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Grammy-Nominated Rapper, Songwriter & Record Producer

Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, popularly known as Nas (formerly Nasty Nas and Escobar), son of renowned jazz musician Olu Dara, Nas was immersed in music from a young age. However, it was his experiences in the notorious Queensbridge housing projects in Queensbridge, New York, that would shape his perspective and influence his artistry profoundly.

During his teenage years, Nasir initially adopted the moniker "Kid Wave" before transitioning to the more recognizable alias of "Nasty Nas." This evolution marked the beginning of his journey into the world of hip-hop. However, it wasn't until the release of his groundbreaking solo debut album, "Illmatic," in 1994, that Nas cemented his status as a seminal figure in the genre.

In 2005, Nas tied the knot with R&B singer Kelis, with whom he shares a son. However, their marriage ultimately ended in divorce in 2009, attracting significant media attention. Despite personal challenges, Nas continued to make waves in the music industry.

Following the monumental success of "Illmatic," Nas ventured into a more commercially driven direction, which brought him wider recognition but also drew criticism from some quarters of the hip-hop community. Accusations of "selling out" plagued Nas as he navigated the complexities of balancing commercial success with artistic integrity.

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Nas Talks New Album, Clothing Line and More | News | BET
Earlier in the year, Nas teased the announcement of his 12th album title but never followed through because the timing wasn't right, he now explains. "I got a  ...
Nas Announces Hip-Hop Fellowship at Harvard | Music News ...
When Henry Louis Gates emailed Nas to ask him to lend his name to a new fellowship at Harvard's Hiphop Archive, the rapper replied yes in a nanosecond.

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