10/31/2014 09:10 am ET Updated Oct 31, 2014

Nelly Talks Ferguson And The Importance Of Meaningful Protest

As one of St. Louis' most recognizable celebrities, Nelly made a big splash by leading a march in Ferguson, Missouri, shortly after the Mike Brown saga rocked the area and the nation. In a HuffPost Live interview Thursday, Nelly preached that protestors, though not "unjust" in their feelings on the situation, need to think before rioting.

The upcoming indictment of Darren Wilson, the officer who gunned down Brown, or lack thereof could spark more wild tensions in Ferguson.

"My brother, I am worried," Nelly told host Marc Lamont Hill. "At the end of the day, you know that what could happen may not be the best thing to happen. But on the other hand, I understand why it's happening. That's the hardest thing. It's that tug-of-war with yourself."

Whether Wilson is indicted or not, Nelly hopes the citizens of Ferguson don't do anything too drastic.

"At the end of the day, that's our own neighborhood," he said. "What I would try to say is, let's think first. I would definitely say your feelings are not unjust. Because I feel you. I feel you so much. Again, it's a tug-of-war, because I don't know if we would be getting the attention if we weren't yelling so loud. You see what I'm saying? If we weren't yelling so loud, would people be coming down and paying attention to what's happening? I can't fault that neither. It's a tough thing to battle, man, but you just hope that we're learning from the situation and being able to move on from it."

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

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