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Sep 14, 2016 4:46 PM

Nelly fans trying to play his songs 288 million times to get him out of debt

Hip hop artist Nelly is $2 million in debt - but his fans are coming to his rescue by streaming his hits on Spotify.

The "Hot in Herre" singer, whose biggest single was released back in 2002, has been issued a federal tax lein for over $2 million as well as owing almost $150,000 in state taxes.

Fans, inspired by a tongue-in-cheek article from Spin Magazine, have decided to help Nelly overcome his money issues by constantly playing his music - specifically "Hot in Herre" - on the juggernaut free streaming service, according to USA Today.

Twitter has been bombarded with tweets of support, while the hashtags #Nelly and #FreeNelly have become popular.

Spotify recently revealed that artists may receive between $0.006 and $0.0084 per song play and this amount is usually split between the musicians and their labels.

Conservatively, Nelly would have to be played at least 287,176,547 times for him to be debt-free.

So put your earbuds in and help a struggling rapper out.

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