By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Nelly is doing press this week to promote his hit show on BET, “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” but the rapper and actor has a lot of people talking about his recent comments about historical black college Spelman College. Several years ago when Nelly was one of the most popular rappers at the time, he found himself in the middle of controversy for his music video for “Tip Drill.” In the video, there was a scene in which he took a credit card and slid it down the middle of a young video vixen’s behind. This of course made a lot of women furious, and the women of Spelman College decided to protest him for it.
The protestors boycotted the 2004 bone marrow drive he was supposed to have at the campus to aid his sister Jacqueline Donahue who eventually passed away from leukemia in 2005. The protest caused Nelly to cancel the event and he tells Marc Lamont Hill via HuffPost Live that he’s still furious about the situation and he also somewhat blames the protestors for his sister’s death:
“The Spelman thing, the only thing I feel I would’ve did different is kick somebody’s a*s…that’s just how it felt to me, Pimp. I don’t have my sister. And I doubt it if half of those girls are still campaigning for what they quote, unquote took advantage for that opportunity for.
“You [protesters] robbed me of a opportunity. Unfairly, my brother. Because we could’ve still had your conversation after I got my opportunity, but it could’ve been somebody that was coming to that bone marrow drive that day, that was possibly a match for my sister. That didn’t come because of that…”
Check out the clip below: