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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

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Nas: 'I'm Still Charged' 20 Years After 'Illmatic'
Two decades after Illmatic, Nas sat down with Microphone Check for a conversation that moved from his love for Ali Shaheed Muhammad's group, A Tribe Called Quest, to music journalism ("If you're Sade, it doesn't matter. She does what she does. But for ...

Nas Confirms Album In The Works: 'I Found It'
With all of the fanfare surrounding the 20th anniversary of Nas' Illmatic last week, you could almost forget that he still makes new music, too. Almost. But fear not: a new album is fully in the works, and Esco has been in with some super producers to ...

Interview: Boldy James on Connecting With Nas Through a Tweet (Video)
Rumors that Detroit rapper Boldy James has been signed to Nas's new Mass Appeal label have been swirling around for some time now. Boldy himself has yet to confirm the deal's existence, but we do know the two artists are familiar with one another.

Nas Teams With Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, No I.D. for New Album
Nas is in the midst of a well-deserved victory lap, celebrating the 20th anniversary of his iconic debut album, 1994's Illmatic. But the man born Nasir Jones is also looking ahead to his next album. In a recent interview with NPR, the Queensbridge ...