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Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, more commonly known as Nas (formerly Nasty Nas and Escobar), born September 14, 1973 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York, is a prominent American MC. The son of jazz musician Olu Dara, he was raised in the infamous Queensbridge housing projects in Queensbridge, New York. According to the Nasty Songfacts, as a teenager rapper, Nasir first went by the nickname Kid Wave before adopting his more commonly known alias of Nasty Nas. By the time he released his landmark solo debut album Illmatic in 1994, Jones was known as Nas. Read more about Nas on Last.fm.

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Coachella 2014: Nas Celebrates 'Illmatic' 20th Anniversary with Lauryn Hill ...
Legendary hip-hop artist Nas celebrated the 20th anniversary of his debut album, "Illmatic," at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival on Saturday (April 19) with a memorable second-week set featuring cameos by Lauryn Hill and Damian Marley.

Happy Anniversary, Illmatic: 20 Surprising Facts About Nas' Debut
It's stunning to think that Nas' debut album, Illmatic, was released 20 years ago. Not only is Nasty himself still a relevant and revered MC, but the body of work is universally viewed as a classic, still influencing rappers and fans to this day. It's ...

With the debut of 'Time Is Illmatic,' Nas' New York hip-hop classic gets the ...
To further prove his music's potency, Nas performed the entire album right after the film unspooled. At 40, he reinhabited a work that he recorded exactly half a lifetime ago. The movie itself plays again Friday and April 25 at the AMC Loews Village 7 ...

Record Release Rundown: The Latest From Ingrid Michaelson, Nas, Jason ...
This week Aimee Mann and Ted Leo join forces as The Both, Ingrid Michaelson delivers her most pop-driven album to date, Nas repackages his signature work, Jason Derulo offers up his fourth collection of dance and pop-flavored R&B, the Afghan Whigs ...