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Nelly has been proudly representing his hometown of St. Louis since he became famous, and he has been a calm presence and voice of reason since protests erupted a year ago in Ferguson.

Before his performance at The FrequencyRadio One‘s annual Urban artist showcase and music industry gathering The Blitz, Nelly spoke to EZ Street of WKYS/Washington, DC about how he’s helping give a voice to the people of Ferguson and St. Louis.

See Nelly’s interview in the video above on the red carpet at the 5th anniversary of The Blitz, which was also was the launch party for One X, Radio One’s new custom content studio for brands and their curators.

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