As well as his music credentials, he has dabbled in business as an investor and entrepreneur, as well as brief stints on-screen as an actor.
Nelly first burst onto the music scene in 1993 with his group, St Lunatics, but his career notched up a level six years later when he signed to Universal Records.
The 34-year-old star sat down with talk show host Meredith Vieira (airing tomorrow) to discuss two big things have affected her life recently—dealing with a longtime stalker and breaking up with fellow hip-hop performer Nelly."We were talking in the beginning of the show all you've been going through with this man, this stalker," Vieira began.
"The way you've handled it to me is very impressive.
According to the RIAA rankings, Nelly is the fourth-best selling rap artist in American history.
The statistics place him as selling 21 million albums in the US.
I have a mouth on me, if I say something a little crazy I don't know what's going to happen after that so just be strong and keep your composure," she says.
"At the same time, again, I am very feisty so if things aren't going the right way I have something stay.""It's having that kind of fortitude I think that helps you in those kind of situations," Meredith added.
Nelly's lawyer Scott Rosenblum told TMZ: "It does not surprise me that she wanted to have her story publicized.The r&b singer stopped by New York radio station Hot 97 this week to talk about her new album, Braveheart, but the conversation quickly turned to her ex, Nelly. Asked if the two had reconciled, Ashanti quickly answered, “Negative,” then proceeded to explain their relationship status. And there were things that were said and things that were done that probably shouldn’t have been said or done, but they have been,” the singer explained, stopping short of going into detail about what those things said and done were. Intermittently, clips of a man (presumably Jay Z) and a woman engaged in kissing are spliced in until the woman stabs the man in the back (get it? The clip also shows Jay entering into a confessional ready to reveal his sins to an awaiting ‘Yonce. Ashanti may have taken a step back from the music scene for a while, but the R&B diva has definitely had her hands full.