Nelly Responds To St. Lunatics’ Ali Claims That He Abandoned The Group

Nelly and The St. Lunatics during 2004 Celebrity Pool Tournament at Slate in New York
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Nelly is denying claims that he abandoned his group, St. Lunatics.

We previously reported St. Lunatics member Ali took to Instagram to accuse Nelly of signing a solo record deal and abandoning the collective. In the Instagram post, Ali claims when Nelly got signed to Universal, Nelly’s manager told Ali that Nelly doesn’t need him anymore to help him write. Ali said, “So you need me to get you here , but now that you’re here ….”I don’t need you anymore “!! ‘I said ok, i’ll stay here and I won’t help him write!!’”

Nelly is straight up denying these claims. “There’s three people in this group that’s been a lunatic since day one: Nelly, Kyjuan, and City [Spud],” said Nelly. “We all went to school together. Alright? Cool. When we first started the Lunatics, Ali was not in this group. Stop me when I’m lying.”

“When they said the Lunatics was doing all the legwork and talent shows and all of that, that was us. He didn’t do that,” Nelly continued. “When we was going around town making a name for ourselves, doing the car wash, performing at the talent shows at [colleges], that was us, that wasn’t Ali. Ali did not perform with us. Either he thought he was too good or he didn’t perform with us. Either way, he did not perform with us. Just factuals. Actual factuals.”

Nelly said that the group continued to build their brand and when Jive Records hosted a showcase where the Lunatics performed, according to Nelly, Ali didn’t perform with them but with another artist “that worked at the barbershop.” Jive liked what the Lunatics had to offer and told the group that the label wanted to hear more music from them.

You can hear the rest of Nelly’s story below.