ST. LOUIS, Sept. 13 (UPI) — Nelly is facing a $2.4M IRS bill — and a $149,511 Missouri state tax tab — and fans are rallying behind the rapper to stream his music to raise funds.
Nelly was hit with the outstanding tax lien in August, on top of the amount he owed the state of Missouri in unpaid state taxes.
The bill is so big, the government could start seizing the rapper’s assets and property, according to TMZ.
Spin did the math and calculated that Nelly needs nearly 300,000 streams on Spotify to make a dent in the grand total. And that’s assuming that Spotify pays on the higher end of its per stream spectrum which ranges from $0.006 and $0.0084 per play.
Fans of the St. Louis-based musician have created a trending Twitter hashtag calling on other Nelly supporters to rally behind the man behind the band-aid by streaming his 2002 hit “Hot In Herre.”
The #HotInHerreStreamingParty has picked up momentum online with Nelly fans offering support and streaming tips.