The Rapper Who Likes Bowling

Nelly just wants to have a really good time--and entertain millions

SOME PEOPLE CARRY THE WEIGHT OF the world. Others carry rolling papers and a bowling ball with an airbrushed painting of Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Nelly, the multiplatinum hip-hop star whose songbook can be fairly divided into two categories--songs about parties and songs about parties in which people get naked--is a bowling-ball kind of guy. Actually, he's a two-bowling-ball kind of guy. On a recent stay in New Mexico, where he was shooting scenes for an Adam Sandler remake of The Longest Yard, Nelly took along a strike ball, a spare ball, customized shoes, a wrist brace and a...

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