The group was initially launched in St. Louis, Missouri back in 1993. The canonized lineup is Nelly, Ali, Murphy Lee, City Spud, and Kyjuan. 

While the St. Lunatics had success with the track “Gimme What U Got” in the late ‘90s, they didn’t release a full-length studio album until after Nelly released his then-ubiquitous Country Grammar LP. Free City, the title of which is a reference to City Spud (who was in jail at the time), was released in the summer of 2001 and opened at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Shortly after its release, the Universal Records-backed project was certified platinum by the RIAA.