(Note: This interview was conducted on Sept. 7, 2017, prior to allegations that Nelly sexually assaulted a woman on his tour bus in Des Moines, Washington. He was arrested and released without charges filed. His lawyer tells Et that the allegations are "completely fabricated." Nelly has also spoken out on social media, claiming he's innocent. More on that story Here.)
Nelly is opening up about his 17 years in the spotlight.
The 42-year-old rapper has been touring the country with Florida Georgia Line
for their 2017 Smooth Tour, recently making a stop in Anaheim, California. To promote her new E! series, The Platinum Life, Nelly's girlfriend, Shantel Jackson
, invited Et to experience the "VIP lifestyle" with her and her pals at his concert at the Anaheim Convention Center.
After spending the evening watching Nelly belt out hits like "Just a Dream
," "Hot in Herre" and "Country Grammar," and chatting with Jackson over drinks and food backstage, we were escorted