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Birth Name :

Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones

Birth Date :

September 14, 1973

Birth Place :

Queens, New York, USA

Spouse :

Kelis (R&B singer, 8-Jan-05 - April 2009)

Claim to fame :

Album "Illmatic" (1994)


Nas is a son of jazz musician Olu Hara and postal service worker Fannie Ann Jones. He was born on September 14, 1973 and raised in the Queensbridge housing projects in New York City. He started playing trumpet at age four and began writing rhymes at age nine. From learning jazz music, he slowly switched his direction to Hip-Hop after a neighbor Willy "Ill Will" Graham introduced him to such genre.

His parent got divorce when he was just twelve years old and he was dropped out of school in the eighth grade. He traded classroom with rough life on the streets of Queensbridge and learned a lot of things from there. He even educated himself by reading books about other countries' cultures. His experience of flirting with danger on the streets combined with his dedication not to stop learning had helped him characterizing his rhymes.

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Nas Releasing New Album This Summer

April 28, 2015 04:51:06 GMT

A new album is coming. The hip-hop icon announced during his show at Vain Nightclub in Orlando over the weekend that he's readying a new full length which he planned to release this summer. "Right muthaf**kin' now, death to all snitches. Watch every n***a around you my n***as 'cause s**t is real out here. 2015, new album this summer," he told the crowd.

Wiz Khalifa Drops Official Remix of 'We Dem Boyz' Ft. Rick Ross, SchoolBoy Q and Nas

July 04, 2014 08:31:54 GMT

The official remix of 's "We Dem Boyz" has arrived online. The rapper is joined by , and for the new version of the track set to appear in his forthcoming album, "".

Nas Releases Trailer for Documentary 'Time Is Illmatic'

April 12, 2014 06:08:25 GMT

The first trailer for Nas' documentary "Time Is Illmatic" has just arrived online for viewing pleasure. The sneak peek is released just in time to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the rapper's debut album which propelled his name to stardom.

Nas' Baby Mama Claims He Owes $11,000 in Child Support

February 28, 2014 08:38:25 GMT

The mother of ' daughter reportedly has filed a court document, claiming that the rapper has not paid $11,000 in child support. Carmen Bryan called the rapper a "repeat criminal non supporter" in the document and accused him of intentionally ruining their daughter by not paying the college tuition and medical bills. In the document, Bryan also asked the rapper to be cited for contempt.

Nas Comments on Kendrick Lamar's 'Control' Verse

August 19, 2013 06:26:08 GMT

It's already been a week since shook up the hip-hop world with his verse on 's track "Control", but it continues to be a hot topic, especially among New York-based rap stars, due largely to K.Dot's claim that he is "the king of New York." While had turned to mocking Lamar on Instagram and the likes of and were quite harsh and hostile, seems to be more open-minded about the whole thing.

Timbaland Reveals Nas Track Featuring Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake

July 24, 2013 05:58:49 GMT

After working on the platinum-selling album "", record producer reveals his next potential hit will come by way of a track he produced for Ill Will Records founder . Timbaland got back some valuable support from Jay-Z who collaborates with Nas for his next album, considering they were formerly feuding.

Nas Fellowship Created by Harvard University in His Honor

July 17, 2013 00:00:59 GMT

The W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University and the Hip-Hop Archive announce a Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship to honor rapper . The program will assist students with personal projects that may include manuscripts, performance pieces, album work and exhibition preparation.

First Poster for 'Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug' Sees Bilbo Baggins Near the Lonely Mountain

June 10, 2013 07:11:53 GMT

Peter Jackson builds anticipation for his movie "" with the release of its first teaser poster. First revealed on Facebook, the image features Bilbo Baggins, played by , standing all by himself near the eerie entrance to the Lonely Mountain.

Kelly Clarkson Debuts 'Tie It Up' at CMA Music Festival

June 10, 2013 06:20:10 GMT

rocked the 2013 CMA Music Festival on Saturday, June 8. The 31-year-old singer performed her new single, "Tie It Up", for the first time at the event which was held at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee.

Video: Kendrick Lamar and Nas Perform at the 2013 Governors Ball

June 10, 2013 06:19:34 GMT

Day two of the three-day Governors Ball music festival in Randall Island, New York City got a double dose of rap music as top MCs and performed some of their biggest hits. In contrast to the rain-soaked opening day, Saturday (June 8) was a lot drier and sunnier, with the crowd mindless of the inches-high mud that they had to wade through just to watch rap superstars Lamar and Nas as well as other top acts in the line-up as , and ,

Kidnapped Concert Promoter Suing Nas for $10 Million

December 22, 2012 18:59:05 GMT

A concert promoter filed a lawsuit against rapper on Friday, December 19, asking for $10 million. Patrick Allocco claimed in his lawsuit that Nas' no-show at a concert in Angola had resulted in him being kidnapped and tortured a year ago.

Nas Brings Amy Winehouse Back to Life in 'Cherry Wine' Music Video

October 03, 2012 02:08:26 GMT

brings back to life in his latest music video for "Cherry Wine". The Brooklyn rapper is featured playing a bartender who falls into the seduction of a sexy lady. The late soulstress, meanwhile, is seen performing the hook of the song via a projection on a brick wall in the dimly lit bar.

Jay-Z, Kanye West, Nas, U2 and More Featured in 'NBA 2K13' Soundtrack

August 01, 2012 07:42:26 GMT

has convinced a number of various artists to let their songs be featured in "NBA 2K13". 's "Mercy" and "Amazing", ' "The World Is Yours" and 's "Elevation" are some of the tracks listed in the game's soundtrack.

Nas Gets Sixth No. 1 Album With 'Life Is Good'

July 26, 2012 03:59:13 GMT

makes it to the top of the Billboard 200 for a sixth time with his new record "". The album has sold 149,000 units and surpassed forecasts that it would finish its first week with 125,000 copies sold. He also debuts on the No. 1 spot in the R&B/Hip-Hop chart, his ninth so far.

Audio: Nas' New Song Featuring Amy Winehouse Surfaces

July 05, 2012 06:51:12 GMT

A new song from ' upcoming album "" has surfaced online. Titled "Cherry Wine", the track which premiered on BBC's Radio 1 on Tuesday, July 3 night features the late . The single was produced by Salaam Remi, who frequently collaborated with both artists.

Nas Relives Problems He Faced as a Father in 'Daughters' Music Video

May 28, 2012 05:48:59 GMT

is going personal with the music video for his latest single, "Daughters". Premiered on MTV Jams Sunday, May 27, the brand new clip takes a look at the "Hate Me Now" rapper's trials and tribulations of being a father to his daughter, Destiny Jones, from the day she was born until she becomes a teenager.

Nicki Minaj Cuddles Chris Brown, Kisses Nas in 'Right by My Side' Video

May 17, 2012 01:04:04 GMT

gets herself not just one, but two men, in a music video for her latest single "Right by My Side". plays the rich guy who showers her with lavish gifts, while portrays the romantic one who serenades her with his sweet lyrics.

John Travolta's First Accuser Hires Famed Lawyer Gloria Allred

May 16, 2012 19:06:44 GMT

The first accuser of 's alleged misconducts has hired a new lawyer. Referred to as John Doe Number One for anonymity, the accuser now teams up with famed attorney Gloria Allred who has taken sexual misconduct cases against A-list celebrities such as and .

2012 Rock the Bells Presents Nas and Missy Elliott

May 16, 2012 18:47:14 GMT

The 2012 line-up of Rock the Bells has been announced on Tuesday, May 15 during a unique press conference made by rapper Supernatural. In the list which he rapped are , , , , , and .

Ridley Scott on 'Prometheus' Rating: Essentially, It's Kinda R

March 29, 2012 06:44:55 GMT

"" has yet to get its rating from the MPAA, but director Ridley Scott has opened up about what rating grade he favors for the highly anticipated space thriller movie. In an interview for the latest issue of Empire magazine, the veteran moviemaker admitted that he actually wants the film to be rated R.

New Ad of 'Dallas' Reboot Recreates Shower Scene From Original Show

March 29, 2012 06:39:10 GMT

TNT promotes the upcoming "" reboot by taking on a shower scene from the original show. In a newly released ad, Patrick Duffy's Bobby Ewing recreates his iconic pose, which only appeared in a dream on the 1980s' series.

Nicki Minaj's 'Champion' Ft. Nas, Drake and Young Jeezy

March 29, 2012 06:18:44 GMT

Another new song from has hit the web ahead of "" album release. It features the female rapper celebrating her success of breaking into music scene with three male MCs , and .

Concert Promoter Kidnapped After Nas Missed New Year's Eve Gig

January 04, 2012 01:46:13 GMT

landed in hot water for failing to show up at a recent concert arranged to celebrate New Year's Eve in Angola. The American rapper's no-show reportedly caused a promoter for the gig, AllGood Entertainment CEO Patrick Allocco, to get kidnapped and held at gunpoint.

Amy Winehouse's Song 'Like Smoke' Ft. Nas Comes Out in Full

November 03, 2011 07:53:56 GMT

One of the songs from 's upcoming posthumous album "" has been unleashed. Titled "Like Smoke", the soulful ballad features "Nasty" rapper and comes from the production hand of top-notch music maker Salaam Remi.

Behind the Scene: Nas Returns to Neighborhood to Shoot 'Nasty' Video

August 30, 2011 06:32:31 GMT

gave a sneak peek to his new video, "Nasty", which brings him back to his neighborhood in Queens. A behind-the-scene video reveals how director Jason Goldwatch takes it to the street, in the back of a Rolls Royce as well as inside an apartment building where Nas, real name Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, grew up.

Nas Believes People Misunderstand Muammar Gaddafi

March 16, 2011 04:32:42 GMT

Rapper has risked sparking political controversy after airing his sympathy for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, insisting the dictator is "misunderstood". Gaddafi has become a figure of hatred after refusing to step down amid civil unrest, violent protests and calls for him to resign from power in the Middle Eastern nation, and many world leaders have imposed sanctions on Libya as a result, in a bid to force the tyrant to listen to his people, but he has found an unlikely ally in "I Can" hitmaker Nas.

Nas' Tax Debt Reaches a Total of $6 Million

January 26, 2011 06:39:03 GMT

Rapper ' financial difficulties appear to be spiraling out of control - he owes more than $6 million to U.S. tax officials, according to a new report. The "I Can" star's money woes began in October 2009, when he was first hit with a tax lien for $2.58 million by officials at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Judge Grants Nas' Request to Reduce Child Support Payment

January 08, 2011 03:06:28 GMT

A judge has granted ' request to have his child support payments to ex-wife reduced by half. The hip-hop supercouple split in April, 2009 after four years of marriage, with divorce papers filed just months before the singer gave birth to the pair's son Knight.

Nas to Serve Christmas Dinners to HIV/AIDS Victims

December 21, 2010 04:33:24 GMT

Rapper is helping to spread some festive cheer among families affected by the deadly HIV/AIDS virus this Christmas by serving up a holiday feast in New York. The "I Can" star will join HIV/AIDS activist Maria Davis and restaurateur Melba Wilson to provide food to over 250 people and their relatives at the Second Annual Christmas Dinner in Harlem on Wednesday, December 22.

Nas' Email Slamming Bosses at Def Jam Revealed

October 08, 2010 06:14:02 GMT

Rapper has fired off an angry email to label bosses at Def Jam, accusing them of treating him like a "slave" and disrespecting him by stalling the release of his forthcoming "Lost Tapes" album. The "I Can" hitmaker, real name Nasir Jones, proudly announced via his Twitter blog in September that he was preparing a sequel to his critically acclaimed 2002 disc "The Lost Tapes".

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