You may recall that Nelly faced severe criticism about misogyny in his sexually explicit music video ‘Tip Drill” back in the day.
The controversial ‘Tip Drill’ video (click HERE to watch), released in 2003, featured a slew of Atlanta area strippers and sparked protests from womens groups about its overt depiction of women as sexual objects.
Nelly has expressed his frustration about a group of Spelman College protesters who boycotted his 2004 bone marrow drive, which was planned at the Atlanta area HBCU. The protestors disrupted the drive, which was being held in support of his sister, Jacqueline Donahue, who later lost her battle to leukemia in 2005.
The multi-platinum rapper recently spoke to Marc Lamont Hill about the incident during an appearance on HuffPost Live, where he reveals what he would’ve done differently in retrospect to the demonstration.
The Spelman thing, the only thing I feel I would’ve did different is kick somebody’s ass…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 of that opportunity for.
Details + watch Nelly’s full interview below…
Nelly goes on to address the protestors, and blames them for ruining his sister’s chances of surviving her illness.
“You [protesters] robbed me of a opportunity. Unfairly…
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…”
Woooow…. that’s deep. But oh so true. Those same protestors are probably somewhere ‘shaking it up’ in the club right now.
While I don’t condone violence, Nelly has every right to feel ‘some kinda way’ about the way the situation was handled.