Nas Nas

Hip-hop artist Nas Nas

Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known mononymously as Nas, is an American rapper and actor. He is the son of jazz musician Olu Dara. Since 1994, Nas has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums and sold over 13 million records in the United States alone. Aside from rapping, Nas is also an occasional actor. His musical career began in 1991 when he was featured on Main Source's track "Live at the Barbeque".
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Nas Honors Legends Of Black Music In Open Letter For Black History Month
Huffington Post - 13 days
"I was raised to understand that every month was Black History Month."
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What’s on TV Friday: Nas and ‘Strike Back’
NYTimes - 19 days
Nas performs “Illmatic” with the National Symphony Orchestra. And a new cyberpunk series comes to Netflix.
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Nas' 'Illmatic' Gets A New Sound When Performed With National Symphony Orchestra
NPR - 22 days
Nas' 1994 Illmatic is considered by many critics to be one of the greatest hip-hop albums ever — offering a raw and eloquent look at life in NYC's Queensbridge Projects. Now, more than 10 years later, Nas performed the album in an entirely different setting, with the National Symphony Orchestra backing him.
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Jay Z Thanks Rappers Who Inspire Him, Says Black People Are 'Magic'
Huffington Post - 8 months
Jay Z went on a rare tweetstorm Thursday night to thank damn near everybody in the hip-hop game and their mama, and to proclaim that black people are “magic.” Presumably off the high of being the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame that evening, Hov took time to thank many of the artists who’ve inspired him throughout the years. In a series of tweets (with some hilarious commentary in between), Jigga Man gave a shoutout to nearly a hundred artists, including hip-hop icons, past collaborators, those he’s had beef with and newer artists. “Thank you to all the people that have inspired me,” Jay Z started, before firing off names including Biggie, Tupac, Chuck D, Lauryn Hill, Nas, Andre 3000, Lil Wayne, Redman, Big Daddy Kane, Drake, Future, Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, Tee Grizzley and too many other people to name.  At one point during his shoutouts, the hip-hop mogul ― who only has 262 tweets since starting his account in 2008 ― promised th...
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Night Out: An Evening With Nas Means Caribbean Food and Heavy Beats
NYTimes - 9 months
The rapper is back in New York, and his long-awaited album is almost done. “Two weeks,” he said. “I always say I’m two weeks away from finishing.”
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Jennifer Hudson Pays Tribute To Whitney Houston After Clive Davis Doc Opens Tribeca
Huffington Post - 10 months
The Tribeca Film Festival knows how to nail a kickoff. By the time the crowd was exiting Radio City Music Hall after the world premiere of the documentary “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives” on Wednesday night, Jennifer Hudson had paid tribute to Leonard Cohen and Whitney Houston, Carly Simon had sung “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and Aretha Franklin had one-upped everyone in an enveloping white gown that sparkled all the way to the rafters. Tribeca often opens its annual festival with a glittery entertainment-industry showcase. In 2014, the Nas doc “Time Is Illmatic” led into a full performance of “Illmatic” from Nas himself. In 2015, Ludacris took the stage after the “Saturday Night Live” documentary, because why not? Last year’s premiere of the Met Gala doc “The Last Monday in May” skipped the musical finale, but Tribeca more than made up for it this year, parading out Barry Manilow, Dionne Warwick and Earth, Wind & Fire, as well as the aforementioned acts, for an hourlong co...
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52 LOL-Worthy Tweets From The Funniest Celebrity Dads On Twitter
Huffington Post - 11 months
Sometimes as a parent, you just gotta laugh so you don’t have a total breakdown. And these funny celebrity dads make finding the humor in exhaustion, frustration and repetition a lot easier. Read on to laugh at the joy and the pain of parenting along with these comedians, actors and the rest of the funniest dads in the public eye. 1. Michael Ian Black The comedian, actor and director is known for starring in cult classics like “The State” and “Wet Hot American Summer.” He’s the author of eight children’s books and has two now-teenage kids: daughter Ruth and son Elijah. Going to my kids' spring concert which I guess is karmic punishment for some atrocity I committed in a past life. — Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) May 14, 2015 Watching "Frozen" again with my daughter because we paid $19.99 to download it so she's going to fucking watch it every day until college. — Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) March 9, 2014 I'm going to ...
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How Tech Entrepreneur Tristan Walker Is Reshaping The Skincare Industry
Huffington Post - 12 months
Over three years since Bevel launched, its consumers are “as diverse as one can ask for,” according to founder and CEO, Tristan Walker. Operated under Walker’s parent company of health-and-beauty brands, Walker & Company, last year Bevel debuted on the shelves of Target and added distribution via Amazon. Consisting of a range of shaving products and signature trimmer, the popular subscription shave system is marketed as a solution for men who suffer from skin-irritation problems. While Walker started the company to provide shaving tools for the kind of bumps and irritation that are more prevalent among black men, Walker tells HuffPost that since expanding Bevel to retail customers he has noticed more diversity amongst its clientele, which now includes women. “We’re noticing there are different people who purchase our products offline than online,” Walker said during an interview with The Huffington Post. “I’ve mentioned in the past, a lot of folks think Bevel is just sh...
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U.S. experts soften on DNA editing of human eggs, sperm, embryos
Yahoo News - about 1 year
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 - about 1 year
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 year
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 ...
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Saudi carrier flynas signs deal for 80 Airbus planes
Yahoo News - about 1 year
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 year
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. Th...
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Nas launches charitable Christmas sweater range
Yahoo News - about 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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. https://t.co/ql6s2RaeXM — 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 tw...
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Timeline
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    FORTIES
  • 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.
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  • 2015
    Age 41
    Nas was featured on the song "We Are" from Justin Bieber's fourth studio album, Purpose, released in November 2015.
    In 2015, Nas was also named on Billboard's list of "The 10 Best Rappers of All Time."
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    In June 2015, Nas expanded his business portfolio when he joined forces with New York City soul food restaurant Sweet Chick.
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  • 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.
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    In 2014, Nas invested as part of a $2.8M round in viral video startup ViralGains another addition to Queens-bridge venture partners portfolio.
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    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2013
    Age 39
    In September 2013, he invested in a technology startup company, a job search appmaker called Proven.
    In June 2013, he also announced on Twitter that he was opening his own sneaker store, signalling his entrance into the retail industry.
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    On April 10, 2013, Nas ventured into the business of magazine publishing.
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    In 2013, Nas was ranked fourth on MTV's "Hottest MCs in the Game" list.
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    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.
    In October 2013, DJ Premier said that his collaboration album with Nas, would be released following his twelfth studio album.
    In January 2013 Nas announced he had begun working on his twelfth studio album, which will be his final album for Def Jam.
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    Life is Good would be nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
  • 2011
    Age 37
    In 2011, Nas announced that he would release collaboration albums with Mobb Deep, Common, and a third with DJ Premier.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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    During Fall 2009 Nas used his live band Mulatto with music director Dustin Moore for concerts in Europe and Australia.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 2007
    Age 33
    On October 12, 2007, Nas announced that his next album would be called Nigger.
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    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.
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    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.
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    On September 6, 2007, Nas performed at a free concert for the Virginia Tech student body and faculty, following the school shooting there.
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  • 2006
    Age 32
    He signed Nas in January 2006.
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  • 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.
    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.
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  • 2004
    Age 30
    Nas released his seventh studio album Street's Disciple, a sprawling double album, on November 30, 2004.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2003
    Age 29
    In 2003, Nas was featured on the Korn song "Play Me", from Korn's Take a Look in the Mirror LP.
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  • 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".
    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".
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    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.
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  • 2001
    Age 27
    The song was included on Nas's fifth studio album, Stillmatic, released in December 2001.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    The Autobiography was completed in early 1999, and a music video was shot for its lead single, "Nas Is Like".
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  • 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...
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  • 1997
    Age 23
    Nas, Foxy Brown, AZ, and Nature Present The Firm: The Album was finally released in 1997 to mixed reviews.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
    In 1994, Nas also recorded the song "One on One" for the soundtrack to the film Street Fighter.
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    In 1994, Nas's debut album, Illmatic, was finally released.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 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.
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  • 1991
    Age 17
    In 1991, Nas performed on Main Source's "Live at the Barbeque".
  • 1985
    Age 11
    His parents divorced in 1985, and he dropped out of school after the eighth grade.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1973
    Born
    Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones was born September 14, 1973, in Brooklyn, New York.
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