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

475959 2, COL 475959 2, 01-475959-10 Nas Illmatic (Album) Columbia 475959 2, COL 475959 2, 01-475959-10 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
SRCS 8063 Nas It Was Written (Album) Columbia SRCS 8063 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
495312 4 Nas Nastradamus (Album) Columbia 495312 4 Bulgaria 1999 Sell This Version
C2S 54844-S1, C 54847 Nas Apocalypse Nas: Prelude To... Stillmatic EP (Comp) Columbia, Columbia C2S 54844-S1, C 54847 US 1999 Sell This Version
CT 68773 Nas I Am... (Album) Columbia, Columbia, Columbia CT 68773 US 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, Promo, Smplr) Columbia CAT 41870 US 1999 Sell This Version
504176 1 Nas Stillmatic (Album) Columbia 504176 1 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
C2S 59076 Nas God's Son (Album) Columbia, Columbia, Ill Will Records C2S 59076 US 2002 Sell This Version
LB-004 Nas And 9th Wonder Nas And 9th Wonder - 9th Wonder Remixes Vol. 2 (Album) Ill Will Records LB-004 US 2004 Sell This Version
DJJCD008 J.Period* Presents Nas J.Period* Presents Nas - Best Of Nas (Comp) Truelements Music DJJCD008 US 2004 Sell This Version
SAMPCD 14487 2 Nas Street's Disciple (Album) Columbia SAMPCD 14487 2 UK 2004 Sell This Version
none Nas Street's Disciple Mixtape(CD) Not On Label (Nas) none US 2004 Sell This Version
1702829 Nas Hip Hop Is Dead (Album) Def Jam Recordings 1702829 Australia 2006 Sell This Version
D173717 Nas Untitled (Album) Def Jam Recordings, Columbia D173717 US 2008 Sell This Version
RBCS-3103 Nas Far East Project Nas Remix (Album, Comp) Striding, Rambling Records RBCS-3103 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
60252741181-86 Nas & Damian Marley Nas & Damian Marley - Distant Relatives (Album) Ghetto Youths United, Def Jam Recordings, Universal Republic Records 60252741181-86 Poland 2010 Sell This Version
UICD-6196 Nas Life Is Good (Album) Def Jam Recordings, The Jones Experience UICD-6196 Japan 2012 Sell This Version
none Nas Street Scriptures(CDr, Mixed) Not On Label none US 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

44T 74777 Nasty Nas* Halftime (Single, Maxi) Ruffhouse Records, Columbia 44T 74777 US 1992 Sell This Version
44K 77673 Nas One Love (Maxi, Single) Columbia 44K 77673 US 1994 Sell This Version
660610 2 Nas The World Is Yours (Single) Columbia 660610 2 Australia 1994 Sell This Version
660470 2 Nas It Ain't Hard To Tell (Maxi, Single) Columbia 660470 2 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
COL 664038 1 Nas The Message (Single) Columbia COL 664038 1 France 1996 Sell This Version