The music of Nelly and his Band-Aid was the stuff summer anthems were made of. Scoff all you want but you can’t pretend you didn’t do a little dance every time “Hot in Herre,” “Ride Wit Me” or the ironically named “Country Grammar” came on, or sang and rapped along to “Dilemma,” “Just a Dream” or “Air Force Ones.”
But despite all his hit songs, he is in some financial trouble, at least according to TMZ. The rapper reportedly owes a lot of money to the IRS ($2,412,283 as well as $149,511 in state taxes, to be exact). That’s a lot of cheddar, considering he hasn’t had a hit since, well, we can’t remember.
Thankfully, Brian Josephs at Spin came up with a brilliant way to get behind him and proposed that fans stream “Hot in Herre” a collective 287,176,547 times so that Nelly could earn a sizable payout from Spotify.
The streaming service states the payout for artists “per stream” averages between $0.006 and $0.0084, which means that if Nelly earns the minimum, he would need 402,880,500 streams to earn enough to significantly decrease the alleged debt.
Spin’s proposition inspired the hashtag #SaveNelly, with fans sharing the lengths they were willing to go to show their support. If Nelly ever wondered if people were still clamouring for his music, the answer couldn’t be more clear. The Nelly love lives on.
— Ghetto Translations (@UrbanEngIish) September 13, 2016
— Martenzie Johnson (@Martenzie) September 12, 2016
Cuz of Nelly I stopped saying "pedicure" and started saying "manicured toes" #SaveNelly
— Civil Savage (@Hustle_Scholar) 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
"Why do we need to #savenelly?"
🔊🔊🔊MUST BE THE MONEY 🔊🔊🔊
— Feminist, The Happy (@HappyFeminist) September 12, 2016
Now please excuse us for the rest of the day while we get a little Nelly on.