Nelly loves giving back to his hometown of St. Louis, especially when it comes to music. Yesterday, he visited his recording engineering and arts school, the "Ex'treme Institute By Nelly" and surprised students who had no idea he was coming.

The school offers education for students interested in being involved with music, whether on the music end or the business end. They offer two associate's degrees for those who attend.

"Unique is an understatement," said Nelly, talking about the Ex'treme Institute. This is groundbreaking, this is history. We were able to come up with something that historically that cannot be matched in this area right now. The only thing that can let us down right now is students not taking full advantage of the opportunity that's before them."