After it was reported earlier this week that US rapper Nelly owes over $2.4m (£1.8m) in federal taxes, his fans started a social media campaign to help pay off the debt by streaming his hit single ‘Hot In Herre’ repeatedly.
On The Late Show last night, Stephen Colbert also tried to lend a hand in his own way to the heavily indebted star.
Colbert performed a new version of Nelly’s most well-known hit, titled ‘Debt In Herre’ but with some sage financial advice thrown in.
“Not a little bit of back tax/ It’s a lotta bit of back tax,” Colbert rhymed. “He’s like/ Good Gracious, bill outrageous/ Audacious, lost all your paystubs.”
The Late Late Show’s James Corden also got in on the act by having a special button fitted on his desk that plays ‘Hot In Herre’ every time pushes it.
On Monday, TMZ reported that Nelly owes $149,511 (£113,000) in taxes to the state of Missouri in a separate debt that dates back to 2013, as well as his $2.4m federal debt.
In order to pay back the debt from streaming revenue, fans would need to stream Nelly tracks 280 million times, given that Spotify typically awards artists less a hundredth of a cent per play.
Produced by The Neptunes, ‘Hot In Herre’ was originally released in 2002 and peaked at Number One in the US and Number Four In the UK. Nelly performed the song with Haim and Taylor Swift during Swift’s gig in his hometown of St Louis last year (2015).