Nas Overview

Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones ( ; born September 14, 1973), who performs under the mononym mononymous person

 
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Nas was born Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York. Nas began writing rhymes at the age of nine. His neighbor, Willy "Ill Will" Graham, influenced Nas's interest in hip hop hip hop music by playing him records.As a teenager, Nas enlisted his best friend and upstairs neighbor Willy "Ill Will Graham" as his DJ. Nas first went by the nickname Kid Wave before adopting his more commonly known alias of Nasty Nas.

Signed to Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment label, The Firm began working on their debut album. Halfway through the production of the album, Cormega was fired from the group by Steve Stoute, who had unsuccessfully attempted to force Cormega to sign a deal with his management company. In addition to the firing of Cormega, Alex Trojano was featured as a start up producer in The Firm. Cormega subsequently became one of Nas' most vocal opponents and released a number of underground hip hop singles "dissing wikt:diss " Nas, Stoute, and Nature Nature (rapper) , who replaced Cormega as the fourth member of The Firm. In 1998, Nas co-wrote and starred in Hype Williams' 1998 feature film Belly Belly (film) ., and contained a sample sampling (music) from Nas "Made You Look,"


2007: Bill O'Reilly/Virginia Tech controversy and Greatest Hits


Nas performed at a free concert for the Virginia Tech Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University student body and faculty on September 6, 2007. Nas was joined by John Mayer, Alan Jackson, Phil Vassar, and Dave Matthews Band.

Nas' management worried that the album would not be sold by chain stores such as Wal-Mart, thus limiting its distribution.}}

"Hero Hero (Nas song) ", the lead single from the album, was released on June 6, 2008, featuring R&B singer Keri Hilson and produced by Polow da Don. In the US, "Hero" reached number 97 on the Billboard Hot 100 Billboard Hot 100 and number 87 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, and it peaked at number 39 on the Hot Canadian Digital Singles chart. It was also sampled for a Hustler production *** video Barely Legal 96 Released on July 15, 2008, Untitled Untitled Nas album is Nas' second album with Def Jam, in conjunction with his own imprint, The Jones Experience. It features production from Polow da Don, stic.man of Dead Prez, Sons of Light - Dustin Moore & J. Myers ,
On July 2, 2008, Fila Fila (Company) announced that Nas had signed a shoe deal, his second to date. Nas will promote the sneakers in magazines and wear them at concerts. Fila also plans on having Nas release a second sneaker with 1980s-oriented style during the 2008 holiday season.

Responding to Jesse Jackson's remarks and use of the word "nigger" on July 6, 2008 regarding President Barack Obama, Nas, in an interview with MTV News, said:


In an interview with MTV News in July 2008, Nas speculated that he might release two albums—one produced by DJ Premier and another by Dr. Dre—simultaneously the same day. Nas will also be featured Dr. Dre's long awaited upcoming album Detox Detox (Dr. Dre album) .

On July 16, 2008, Nas performed "Hero" with Keri Hilson on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Nas was also awarded 'Emcee of the Year' in the HipHopDX 2008 Awards for his latest solo effort, the quality of his appearances on other albums and was described as having "become an artist who thrives off of reinvention and going against the system." On March 4, 2009 the second annual Smirnoff Signature Mix Series released Nas "If I Ruled the World 09" (feat.) Marsha Ambrosius and Produced by the Sons of Light - Dustin Moore & J. Myers.

2009: Distant Relatives with Damian Marley

At the 2009 Grammy Awards 51st Grammy Awards , Nas confirmed that he was collaborating on an album with reggae musician Damian Marley which is expected to be released in Fall 2009, with a special edition expected to be available exclusively through Best Buy or Target Target Corporation . Nas said of the collaboration in an interview "I was a big fan of his father and of course all the children, all the offspring, and Damian, I kind of looked at Damian as a rap guy. His stuff is not really singing, or if he does, it comes off more hard, like on some street shit. I always liked how reggae and hip-hop have always been intertwined and always kind of pushed each other, I always liked the connection. I'd worked with people before from the reggae world but when I worked with Damian, the whole workout was perfect".Nas has been praised for his ability to create a "devastating match between lyrics and production" by journalist Peter Shapiro, as well as creating a "potent evocation of life on the street", and being compared to Rakim for his lyrical technique. However, Shapiro also notes that Nas has "regressed" ever since his debut album Illmatic. Kool Moe Dee notes that Nas has an "off-beat conversational flow" in his book There's a God on the Mic - he says: "before Nas, every MC focused on rhyming with a cadence that ultimately put the words that rhymed on beat with the snare drum. Nas created a style of rapping that was more conversational than ever before".

O.C. O.C. (rapper) of D.I.T.C. comments in the book How to Rap: “Nas did the song backwards [‘Rewind’]... that was a brilliant idea”. Also in How to Rap, 2Mex of The Visionaries describes Nas’s flow as “effervescent”, Rah Digga says Nas’s lyrics have “intricacy”, Bootie Brown of The Pharcyde explains that Nas doesn’t always have to make words rhyme as he is “charismatic”, and Nas is also described as having a “densely packed” flow, with compound rhymes that “run over from one beat into the next or even into another bar”.

Steve Huey of Allmusic described the lyrics in Illmatic as "highly literate" and "his raps superbly fluid regardless of the size of his vocabulary". Lyrically, Nas is perceived as "able to evoke the bleak reality of ghetto life without losing hope or forgetting the good times". Huey describes the Illmatic track "One Love" as "a detailed report to a close friend in prison about how allegiances within their group have shifted". Reviewing Nas's second album It Was Written, Leo Stanley of allmusic believed the rhymes to be not as complex as those in Illmatic but still "not only flow, but manage to tell coherent stories as well".In 2006, he was listed number five on MTV's "10 Greatest MCs of All Time" list. and Prefix magazine praised it as "the best hip-hop record ever made".In 1994, Nas' ex-fiancée Carmen Bryan gave birth to their daughter, Destiny. Bryan had allegedly had a ***ual relationship with Jay-Z and Allen Iverson after she and Nas had split up. Nas also briefly dated Mary J. Blige. On April 30, 2009, a spokesperson confirmed that Kelis filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.
Kelis gave birth to his 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' wishes.

According to attorneys for Kelis, Nas owes over $200,000 in child and spousal support as well as attorney's fees. In February of 2010, her attorneys filed a contempt motion against Nas due to the fact that he had not yet paid said fees. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges. If convicted of contempt he could face time in jail. His hearing is set for March 2010.;'Studio albums'
* Illmatic (1994)
* It Was Written (1996)
* I Am… I Am… (Nas album) (1999)
* Nastradamus (1999)
* Stillmatic (2001)
* God's Son (2002)
* Street's Disciple (2004)
* Hip Hop Is Dead (2006)
* Untitled Untitled Nas album (2008)

;'Collaboration albums'
* The Firm: The Album (with The Firm The Firm (group) )> (1997)
* QB's Finest Nas and Ill Will Records Present QB's Finest (with Various Artists)> (2000)
* Distant Relatives (with Damian Marley)> (2010)

;'Compilation albums'
* From Illmatic to Stillmatic: The Remixes (2002)
* The Lost Tapes (2002)
* Greatest Hits Greatest Hits (Nas album) (2007)
 

 

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