PARENTING
10/30/2014 05:23 pm ET Updated Oct 30, 2014

What Nelly Tries To Remember About Raising Kids Today

These days, rapper Nelly has parenting issues like cyber-bullying on his mind.

The dad of four (two children are biological, two are his late sister's) joined HuffPost Live on Thursday to chat about his upcoming BET series, titled "Nellyville," but had a lot to say about what it's like to be a dad today.

"I think parenting these days is definitely different from when a lot of people grew up," he told host Marc Lamont Hill. "As much blame as we give a lot of our kids for what they're not doing ... I also try to give them as much credit for dealing with things that we didn't have to deal with. Bullying was one on one and face to face. Now it's all over the Internet. You think you had it bad when somebody put out a rumor on you in the school, think about somebody putting a rumor out about you on the Internet."

As his kids have grown up, the artist also said that the privilege, and the discrimination, that comes with being the child of a celebrity is something that weighs on him.

"It could something as small as just them voicing their opinion," he said. "Everybody voices their opinion and then when it stops at them, all of a sudden their opinion is coming because of who their father is. But I tell them that all the time, too. You can't just be Nelly when it works for you."

Catch the rest of the clip above, and watch the full HuffPost Live conversation here.

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