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ou­ble Grammy award­win­ning rap­per Nelly says Iggy Aza­lea shouldn’t be wor­ried about the haters be­cause “at least she’s be­ing talked about’’.

The Come Ride with Me singer, who touched down in Aus­tralia last month and headed straight to Martin Place to pay trib­ute to the Syd­ney siege vic­tims, says the Mul­lumbim­byraised singer should take no no­tice of un­favourable com­ments by artists in­clud­ing Snoop Dog, Eminem and Aza­lea Banks.

He reck­ons Iggy should in­stead rel­ish the fact peo­ple are talk­ing about her.

“Iggy’s my girl and Em (Eminem) is a great artist,” he says.

“Lis­ten, if you are big enough that Eminem is talk­ing about you ... he is men­tion­ing your name.

“She (Iggy) has al­ways been cool with Nelly. I was there when she was get­ting started and start­ing her record­ings and stuff.”

The US artist was in the coun­try for just two days ahead of his tour fea­tur­ing Lupe Fi­asco and B.o.B, who he is col­lab­o­rat­ing with to cre­ate the ul­ti­mate hip hop con­cert.

Nelly jet­ted back to the States for Christ­mas but has re­turned to our shores for the tour, which kicks off to­day.

He says Aus­tralians could ex­pect a lot more artists to make their way Down Un­der if it wasn’t for one thing.

“It is a long freak­ing flight, that is the only rea­son ev­ery­one doesn’t come here. If it wasn’t for that, per­form­ers would be here in abun­dance.’’

When Nelly, Lupe Fi­asco and B.o. B take to the stage at Bris­bane this week­end, the Coun­try Gram­mar singer says to ex­pect “noth­ing less than what they have been get­ting’’.

“A lot of fun, a lot of en­ergy. As much en­ergy as the crowd brings, you give that back,” he says. Nelly, Lupe and B.o.B, Bris­bane River­stage, Satur­day night.

Amer­i­can rap­per Nelly is in Bris­bane this week­end.

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