Hashtag #SaveNelly has been set up for fans and well wishers to render financial assistance to the American rapper who shot to fame with the song ‘Dilemma’. He’s desperately in need of help to pay off a ridiculous federal tax debt.
Nelly [real name Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr.] is reportedly owing Missouri Department of Revenue a total sum of $149,511 in unpaid taxes.
The 41-year-old is also required to pay a whooping $2,412,283 in federal tax lien. The Order To Pay was issued last month.
Admittedly, the amount is insane though sources close to the St. Louis rapper assured everyone that he’s working out plans with the government to resolve the issue.
While most fans are worried about what positive outcome his negotiations with the government can bring, others who believe in practical solutions have cooked up an idea- hashtag #SaveNelly.
Though it sounds bizarre, it can actually help Nelly pay off his debt. Here’s how: After reports of his tax lien surfaced, Spin found out the rapper would earn between $0.006 and $0.0084 per Spotify stream.
The team crunched some numbers and concluded “Hot In Herre” would need to be streamed between 287,176,547 and 402,880,500 times in order for him to rack up the money needed to pay off Uncle Sam.
Image shows a scene from Nelly’s Dilemma with Kelly Rowland.
It’s also important to note that not all the money earned from streams goes directly to Nelly’s bank account. However, even though that’s the case, the revenue from hundreds of millions of streams could still help a great deal.
Here are some nice tweets in support of #SaveNelly: