Nas Nas
Hip-hop artist
Nas Nas
Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones, better known by his stage name Nas, is an American rapper, actor and songwriter. He is also the son of jazz musician Olu Dara. Nas has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums since 1994, four of which topped the Billboard charts upon release and has sold over thirteen-million records in the United States alone. Nas was also part of the hip-hop supergroup The Firm, which released one album under Dr. Dre's record label Aftermath.
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U.S. experts soften on DNA editing of human eggs, sperm, embryos
Yahoo News - 12 days
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Powerful gene editing tools may one day be used on human embryos, eggs and sperm to remove genes that cause inherited diseases, according to a report by U.S. scientists and ethicists released on Tuesday. The report from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the National Academy of Medicine said scientific advances make gene editing in human reproductive cells "a realistic possibility that deserves serious consideration.” The statement signals a softening in approach over the use of the technology known as CRISPR-Cas9 that has opened up new frontiers in genetic medicine because of its ability to modify genes quickly and efficiently. In December 2015, scientists and ethicists at an international meeting held at the NAS in Washington said it would be "irresponsible" to use gene editing technology in human embryos for therapeutic purposes, such as to correct genetic diseases, until safety and efficacy issues are resolved.
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We, Too, Sing America: 17 Songs That Reflect On Being Black In America
Huffington Post - 15 days
Music has always been a sacred outlet of expression for black Americans. From singers like Nina Simone to Marvin Gaye, music made by black artists can provide a unique perspective on the meaning of being black in America. Songs like Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” which bemoans racist lynchings in the South, and Lauryn Hill’s “Black Rage,” which captures the many sources of black frustrations, echo tales of injustice, despondency and rage. In fact, it was Simone who said that “an artist’s duty is to reflect the times.” And she certainly wasn’t alone in her pursuance of that mission. So in honor of the musicians that used their music to amplify the struggles of black Americans, we’ve compiled a list of 17 songs that sing truth to the black experience.  Billie Holiday — “Strange Fruit”  Sam Cooke — “A Change Is Gonna Come”  Curtis Mayfield — “Keep On Pushing”  Nina Simone — “Why? (The King Of Love Is Dead)” ...
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Nas Launches Black History Month Collection In Support Children's Development
Huffington Post - about 1 month
After the success of his ugly Christmas sweaters in support of prison reform, Nas is back for another good cause.  In honor of Black History Month, Nas is launching an exclusive collection featuring inspirational dashikis with “Black Don’t Crack” writing and “I’m Black And I’m Proud” graphic tees, sweatshirts, as well as Malcolm X-inspired hats by his clothing brand HSTRY. The special collection will also feature pro-black versions of classic cartoon characters Bart Simpson, Charlie Brown, and the Pink Panther. A portion of proceeds for the line will go to National Black Child Development Institute, which provides various resources to black children through “publications, advocacy and trainings related to early childhood care and education; health and wellness; literacy and family engagement,” according to the organization’s website. Prior to developing the line, Nas says he previously viewed Black History Month as a “slap in the face” to the black community. “I used to l ...
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Saudi carrier flynas signs deal for 80 Airbus planes
Yahoo News - about 1 month
Low-cost Saudi carrier flynas on Monday signed an $8.6-billion deal with European plane manufacturer Airbus to purchase 80 A320neo single-aisle jets. Flynas chairman Ayed al-Jeaid said at a ceremony in Riyadh that the deal includes an option for 40 more of the short to medium-haul planes, to cater for what airline executives described as a growing domestic market. Bander al-Mohanna, the chief executive of NAS Holding, of which flynas is a division, signed the agreement with Fouad Attar, Middle East director for France-based Airbus.
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Science Once Again Claims Marijuana Is Medicine In Landmark National Academy Of Sciences Report
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Today the National Academy of Sciences released a comprehensive review of research on marijuana and concluded that marijuana does indeed have medical value. The review concluded: "One of the therapeutic uses of cannabis and cannabinoids is to treat chronic pain in adults. The committee found evidence to support that patients who were treated with cannabis or cannabinoids were more likely to experience a significant reduction in pain symptoms. For adults with multiple sclerosis-related muscle spasms, there was substantial evidence that short-term use of certain "oral cannabinoids" - man-made, cannabinoid-based medications that are orally ingested - improved their reported symptoms. Furthermore, in adults with chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, there was conclusive evidence that certain oral cannabinoids were effective in preventing and treating those ailments." This is not the first time that the scientific community has made claims about marijuana as medicine. The ...
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Nas launches charitable Christmas sweater range
Yahoo News - 3 months
Rapper Nas is flexing his festive fashion design muscles with a new range of Christmas jumpers.
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The Usher Track From 'The Hamilton Mixtape' Is Finally Here
Huffington Post - 3 months
On certain blessed days, when the clock strikes midnight, “Hamilton” fans everywhere have been programmed to leap from their beds, reach for their Spotify-ready devices, and blast the latest track off “The Hamilton Mixtape.”  Today is one of those days. And the newly available songs off the much anticipated record come from none other than Usher, Nas and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda himself. So, the New Years Day Drop: Wait For It & Wrote My Way Out, roughly around Midnight Friday in YOUR TIME ZONE. WAIT FOR IT WAIT FOR IT WAIT — Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 17, 2016 I spit 16 on Wrote My Way Out, so I'm anxious for you to hear it. #HamiltonMixtape — Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 17, 2016 I know...I know. — Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 17, 2016 Miranda has been teasing “Mixtape” drops all month. Early on Nov. 17, he told fans they could expect two ...
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Nas eleições presidenciais dos EUA, empresas saem perdendo
Wall Street Journal - 4 months
Há quatro anos, os líderes empresariais torceram para que as eleições acabassem com o impasse que paralisou a formulação de políticas em Washington. Agora, muitos desses mesmos executivos veem um governo dividido, que mantenha esse impasse, como o cenário mais positivo para seus negócios.
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The Full Tracklist For 'The Hamilton Mixtape' Is Finally Here
Huffington Post - 4 months
Hello hello hello! Been working on a mixtape for years. It's finished. You can pre-order it TOMORROW.#HamiltonMixtape — Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 3, 2016 As Broadway hero Lin-Manuel Miranda stated in a tweet earlier today, he’s been working on “The Hamilton Mixtape” for years. And his fans ― probably, the ones who celebrated #Hamilween earlier this fall ― are past patiently waitin’ for the record to drop.  Thankfully, the man who brought America’s first Secretary of the Treasury to the stage has good news: You can preorder the damn thing starting Friday, Nov. 4. But you can gaze upon “The Hamilton Mixtape” full tracklist (finally!) now. But wait there's more! #HamiltonMixtape — Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 3, 2016 There are tons of names to geek out over: The Roots are there, of course. Busta Rhymes, Sia, John Legend, Chance the Rapper, Nas. Regina Spektor and ...
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Haitian Folk Music Meets Hip Hop On HiFadility's New Album 'Memoirs of a Traveling Soul'
Huffington Post - 4 months
"I couldn't expect that my dream would be designed, given or created for me. I had to learn to create my own path outside of expectations, assumptions, and prejudices." - Fadil Cantave Hailing from Boston with beats finer than your grandmother's China is the 28-year-old emerging artist, HiFadility, a cosmic composer and crafter of soulful sounds. Fadil Cantave, born of Bernadette and Alix Cantave, has been honing in on his gift of manipulating sound for 24 years. Both raised in Haiti, Fadil's parents share a diverse background of Haitian and Dominican as well as Arawak, an indigenous people from the Caribbean. "My parents introduced me to various types of music and believed that studying world cultures promoted a healthy, well-rounded life," Fadil reflects. "They were adamant about cultural education and commitment to values which had a great impact on me and my process of creativity." Cantave's new album Memoirs of a Traveling Soul fuses elements of Haitian folk music, afro ...
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Lupita Nyong'o Needs A Record Deal After Rapping Over This Nas Classic
Huffington Post - 5 months
Somebody call DJ Drama because it’s time for Lupita Nyong’o to get these bars off her chest. The “Queen of Katwe” actress introduced her Instagram followers to her alter ego, “Troublemaker,” when she posted a black and white video Sunday of her rhyming to the 1994 Nas classic “N.Y. State of Mind.” Nyong’o blesses us with a hot 16 while cruising in the backseat of a car ― like any boss would do, of course.  The actress runs down her many methods of slayage ― including her recent projects, her flawless beauty (and hair) and her humanitarianism ― in the lyrics written by Robyn Hood.  “Mexican-born, Kenya running through my veins/Dark chocolate, plus I keep a sharp mane/Lancome fresh face, looking tailor made/Disney on the books, so you know I stay paid.” And just like any good cypher, Nyong’o tells the haters to “please save it.” No doubt that she “made Nas proud.” Check out Troublemaker’s rhymes in the video below. Introducing my alter ego TROUBLEMAKE ...
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Defiant: The POWs Who Endured Vietnam's Most Infamous Prison
Huffington Post - 5 months
BLACK SEA AND AMERICAN FIREPOWER Even at 43,000 tons and nearly three football fields in length, the USS Ticonderoga rolled with the swells of the South China Sea. She had cruised the waters of the Pacific Ocean for more than twenty years now, surviving a 1945 kamikaze attack off Taiwan and steaming victoriously into Tokyo Bay six months later. In the summer of 1964, Ticonderoga had deployed to monitor a new conflict in Asia—one between Communist North Vietnam and the American-allied government in the South. Should the growing unrest finally draw America into war, she would respond with her force of more than fifty modern aircraft. The carrier's flight deck resembled the busiest of airports, as if the substantial traffic and activity at O'Hare or LaGuardia were compressed onto a 2-acre expanse of concrete surrounded by a 52-foot cliff. Idle planes sat chained mere feet away from the ship's narrow landing strip. In between aircraft recoveries, taxiing jets laden with fuel ...
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Hip-Hop Takes Center Stage In Sneakerhead Coming-Of-Age Film 'Kicks'
Huffington Post - 6 months
Almost every dimension of Justin Tipping’s full-length directorial debut, “Kicks,” embodies hip-hop. From the themes of inner-city sneaker culture and the perils of hyper-masculinity to the undeniable Bay Area-influenced soundtrack, the hip-hop thread runs throughout the film and helps tell the gritty story with surprising authenticity.  In “Kicks,” a young curly-haired teen’s pride takes the form of retro red and black Air Jordans, which he scrapes to buy from a neighborhood hustler. A day later, his prized possessions slip away when an envious thug and his goons jump him and snatch the shoes. The brutal beatdown sets teenage Brandon on a dangerous journey from one rough Bay Area neighborhood to another, all in hopes of getting back the shoes and self-respect he so badly desires. That scene encompasses several themes of the film ― the value of status symbols like shoes, for example ― all of which are displayed over a meticulously produced soundtrack that pulls from classic hip ...
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Every Episode of Marvel's Luke Cage Will Be Titled After A Gang Starr Song
Huffington Post - 7 months
Luke Cage and Chill? San Diego Comic Con just concluded this past Sunday and Marvel Comics seems to still be dominating post-con topics and conversations of the annual convention. After rave reviews of their popular Netflix series such as Jessica Jones and Daredevil, Marvel decided to keep their fans happy by introducing a standalone Luke Cage series starring Mike Colter. We saw Colter appear in a few episodes in last season's Jessica Jones and let's just say Marvel and Netflix are aware what their fans enjoy. The entrance to see the panel of Luke Cage at San Diego Comic Con was overwhelming crowded with fans waiting in anticipation to see the highly anticipated series that will also be introducing Simone Missick who will be playing Misty Knight. For those that aren't familiar, Misty Knight will be the first black female superhero to star in a TV series. Cheo Coker who is working on Luke Cage confirmed that every episode will be named after a Gang Starr song and that the show emb ...
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Rapper McKinley 'Mac' Phipps Re-Emerges In 'The Truth, The Way, And The Light'
Huffington Post - 9 months
NEW ORLEANS -- Hip-hop artist McKinley "Mac" Phipps, who rapped his way out of New Orleans' 3rd Ward and into a recording contract with famed music mogul Master P, is emerging from 16 years of dormancy with a new music video that showcases his talent and serves as an introduction to an upcoming documentary. Phipps, 38, has been behind bars since February 2000, when he was charged in the shooting of a 19-year-old man at a show just outside New Orleans, despite a lack of forensic evidence and another man's confession. Five prosecution witnesses have since told The Huffington Post that police and prosecutors bullied them into fingering the rapper. Thanks to dubbing, a double and camera tricks, Phipps' music returns in "The Truth, the Way and the Light." He sings: "I never sold crack, never murdered my own, but I'm the realest on this microphone." Filmmaker Michael Shahin of Invasion Pictures, who created the video with production assistant Claire Caufield, said the pur ...
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Google News - 9 months Analysis: Scientists agree GMOs are safe, but unlikely to convince skeptics quickly A protester holds a sign reading "Ban GMO" in the "March Against Monsanto" in Toronto, May 24, 2014. (Mark Blinch/Reuters). Listen 12:05. more stories from this episode. Analysis: Scientists agree GMOs are safe, but unlikely to convince skeptics ... Other View: 'Frankenfoods' They Aren'tTwin Falls Times-News Soy growers cheer release of NAS study on genetically modified cropsHigh Plains Journal Some answers — and more questions — about GMOsChicago Tribune Modern Readers -Santa Rosa Press Democrat -BABW News -Troy Daily News all 74 news articles »
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nas
  • 2016
    Age 42
    Nas was announced as one of the executive producers of the Netflix original series, The Get Down, prior to its release in August 2016.
    More Details Hide Details He also appeared on DJ Khaled's album Major Key, on a track simply titled "Nas Album Done", suggesting an upcoming album was not only completed, but also imminent. Nas has been praised for his ability to create a "devastating match between lyrics and production" by journalist Peter Shapiro, as well as creating a "potent evocation of life on the street", and he has even been compared to Rakim for his lyrical technique. In his book Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop (2009), writer Adam Bradley states, "Nas is perhaps contemporary rap's greatest innovator in storytelling.
  • 2015
    Age 41
    Nas was featured on the song "We Are" from Justin Bieber's fourth studio album, Purpose, released in November 2015.
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    In 2015, Nas was also named on Billboard's list of "The 10 Best Rappers of All Time."
    More Details Hide Details Nas is a spokesperson and mentor for P'Tones Records, a non-profit after school music program with the mission "to create constructive opportunities for urban youth through no-cost music programs."
    In June 2015, Nas expanded his business portfolio when he joined forces with New York City soul food restaurant Sweet Chick.
    More Details Hide Details He plans to expand the restaurant brand nationally. He owns his own clothing line called HSTRY. In 2014, ranked him first on their list of the "50 Greatest MCs of All Time".
  • 2014
    Age 40
    In May 2014 Nas partnered with job placement startup Koru to fund a scholarship for 10 college graduates to go through Koru's training program.
    More Details Hide Details Nas also will be joining the startup as a guest coach. Nas is a co-owner of a Cloud-based service known as LANDR. Warner Music Group, Nas and the Plus Eight Equity Fund (which is backed by Pete Tong, Richie Hawtin, Tiga and John Acquaviva) are among the participants in a $6.2 million funding round. LANDR is an automated, drag-and-drop digital audio postproduction tool. Landr automates "mastering", the final stage in audio production before music gets sent out to the world.
    In 2014, Nas invested as part of a $2.8M round in viral video startup ViralGains another addition to Queens-bridge venture partners portfolio.
    More Details Hide Details Nas also has a partnership with Hennessy and has been working with their "Wild Rabbit" campaign.
    On April 16, 2014, on the 20th anniversary of Illmatic, the documentary Nas: Time Is Illmatic was premiered which recounted circumstances leading up to Nas's debut album.
    More Details Hide Details It was reported on September 10 that Nas has finished his last album with Def Jam. On October 30, Nas released a song which may be the first single, titled "The Season", produced by J Dilla. Nas has also collaborated with the Australian hip-hop group, Bliss N Eso, in 2014. They released the track "I Am Somebody" in May, 2014.
  • 2013
    Age 39
    In September 2013, he invested in a technology startup company, a job search appmaker called Proven.
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    In June 2013, he also announced on Twitter that he was opening his own sneaker store, signalling his entrance into the retail industry.
    More Details Hide Details He inked a deal with the company Fila back in 2008, serving as one of its main spokespersons. Nas has also struck a business partner with the annual Rock The Bells music festival and a deal with the online retail company
    On April 10, 2013, Nas ventured into the business of magazine publishing.
    More Details Hide Details As a businessman and investor, he invested an undisclosed six figure sum into Mass Appeal Magazine, where he will serve as the publication's associate publisher. On the Mass Appeal deal, he will be joined by creative firm Decon and White Owl Capital Partners, an early stage investment firm with business interests in technology, media and energy located in North America, Europe and China.
    In 2013, Nas was ranked fourth on MTV's "Hottest MCs in the Game" list.
    More Details Hide Details His debut Illmatic is widely considered among the greatest hip hop albums of all time.
    In October 2013, Nas confirmed that a rumored song "Sinatra in the Sands" featuring JAY-Z, Justin Timberlake, and Timbaland would be featured on the album.
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    In October 2013, DJ Premier said that his collaboration album with Nas, would be released following his twelfth studio album.
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    In January 2013 Nas announced he had begun working on his twelfth studio album, which will be his final album for Def Jam.
    More Details Hide Details The album will be released during 2015.
    Life is Good would be nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
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  • 2011
    Age 37
    In 2011, Nas announced that he would release collaboration albums with Mobb Deep, Common, and a third with DJ Premier.
    More Details Hide Details Common said of the project in a 2011 interview, "At some point, we will do that. We'd talked about it and we had a good idea to call it Nas.Com. That was actually going to be a mixtape at one point. But we decided that we should make it an album."
  • 2009
    Age 35
    In September 2009 the U.S. Internal Revenue Service filed a federal tax lien against Nas for over $2.5 million, seeking unpaid taxes dating back to 2006.
    More Details Hide Details By early 2011 this figure had ballooned to over $6.4 million. Early in 2012 reports emerged that the IRS had filed papers in Georgia to garnish a portion of Nas's earnings from material published under BMI and ASCAP, until his delinquent tax bill is settled. In May 2013, it was announced that Nas will open a sneaker store in Las Vegas called 12AM RUN (Midnight Run) as part of The LINQ retail development. In July 2013, he was honored by Harvard University, as the institution established the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship, which will serve to fund scholars and artists who show potential and creativity in the arts in connection to hip hop. In an October 2014 episode of PBS's Finding Your Roots programme, Nas learned about five generations of his ancestry. His great-great-great-grandmother, Pocahontas Little, was a slave who was sold for $830. When host Henry Louis Gates showed Nas her bill of sale and told him more about the man who bought her, Nas remarked that he is considering buying the land where he lived. Nas is also shown the marriage certificate of his great-great-great-grandmother, Pocahontas and great-great-great-grandfather, Calvin.
    Kelis gave birth to Nas's first son on July 21, 2009, although the event was soured by a disagreement which ended in Nas announcing the birth of his son, Knight, at a gig in Queens, NY, against Kelis's wishes. The birth was also announced by Nas via an online video. The couple's divorce was finalized on May 21, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details In January 2012 Nas was involved in a dispute with a concert promoter in Angola, having accepted $300,000 for a concert in Luanda, Angola's capital for New Year's Eve and then not showing up. The promoter and his son were detained by the angry Angolan promoter at gunpoint and taken to an Angolan jail. Only after the US Embassy intervened were the promoter and his son allowed to leave jail—but were placed under house arrest at their hotel. As of the end of the month Nas returned all $300,000 and after 49 days of travel ban the promoter Patrick Allocco and his son have both been released. On March 15, 2012, Nas became the first rapper to have a personal verified account on Rap Genius where he explains all his own lyrics and commenting on the lyrics of other rappers he admires.
    During Fall 2009 Nas used his live band Mulatto with music director Dustin Moore for concerts in Europe and Australia.
    More Details Hide Details After announcing a possible release in 2010, a follow-up compilation to The Lost Tapes (2002) was delayed indefinitely due to issues between him and Def Jam. His eleventh studio album, Life Is Good (2012) was produced primarily by Salaam Remi and No I.D, and released on July 13, 2012. Nas called the album a "magic moment" in his rap career.
    At the 2009 Grammy Awards, Nas confirmed he was collaborating on an album with reggae musician Damian Marley which was expected to be released in Fall 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Nas said of the collaboration in an interview "I was a big fan of his father and of course all the children, all the offspring, and Damian, I kind of looked at Damian as a rap guy. His stuff is not really singing, or if he does, it comes off more hard, like on some street shit. I always liked how reggae and hip-hop have always been intertwined and always kind of pushed each other, I always liked the connection. I'd worked with people before from the reggae world but when I worked with Damian, the whole workout was perfect". A portion of the profit is planned to go towards building a school in Africa. He went on to say that it was "too early to tell the title or anything like that". The Los Angeles Times reported that the album would be titled Distant Relatives. Nas also revealed that he will begin working on his tenth studio album following the release of Distant Relatives.
  • 2008
    Age 34
    On July 23, 2008, Nas appeared on The Colbert Report to discuss his opinion of O'Reilly and Fox News, which he accused of bias against the African-American community and re-challenged O'Reilly to a debate.
    More Details Hide Details During the appearance, Nas sat on boxes of more than 625,000 signatures gathered by online advocacy organization Color of Change in support of a petition accusing Fox of race-baiting and fear-mongering.
  • 2007
    Age 33
    On October 12, 2007, Nas announced that his next album would be called Nigger.
    More Details Hide Details Both progressive commentators, such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, and the conservative news station Fox News were outraged; Jackson called on entertainers to stop using the epithet after comedian Michael Richards used it onstage in late 2006. Controversy escalated as the album's impending release date drew nearer, going as far as to spark rumors that Def Jam was planning to drop Nas unless he changed the title. Additionally, Fort Greene, Brooklyn assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries requested New York's Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli to withdraw $84 million from the state pension fund that has been invested into Universal and its parent company, Vivendi, if the album's title was not changed. On the opposite side of the spectrum, many of the most famous names in the entertainment industry expressed a sense of trust in Nas for using the racial epithet as the title of his full-length LP. Nas's management worried that the album would not be sold by chain stores such as Wal-Mart, thus limiting its distribution.
    On September 6, 2007, during his set at "A Concert for Virginia Tech", Nas twice referred to Bill O'Reilly as "a chump", prompting loud cheers by members of the crowd.
    More Details Hide Details About two weeks later, Nas was interviewed by Shaheem Reid of MTV News, where he criticized O'Reilly, calling him uncivilized and willing to go to extremes for publicity. Responding to O'Reilly, Nas, in an interview with MTV News, said:
    During his Talking Points Memo segment for August 15, 2007, an argument erupted in which O'Reilly claimed that it was not only Nas's lyrical content that made him inappropriate for the event, citing the gun conviction on Nas's criminal record.
    More Details Hide Details In the midst of his debate with author Bakari Kitwana (The Hip Hop Generation), who defended Nas, claiming that Fox News had "cherry picked" select fragments of the songs to make their case, O'Reilly shouted, "Even in his personal life, man, he's got a conviction for weapons, all right? He's got a weapons conviction, sir! On his sheet! This is a school that had a mass murderer with a shotgun gunning down people—this guy has got a conviction for weapons, and you say he's appropriate? Come on!" O'Reilly repeated the claim another five times before cutting the segment short.
    On September 6, 2007, Nas performed at a free concert for the Virginia Tech student body and faculty, following the school shooting there.
    More Details Hide Details He was joined by John Mayer, Alan Jackson, Phil Vassar, and Dave Matthews Band. When announced that Nas was to perform, political commentator Bill O'Reilly and Fox News Channel denounced the concert and called for Nas's removal, citing "violent" lyrics on songs such as "Shoot 'Em Up", "Got Urself a Gun", and "Made You Look".
  • 2006
    Age 32
    He signed Nas in January 2006.
    More Details Hide Details The signing included an agreement that Nas was to be paid about 3 million dollars, including a recording budget, for each of his first two albums with Def Jam. Tentatively called Hip Hop Is Dead The N, Hip Hop Is Dead was a commentary on the state of hip hop and featured "Black Republican", a hyped collaboration with Jay-Z. The album debuted on Def Jam and Nas new imprint at that label, The Jones Experience, at number one on the Billboard 200 charts, selling 355,000 copies—Nas's third number one album, along with It Was Written and I Am. It also inspired reactions about the state of hip hop, particularly controversy with Southern hip hop artists who felt the album's title was a criticism at them. Nas's 2004 song "Thief's Theme" was featured in the 2006 film The Departed. Nas's former label, Columbia Records, released the compilation Greatest Hits in November.
  • 2005
    Age 31
    Nas also briefly dated Mary J. Blige. In 2005, Nas married R&B singer Kelis in Atlanta after a two-year relationship. On April 30, 2009, a spokesperson confirmed that Kelis filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.
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    In 2005, New York-based rapper 50 Cent dissed Nas on the song "Piggy Bank", which brought his reputation into question in hip hop circles.
    More Details Hide Details In October, Nas made a surprise appearance at Jay-Z's highly publicized I Declare War concert, where they reconciled their beef. At the show, Jay-Z announced to the crowd, "It's bigger than 'I Declare War'. Let's go, Esco!". Nas then joined him onstage, and the two performed Jay-Z's "Dead Presidents" (1996) together, a song that featured a prominent sample of Nas's "The World Is Yours" (1994). The reconciliation created the opportunity for Nas to sign a deal with Def Jam Recordings, of which Jay-Z was president at the time.
  • 2004
    Age 30
    Nas released his seventh studio album Street's Disciple, a sprawling double album, on November 30, 2004.
    More Details Hide Details It addressed subject matter both political and personal, including his impending marriage to recording artist Kelis. The double-sided single "Thief's Theme"/"You Know My Style" was released months before the album's release, followed by the single "Bridging the Gap" upon the album's release. Although Street's Disciple went platinum, it served as a dropoff from Nas's previous commercial successes.
  • 2003
    Age 29
    In 2003, Nas was featured on the Korn song "Play Me", from Korn's Take a Look in the Mirror LP.
    More Details Hide Details Also in 2003, a live performance in New York City, featuring Ludacris, Jadakiss, and Darryl McDaniels (of Run-D.M.C. fame), was released on DVD as Made You Look: God's Son Live. God's Son was critical in the power struggle between Nas and Jay-Z in hip hop at the time. In an article at the time, Joseph Jones of PopMatters stated, "Whether you like it or not, 'Ether' did this. With God's Son, Nas has the opportunity to cement his status as the King of N.Y., at least for another 3–4-year term, or he could prove that he is not the savior that hip-hop fans should be pinning their hopes on." After the album's release, he began helping The Bravehearts, made up of his younger brother Jungle and friend Wiz (Wizard), put together their debut album, Bravehearted. The album features guest appearances from Nas, Nashawn (Millennium Thug), Lil Jon, and Jully Black.
  • 2002
    Age 28
    God's Son also includes several songs dedicated to memory of Nas's mother, who died of cancer in April 2002, including "Dance".
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    In December 2002, Nas released the God's Son album including its lead single, "Made You Look" which utilized a pitched down sample of the Incredible Bongo Band's "Apache".
    More Details Hide Details The album peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts despite widespread internet bootlegging. Time Magazine named his album best hip-hop album of the year. Vibe gave it four stars and The Source gave it four mics. The second single, "I Can", which reworked elements from Beethoven's "Für Elise", became Nas's biggest hit to date during the spring and summer of 2003, garnering substantial radio airplay on urban, rhythmic, and top 40 radio stations, as well as on the MTV and VH1 music video networks.
    In 2002, in the midst of the feud between the two New York rappers, Eminem cited both Nas and Jay-Z as being two of the best MCs in the industry, in his song 'Till I Collapse.
    More Details Hide Details Both the feud and Stillmatic signalled an artistic comeback for Nas after a string of inconsistent albums. The Lost Tapes, a compilation of previously unreleased or bootlegged songs from 1997 to 2001, was released by Columbia in September 2002. The collection attained respectable sales and received rave reviews from critics.
  • 2001
    Age 27
    The song was included on Nas's fifth studio album, Stillmatic, released in December 2001.
    More Details Hide Details His daughter, Destiny, is listed as an executive producer on Stillmatic so she can always receive royalty checks from the album. Stillmatic peaked at number five on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and featured the singles "Got Ur Self A" and "One Mic". In response to "Ether", Jay-Z released the song "Supa Ugly", which Hot 97 radio host Angie Martinez premiered on December 11, 2001. In the song, Jay-Z explicitly boasts about having an affair with Nas's girlfriend, Carmen Bryan. New York City hip-hop radio station Hot 97 issued a poll asking listeners which rapper made the better diss song; Nas won with 58% while Jay-Z got 42% of the votes.
    After trading subliminal criticisms on various songs, freestyles and mixtape appearances, the highly publicized feud between Nas and Jay-Z became widely known to the public in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Jay-Z, in his song "Takeover", criticized Nas by calling him "fake" and his career "lame". Nas responded with "Ether", in which he compared Jay-Z to such characters as J.J. Evans from the sitcom Good Times and cigarette company mascot Joe Camel.
  • 2000
    Age 26
    In 2000, Nas & Ill Will Records Presents QB's Finest, which is popularly known as simply QB's Finest, was released on Nas's Ill Will Records.
    More Details Hide Details QB's Finest is a compilation album that featured Nas and a number of other rappers from Queensbridge projects, including Mobb Deep, Nature, Capone, the Bravehearts, Tragedy Khadafi, Millennium Thug and Cormega, who had briefly reconciled with Nas. The album also featured guest appearances from Queensbridge hip-hop legends Roxanne Shanté, MC Shan, and Marley Marl. Shan and Marley Marl both appeared on the lead single "Da Bridge 2001", which was based on Shan & Marl's 1986 recording "The Bridge". Fans and critics feared that Nas's career was declining, artistically and commercially, as both I Am and Nastradamus were criticized as inconsistent.
  • 1999
    Age 25
    Columbia had scheduled to release the infringed material from I Am under the title Nastradamus during the later half of 1999, but, at the last minute, Nas decided to record an entire new album for the 1999 release of Nastradamus.
    More Details Hide Details Nastradamus was therefore rushed to meet a November release date. Though critics were not kind to the album, it did result in a minor hit, "You Owe Me".
    The Autobiography was completed in early 1999, and a music video was shot for its lead single, "Nas Is Like".
    More Details Hide Details It was produced by DJ Premier and contained vocal samples from "It Ain't Hard to Tell". Music critic M.F. DiBella noticed that Nas also covered "politics, the state of hip-hop, Y2K, race, and religion with his own unique perspective" in the album besides autobiographical lyrics. Much of the LP was leaked into MP3 format onto the Internet and Nas and Stoute quickly recorded enough substitute material to constitute a single-disc release. The second single on I Am was "Hate Me Now", featuring Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs, which was used as an example by Nas's critics of him moving towards commercial themes. The video featured Nas and Combs being crucified in a manner similar to Jesus; after the video was completed, Combs requested his crucifixion scene be edited out of the video. However, the unedited copy of the "Hate Me Now" video made its way to MTV. Within minutes of the broadcast, Combs and his bodyguards allegedly made their way into Steve Stoute's office and assaulted him, at one point apparently hitting Stoute over the head with a champagne bottle. Stoute pressed charges, but he and Combs settled out-of-court that June.
  • 1998
    Age 24
    In 1998, Nas co-wrote and starred in Hype Williams's 1998 feature film Belly.
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    In late 1998, Nas began work on a double album, to be entitled I Am...
    More Details Hide Details The Autobiography; he intended it as the middle ground between Illmatic and It Was Written, with each track detailing a part of his life.
  • 1997
    Age 23
    Nas, Foxy Brown, AZ, and Nature Present The Firm: The Album was finally released in 1997 to mixed reviews.
    More Details Hide Details The album failed to live up to its expected sales, despite being certified platinum, and the members of the group disbanded to go their separate ways. During this period, Nas was one of four rappers (the others being B-Real, KRS-One and RBX) in the hip hop super-group Group Therapy, who appeared on the song "East Coast/West Coast Killas" from Dr. Dre Presents the Aftermath.
  • 1995
    Age 21
    In 1995, Nas did guest performances on the albums Doe or Die by AZ, The Infamous by Mobb Deep, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx by Raekwon and 4,5,6 by Kool G Rap.
    More Details Hide Details Nas also parted ways with manager MC Serch, enlisted Steve Stoute, and began preparation for his second LP, It Was Written, consciously working towards a crossover-oriented sound. It Was Written, chiefly produced by Tone and Poke of Trackmasters, was released during the summer of 1996. Two singles, "If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)" (featuring Lauryn Hill of The Fugees) and "Street Dreams", including a remix with R. Kelly were instant hits. These songs were promoted by big-budget music videos directed by Hype Williams, making Nas a common name among mainstream hip-hop. It Was Written featured the debut of The Firm, a super group consisting of Nas, AZ, Foxy Brown, and Cormega. The album also expanded on Nas's Escobar persona, who lived more of a Scarface/Casino-esque lifestyle. On the other hand, Illmatic, which, while having numerous references to Scarface protagonist Tony Montana, was more about his life growing up in the projects.
  • 1994
    Age 20
    On June 15, 1994, Nas's ex-fiancée Carmen Bryan gave birth to their daughter, Destiny Bryan later confessed to Nas that she had a relationship with his then-rival rapper and nemesis Jay-Z, also accusing Jay-Z of putting subliminal messages in his lyrics about their relationship together, causing an even bigger rift in the feud between the two hit rap music giants.
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    In 1994, Nas also recorded the song "One on One" for the soundtrack to the film Street Fighter.
    More Details Hide Details In his book To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic, William Jelani Cobb writes of Nas's impact at the time: Steve Huey of AllMusic described Nas's lyrics on Illmatic as "highly literate" and his raps "superbly fluid regardless of the size of his vocabulary", adding that Nas is "able to evoke the bleak reality of ghetto life without losing hope or forgetting the good times". Reviewing Nas's second album It Was Written, Leo Stanley of allmusic believed the rhymes to be not as complex as those in Illmatic but still "not only flow, but manage to tell coherent stories as well". ranked Illmatic as the greatest hip hop album of all time, and Prefix magazine praised it as "the best hip-hop record ever made". Columbia Records began to press Nas to work towards more commercial topics, such as that of The Notorious B.I.G., who had become successful by releasing street singles that still retained pop-friendly appeal.
    In 1994, Nas's debut album, Illmatic, was finally released.
    More Details Hide Details It was awarded best album of 1994 by The Source. It also featured production from Large Professor, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, L.E.S. and DJ Premier, as well as guest appearances from Nas's friend AZ and his father Olu Dara. The album spawned several singles, including "The World Is Yours", "It Ain't Hard to Tell", and "One Love". Shaheem Reid of MTV News called Illmatic "the first classic LP" of 1994.
  • 1992
    Age 18
    In mid-1992, Nas was approached by MC Serch of 3rd Bass, who became his manager and secured Nas a record deal with Columbia Records the same year.
    More Details Hide Details Nas made his solo debut under the name of "Nasty Nas" on the single "Halftime" from Serch's soundtrack for the film Zebrahead. Called the new Rakim, his rhyming skills attracted a significant amount of attention within the hip-hop community.
  • 1991
    Age 17
    In 1991, Nas performed on Main Source's "Live at the Barbeque".
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  • 1985
    Age 11
    His parents divorced in 1985, and he dropped out of school after the eighth grade.
    More Details Hide Details He educated himself about African culture through the Five Percent Nation and the Nuwaubian Nation. In his early years, he played the trumpet and began writing his own rhymes. As a teenager, Nas enlisted his best friend and upstairs neighbor Willy "Ill Will" Graham as his DJ. Nas initially went by the nickname Kid Wave before adopting his more commonly known alias of Nasty Nas. In the late 1980s, he met up with the producer Large Professor and went to the studio where Rakim and Kool G Rap were recording their albums. When they were not in the studio, Nas would go into the booth and record his own material. However, none of it was ever released.
  • 1973
    Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones was born September 14, 1973, in Brooklyn, New York.
    More Details Hide Details His father, Olu Dara (born Charles Jones III), is a jazz and blues musician, from Mississippi. His mother, Fannie Ann (Little) Jones, was a Postal Service worker from North Carolina. He has one sibling, a brother named Jabari Fret who is best known as "Jungle", a member of the hip hop group Bravehearts. His father took his name "Olu Dara" from the Yoruba people. His African DNA indicates he has roots in countries with high Yoruba populations Nigeria, Benin, Togo and Ghana - as well as Mali, the Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Congo, and Senegal. His matrilineal DNA haplogroup is of African origin, found among the Yoruba and Fulbe populations in Western Africa. He also found that his Y-DNA traces directly back to Scandinavia, through which he is a descendant of the Vikings. As a young child, Nas and his family relocated to the Queensbridge Houses in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens. His neighbor, Willy "Ill Will" Graham, influenced Nas's interest in hip hop by playing him records.
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