• Not Quite Ludacris: Rapper Nelly Gets $650,000 to Perform in Erbil

    March 20, 2015

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    Rap star Nelly became the first American artist to perform live in Erbil, Kurdistan Iraq in the city’s 8,000 year history.

    Nelly and Motocross Rock Erbil

    Nelly’s March 13 performance occurred during Erbil’s annual Xoli Raperin soccer tournament. Although the stands weren’t jam-packed, the crowd of 15,000 seemed, according to reports, to enjoy the show as they waved their country’s the unofficial Kurdish flag in the air. The show was billed as an effort to raise funds for the peshmerga. Nelly sang all the hits, including “Dilemma”, “Hey Porsche”, and “Just A Dream.”

    Following Nelly’s encore, there was also a motocross show.



    Follow the Money

    That said, questions remain. It is unclear how any money could have been raised. One source claims Nelly received $650,000 for the show. An online booking agent says Nelly’s fee for an international concert ranges $500,000 and up.

    At $650k, each Kurdish spectator would have had to pay $44 to have the event break even.

    Given that the Kurds have not paid most government salaries since December, that seems unlikely. In addition, oil money promised by the central Iraqi government to the Kurds has been long delayed. A Baghdad spokesperson told Reuters the delay in what is meant to be a monthly transfer of over $1 billion in exchange for oil was due to a fiscal crisis rather than political factors. Cited were factors of poor fiscal management, the costly battle against Islamic State, and the sharp fall in oil prices, as reasons for the federal government’s cash shortfall. The Kurds have been battling a financial crisis of their own since Baghdad authorities cut budget payments in January 2014 as punishment for their attempts to export oil independently.



    Who Paid?

    So with that said, how did the Kurds raise the lucre for Nelly?

    Nelly’s visit was sponsored by the Rwanga Foundation, a non-profit whose stated mission is “to assist the most vulnerable people residing in Kurdistan.” The group’s website lists no sources of funding, and Internet resources could turn up no sources of funding.

    Wonder who paid? And why?





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  • Recent Comments

    • John Poole said...

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      Maybe he “donated” his services but discreetly. His career may have been looking for a PR boost and damned Peter if you didn’t get suckered into it.

      03/20/15 2:52 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      Well, you know me, anything I can do to help.

      03/20/15 2:54 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Ah ha! A Nelly fan.- that’s OK. Better than Meek Mill.

      03/20/15 3:34 PM | Comment Link

    • Lisa said...

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      Wow — a vulgar rapper being fronted by the Rwanga Foundation “to assist the most vulnerable people residing in Kurdistan.” Just HOW would Nelly’s performance accomplish this?

      Like you ask, “Who paid for those seats?” Further, WHY would Islamic people listen to this person, unless his degradation of women comports with their own?

      Dear gawd, I’d never thought of that before: “How are Islamic nations and the U.S. alike?” …

      Answer: “A strong disdain for the distaff half.”

      Nelly: Rapper who slid a credit card between the butt cheeks of a female dancer in his video.

      What does that say about how you view women?

      03/20/15 9:35 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Pretty vile guy so I suspect the males in the audience are his exact type. They need to demean and debase women to feel manly.

      03/20/15 9:40 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      “Nelly’s visit was sponsored by the Rwanga Foundation, a non-profit whose stated mission is “to assist the most vulnerable people residing in Kurdistan.” The group’s website lists no sources of funding, and Internet resources could turn up no sources of funding.”

      There was a list of sponsors — of Rwanga per se (no mention of the concernt) including 2 flags i couldnt quite identify with no company name (assuming its a company) and organizations such as UNICEF. It’s not to say these sponsors funded Nelly’s visit and they may not know.

      Given the way the Peshmerga is fighting, they might well qualify for “vulnerable people” status. It’s good people took time out for the war to relax and enjoy a concert. Don’t waste thoughts on refugees trapped on mountains or people starving in humanitarian camps. Nelly may get opportunities to make even more money, playing weddings in that neck of the woods. Could we borrow Nelly to send him to Syria, or Afghanistan or even Congress, next time they think of putting pen to paper to write Iran?

      03/20/15 10:31 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      quote”An online booking agent says Nelly’s fee for an international concert ranges $500,000 and up.”unquote

      Barnum must be rolling on the floor in raucous, gut splitting laughter.

      03/21/15 10:51 AM | Comment Link

    • Lisa said...

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      It’s good people took time out for the war to relax and enjoy a concert

      Yes, Kyzl, but …

      These are Muslim people, strict in their religious zeal. Do they really want to see Nelly slide his AmEx down a woman’s ass crack, to pay for services rendered?

      03/21/15 7:55 PM | Comment Link

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