The St. Louis rapper tells Billboard about setting up a scholarship fund with Brown's family.
Nelly may have been thousands of miles from his hometown of St. Louis this past weekend, but the city was at the forefront of his mind while playing the Uforia festival in Los Angeles.
During his show, he addressed the issues facing Ferguson since the shooting of teenager Michael Brown. After his set he told Billboard backstage it's his responsibility to make sure the rest of the country is aware of what's happening in Ferguson.
"That's part of my job," he says. "One of the things I can do is be other places and keeping the word out and keeping their minds on what we're doing. So I have to take advantage of that. It's my job to get out here and spread that word." He also spoke about the importance of keeping calm. "First of all, you gotta have a plan. You can’t just be reacting off anger and rage 'cause it doesn’t fix the long-term problem," he says.