Former St. Lunatic Slo’ Down has come forward to call out group leader Nelly over unfair compensation during his run with the crew.
Slo claims 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)
Slo’ reportedly linked with St. Lunatics in the mid-1990’s.
Having been friends and family for years the group formed collectively in 1993. The roster, which has been consistent since the group’s inception, consists of Ali, Nelly, City Spud, Kyjuan and Murphy Lee. The group dubbed itself the St. Lunatics and began crafting the unique sound that would place St. Louis on hip-hop’s world map. By 1996 the crew was ready to debut its new sound. The group picked up hypeman Slo’ Down to add a visual element to the act, and hit the studio to record the single “Gimme What Ya Got.” (Hip Online)
The group gained fame around the time their debut album dropped in 2001.
The group was formed in 2000 and came out with their hit, “Gimmie What U Got” and “Thug Luv for the Homiez”, in 2003. After the St. Lunatics got signed to Universal Records Nelly was the first member to go solo, and while Nelly was working on his solo album Country Grammar, City Spud was arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison for robbery. After Nelly’s breakthrough success in 2000, the St. Lunatics released their debut album Free City in 2001 with hits such as “Summer in the City” and “Midwest Swing”. Ali released his solo album Heavy Starch in 2002 and Murphy Lee released his solo album Murphy’s Law in 2003. (1 VIBE)
Currently, Nelly is preparing to release his new solo album, 5.0, this November.
Universal Motown will unveil the St. Louis rapper’s sixth studio album 5.0 on November 16. The club jam “Tippin’ in da Club,” produced by Dutch, sets the tone for the high-octane record. The song has already gone to urban radio, while the second single “Just a Dream” has been serviced to Top 40 stations. The latter was produced by Jim Jonsin and Rico Love. (Rap-Up)
Check out Slo’ Down’s interview below: