Unless it’s personal – I mean, don’t get it twisted cuz, I’m from St. Louis, you know what I’m saying. We get it in. If you got something to say to me, then say it. You shouldn’t have, ’cause I ain’t in your business. I ain’t got nothing to do with you, and I ain’t never thought about nothing like that. But if you feel like you need to step to me…As far as beefs in music, I try to stay away from that, because that don’t work for me. My fans don’t buy my albums because they want to hear me go talk about somebody else. My fans don’t come to my concerts because they want to hear me stand on stage and diss somebody else. They come to see Nelly. They come to see and hear the songs that they’ve been purchasing and supporting, so there’s no room in my career for that.” (All Hip Hop)
Last month, Nelly confronted ex-St. Lunatic member Slo Down for trying to spark a beef.
“Well first of all, the St. Lunatics were together way before Slo Down,” Nelly said in an interview. “You see what I’m saying? That’s what people don’t understand. We were way before Slo Down. By the time we met Slo Down, we almost had a deal with Universal. You see what I’m saying? People need to know the history because you do get some people [saying], ‘Oh, how could you do him like that?’ Well, let me give you the history. St. Lunatics have been together since ’93 — we probably got up around Slo Down around ’97…When it stops becoming an opportunity and you start relying on someone to help you make something of yourself, now here you have a situation to where you had someone in a group — they didn’t write music, that wouldn’t even come to the studio to hear the music getting made, you wouldn’t hang out in there — and you made a substantial amount of money, which is unbelievable, to basically be on-stage for an hour and not rap a word…Ain’t nobody bought a ticket to see this man at a show, ain’t nobody bought a CD to hear this man say words that he didn’t even say, it’s not even rap, ain’t nobody bought Apple Bottom line because of him — you didn’t even sell the mask…” (Music Choice)
In September, Nelly also hit up Twitter to defend himself.
“I wish I could have made ova a half a mill dollars for just wearing a mask on stage!!!!!loldammm,” he wrote in September.
“hate ungratefulness pimp!u don’t write!don’t rap!!u don’t even stay in the studio till the song is done!still make a halfmil” (Nelly’s Twitter)
Slo claimed Nelly received half of all St. Lunatics’ profits and did not look out for him.
“I might f*ck around and get emotional talkin’ about all how that money was getting’ split up, sh*t was crazy,” he said. “N*ggas was eatin’ and I wasn’t one of them n*ggas. I was snackin’… I was lunchin’, havin’ lunch every now and then, and n*ggas was havin’ four course meals and ain’t have sh*t to do with sh*t…Whatever we did Nelly got half of that sh*t, and the rest of the group split that up…And when it came to splitting the money I wasn’t part of the rest of the group…I ain’t write no lyrics or nuthin but…I brought more to the stage show, [and] to the image.” (XXL Mag)
Check out some past Nelly footage below: