Nelly entered into
a long term agreement with apparel giant Reebok today (July 19), joining the company’s
Hip-Hop heavy line of celebrity endorsers. Under the terms
of the deal, Nelly will develop and market a line of footwear, apparel and accessories.
The rapper will
also be added to Reebok’s I Am What I Am” global ad campaign, the
company’s biggest advertising campaign in 10 years.
been into sneakers and throughout my career I’ve always wanted to have a signature
pair of sneakers that truly reflect my personal style," Nelly said. "It
made the most sense for me to partner with Reebok because they fully understand
and respect the culture of sports, music and entertainment."
Reebok’s Chief Marketing Officer said the deal with an artist of Nelly’s
caliber would elevate “the fusion of sports and music to a whole new level."
is Nelly an incredible artist, but his passion for music is equally matched
by his love of sports,” Baldwin said. “Nelly has a unique style
that transcends music and cultural genres with a broad consumer appeal that
speaks to who Reebok truly is as a brand."
The launch of Nelly’s
signature series of sneakers and clothing will be timed to coincide with the
2005 holiday season. Initially, the line will be available in specialty boutiques
only, with distribution increasing in 2006.
Other stars part
of the "I Am What I Am” campaign include Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Stevie Williams,
Allen Iverson, Curt Schilling, Donavan McNabb, Christina Ricci and others.
Nelly is currently on his first tour of Australia.