On October 11, law enforcement officials pulled over Nelly’s tour bus and found heroin, more than 10 pounds of marijuana, and a load .45 caliber handgun.

An employee on the bus, Brian Keith Jones, was arrested, and Nelly released a statement claiming he had nothing to do with the matter.

In an interview with MTV News, Nelly gave his thoughts on the matter. “I think it’s always alarming. I think in this case it’s really alarming when you find yourself in a situation that you didn’t put yourself in,” he told MTV News on Tuesday (October 23). “That’s the only thing that I think is baffling, and I think that’s the part that hurts the most.”

“You work so hard to achieve certain things, and it’s not the consequence that hurts you the most, [it’s] the perception,” explained Nelly.

The St. Louis rapper elaborated on what he meant with regards to his public perception. “For 14 years, I made my perception what I wanted to make my perception and now my perception may be slightly changed,” he said. “Not because of what I did, but because of what someone else did and I think that’s the part that hurts you the most.”

Watch the interview below:

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