Nas

Nas

Real Name:
Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones
Profile:
American rapper, songwriter and actor. He is the son of retired jazz musician Olu Dara. Nas is also the founder of the short-lived rap group, Bravehearts, which consists of Wiz (4), his cousin Nashawn and brother Jungle (2). He was married to singer Kelis Rogers in 2005 before they divorced in 2010.

Nasir Jones was born September 14, 1973 in Queens, New York, via the notoriously harsh Queensbridge Projects. Throughout his welfare-infested life, he became a drug-dealer on the streets to help his family save money and their apartment. In 1988, Nas dropped out of high school to focus on his future and was later kicked out of his mother's house. By 1993, he witness his brother, Jungle and his friend, Ill Will being shot. Ill Will was pronounced dead soon after, while Jungle was under critical condition.

In 1994, he and his ex-fiancee Carmen Bryant welcomed their [thus far] only child together, Destiny Hope Bryant (nee Jones).

That same year, he signed to Columbia Records and released one of the most acclaimed hip-hop albums of all time, "Illmatic". His following album, "It Was Written", released in 1996, became Nas' first album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200.

In 1999 between quarters, he released "I Am..." (which became the rapper's second #1 album) and "Nastradamus" (which had failed to garner quite the same praise).

During November 2001, he released "Stillmatic" to outbeat Ludacris' "Word of Mouf", Busta Rhymes' "Genesis" and Toni Braxton's "Snowflakes". The album hit #4 on the Billboard 200 and later went Platinum by the RIAA. The next year, months after the death of his mother, he released "God's Son" on the same day as Tyrese's "I Wanna Go There" and Common's "Electric Circus".

In 2004, Nas' seventh album, "Street's Disciple", which was a massive disappointment, peaked at #16 on the Billboard 200; later climbed to #2 behind Eminem's "Encore".

By 2006, the rapper left Columbia and signed with Def Jam Recordings through L.A. Reid and released "Hip Hop is Dead" that same year; the untitled album in 2008 and "Life is Good" in 2012. All three of these albums debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, making them Nas' third, fourth and fifth consecutive efforts to make the top spot, respectively.

In 2010, despite his divorce from Kelis and the birth of his son, Knight, he and Jamaican reggae singer, Damian Marley, both collaborated to release their album together (as a duo), called "Distant Relatives", released that May (nationwide) and July (internationally) for Universal Republic (now known as Republic Records). The album's attempt to make the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 was overshamed by Toni Braxton's "Pulse", Drake's "Thank Me Later", Reflection Eternal's "Revolutions per Minute" and Eminem's best-selling album of that year, "Recovery".

A lecturer and activist, he has created the Nasir Jones Education Foundation in 2013 to help fund children for better education and future. That same year, he reincarnated Mass Appeal Magazines and Webzines, along with Peter Bittenbender; Nas is the associate publisher of Mass Appeal and the creator of its YouTube short web-series, "Rhythm Roulette".

Along with ‎Adrian Moeller, Patrick Elasik and Noah Rubin, Nas is also the one out of all four co-founders of Mass Appeal Records, a spin-off record label of the publishing business.

Throughout his life and career, he has been involved in several feuds with DJ Quik (amid the East Coast-West Coast rivalry), Tupac Shakur, Suge Knight, Too Short, Cam'ron, 50 Cent, AZ, Foxy Brown, Lupe Fiasco, Nature (4), Cormega, Canibus, Nelly, Talib Kweli, and most notably, Jay-Z.

His body of work is some of the finest and most thoughtful lyricism in hip-hop's catalog. Even now, Nas manages to pull fans from both the crowd and the underground.
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Nas Discography

Albums

Nas Illmatic (Album) Columbia Europe 1994 Sell This Version
Nas It Was Written (Album) Columbia South Africa 1996 Sell This Version
Nas Nastradamus (Album) Columbia Bulgaria 1999 Sell This Version
Nas I Am... (Album) Columbia, Columbia, Columbia Canada 1999 Sell This Version
CAT 41870 Nas, Nature (4) Nas, Nature (4) - Excerpts From The Forthcoming Columbia Release I Am... / Excerpts From The Forthcoming Columbia Release For All Seasons(Cass, Mixed, Promo, Smplr) Columbia CAT 41870 US 1999 Sell This Version
Nas Stillmatic (Album) Columbia Europe 2001 Sell This Version
Nas God's Son (Album) Columbia, Columbia, Ill Will Records US 2002 Sell This Version
Nas And 9th Wonder Nas And 9th Wonder - 9th Wonder Remixes Vol. 2 (Album) Ill Will Records US 2004 Sell This Version
J.Period* Presents Nas J.Period* Presents Nas - Best Of Nas (Comp) Truelements Music US 2004 Sell This Version
Nas Street's Disciple (Album) Columbia UK 2004 Sell This Version
none Nas Street's Disciple Mixtape(CD, Mix) Not On Label (Nas) none US 2004 Sell This Version
Nas Hip Hop Is Dead (Album) Def Jam Recordings Australia 2006 Sell This Version
Nas Untitled (Album) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia US 2008 Sell This Version
none DJ Black Hell, Imam Thug & Sticky Fingaz & Big Noyd & Havoc & Roxanne Shanté & Onyx & Cormega & Tragedy Khadafi & Kool G Rap & E Moneybags & Nas & Nature & Craig G & Capone -N- Noreaga & Less Du 9 DJ Black Hell, Imam Thug & Sticky Fingaz & Big Noyd & Havoc & Roxanne Shanté & Onyx & Cormega & Tragedy Khadafi & Kool G Rap & E Moneybags & Nas & Nature & Craig G & Capone -N- Noreaga & Less Du 9 - Queensbridge Freestyle Massacre(CDr, Mixed, Promo) Not On Label none US 2009 Sell This Version
Nas & Damian Marley Nas & Damian Marley - Distant Relatives (Album) Ghetto Youths United, Def Jam Recordings, Universal Republic Records Poland 2010 Sell This Version
Nas Life Is Good (Album) Def Jam Recordings, The Jones Experience Japan 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Nasty Nas* Halftime (Single, Maxi) Ruffhouse Records, Columbia US 1992 Sell This Version
Nas One Love (Maxi, Single) Columbia US 1994 Sell This Version
Nas The World Is Yours (Single) Columbia Australia 1994 Sell This Version
Nas It Ain't Hard To Tell (Maxi, Single) Columbia Austria 1994 Sell This Version
CAS 6476 Nas Life's A Bitch(12", Promo) Columbia CAS 6476 US 1994 Sell This Version
ESK 7401 Kool G Rap Featuring Nas Escobar* Kool G Rap Featuring Nas Escobar* - Fast Life(CD, Single, Promo) Cold Chillin', Epic Street ESK 7401 US 1995 Sell This Version
Nas The Message (Single) Columbia France 1996 Sell This Version
Nas If I Ruled The World (Imagine That) (Maxi, Single) Columbia, Columbia US 1996 Sell This Version
NAS Street Dreams (Maxi, Single) Columbia UK 1996 Sell This Version