Nelly at NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb March 9

DEKALB—After four years, big-time R&B rapper Nelly, along with his crew, are coming back to DeKalb. On Wednesday, March 9, the NIU Convocation Center will host the St. Lunatics starring Nelly, Murphy Lee, Ali & Kyjuan and other featured artists. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. for students and noon to the general public. For students with an NIU student ID, tickets are $32 (limit two) and general public tickets are $36.50 (limit eight). Tickets are available at the Convocation Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, and by calling (312) 559-1212, or

After hitting it big with his debut album, Country Grammar, in the summer of 2000, Cornell “Nelly” Haynes went from just being a kid from St. Louis, Mo., to one of the most successful rappers atop the Billboard 200 chart. From that album alone, 9 million copies were sold, and from then went on to produce many albums that continuously filter car stereos and get bodies in motion.

Along with climbing Billboard charts by rapping his hit singles, being a top-selling artist and owning his own label, Derrty Entertainment, Nelly earned two Grammy awards in 2002 for singles “Hot in Herre” and “Dilemma” and another in 2004 for his collaboration with Murphy Lee and P. Diddy for “Shake Ya Tailfeather.”

This year’s performance will surely be enhanced by new releases from Nelly’s two new albums, Sweat and Suit, accompanied by the hip performance the rest of the St. Lunatic crew brings to DeKalb, Ill.

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