When you think of what the city of St. Louis has to offer musically, one name automatically comes to mind: Nelly. Born in Austin and raised in the Gateway City, he and his friends created a group called the St. Lunatics. Although successful locally, Nelly broke through as a solo act. His first hit, “Country Grammar (Hot…)” off his debut album Country Grammar, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 album chart in 2000. The pop-rapper brought a different sound to rap music and has been able to cross over into various genres of music throughout the 16 years since that breakout hit, and he’s had plenty more since. “Hot in Herre,” “E.I.,” “Over and Over” and “Ride Wit Me” are just some of the biggest. He brings his Midwest flavor to the State Fair of Texas this weekend.