Nelly Fans Help Him Pay His Tax Debt

Nelly fans are streaming the 2002 hit Hot In Herre to help the rapper make some extra money and are encouraging others to do the same

Nelly fans have rallied together to help Nelly after news broke that the rapper had been hit with a $2.4 million tax lien.

This support came from the idea of Spin writer Brian Josephs who proposed that fans stream “Hot in Herre” at least a collective 287,176,547 times so that Nelly could earn a sizable Spotify payout.

It seems fans’ efforts are paying off in a small way: Spotify is reporting that streams of Nelly’s songs (Hot in Herre, Country Grammar, et al) have increased by 200% this week over peak hours compared to last week.

This proposition inspired the hashtag #SaveNelly, with fans sharing the lengths they were willing to go to support Cornell. If anything, this tells us that the love for Nelly is still going strong.

Stephen Colbert suggested using the song in a popular viral clip, wickedly placing the song over footage of an overheated, pneumonia-stricken Hillary Clinton trying get into a car. But his play on the song to help teach about debt was funny.

The Late Late Show, Corden did what he could to support the #SaveNelly effort in his own small way. The host recalled his recent birthday gift — a button that plays Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It” — as well as the subsequent warning he received from producers that the show gets billed $6,000 every time he hits it.