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Nas

Nas in 1999. Photography by Daniel Hastings.
Origin Long Island City, Queens, New York City, New York
Years active 1991 – present
Genre(s) East Coast hip hop
Alternative hip hop
Label(s) Columbia Records (1994-2005)
Def Jam Recordings (2005- )

Nas (born Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones on September 14, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York) is a prominent African-American rapper. He was raised in the infamous Queensbridge housing projects in Long Island City. Nas has gone by various aliases, including Nasty Nas, Nas Escobar (after Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar), God's Son, and Nastradamus (after Nostradamus). Nas has also developed various backronyms for his name, including Not All Surrender and Niggaz Against Society. Image File history File linksMetadata Nas-pagedisplay. ... Long Island City, New York, often abbreviated L.I.C., is an area in the borough of Queens in New York City. ... Queens Borough in New York City, in yellow Queens is the largest in area and second most populous of the five boroughs of New York City. ... Nickname: The Big Apple Official website: City of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area Total 468. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 27th 141,205 km² 455 km 530 km 13. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... East Coast hip hop (sometimes also referred to as New York hip hop) is a style of hip hop music that originated in New York City during the late-1970s. ... Alternative hip hop or Underground rap is a style of hip hop music distinguished by beats, samples, and lyrics that differ from the general template of popular commercial hip hop. ... Hip hop music (also referred to as rap or rap music) is a style of popular music. ... A record label is a brand created by companies that specialize in producing, manufacturing, distributing and promoting audio and sometimes video recordings (especially music videos), on various formats including compact discs, LPs, DVD-Audio, SACDs, and cassettes. ... Columbia Records is the oldest continually used brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888. ... Def Jam Recordings is an American based hip-hop record label that operates as a part of The Island Def Jam Music Group, which is owned by Universal Music Group. ... September 14 is the 257th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (258th in leap years). ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1973 calendar). ... Main article: New York City A map of New York City, highlighting Brooklyn. ... Nickname: The Big Apple Official website: City of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area Total 468. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 27th 141,205 km² 455 km 530 km 13. ... An African American (also Afro-American or Black American, or black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... Rapping is one of the elements of hip hop and the distinguishing feature of hip hop music; it is a form of rhyming lyrics spoken rhythmically over musical instruments, with a musical backdrop of sampling, scratching and mixing by DJs. ... Queensbridge Houses is the largest public housing development in the United States. ... Long Island City, New York, often abbreviated L.I.C., is an area in the borough of Queens in New York City. ... A wanted poster of Escobar Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria (December 1, 1949 – December 2, 1993) gained world infamy as a Colombian drug lord who became one of the richest men in the world by smuggling cocaine into the United States and other countries around the world. ... Nostradamus (December 14, 1503 – July 2, 1566), born Michel de Nostredame, is one of the worlds most famous authors of prophecies. ... A backronym or bacronym is a reverse acronym, that is, the words of the expanded term were chosen to fit the letters of the acronym. ...


The son of jazz trumpeter Olu Dara, Nas is best known for his 1994 debut LP Illmatic, widely considered one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. This album established Nas as one of hip-hop's most celebrated lyricists, introducing his signature poetic style. In the years following the release of Illmatic, Nas pursued a more commercial direction, which resulted in wider success but decreased artistic credibility among critics and hip-hop purists. Furthermore, Nas' increased commercial success was accompanied by stylistic changes that fostered accusations of "selling out". Nevertheless, the LP Stillmatic is often credited for restoring Nas' credibility among fans. Since the success of Stillmatic, Nas continues to maintain a high profile within the hip hop community, and has pursued a decidedly progressive and personal aesthetic. While Nas' current artistic direction differs greatly from his most successful work, it has ensured that he remains one of the most respected and acclaimed contemporary rappers. Jazz is an original American musical art form originating around the early 1920s in New Orleans, rooted in Western music technique and theory, and is marked by the profound cultural contributions of African Americans. ... Olu Dara, born Charles Jones III in Louisville, Mississippi in 1941, is an American trumpeter, cornetist, guitarist and singer. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... Illmatic is the debut hip hop album by Nas, released on April 19, 1994 (see 1994 in music) on Columbia Records. ... A lyricist is an author of song lyrics. ... Selling out is a common slang phrase. ... Stillmatic is a hip hop album by Nas. ... Alternative hip hop or Underground rap is a style of hip hop music distinguished by beats, samples, and lyrics that differ from the general template of popular commercial hip hop. ...

Contents


Biography

1973–1992: Childhood and early career

Nas is the elder of Olu Dara and Fannie Ann Jones' two children; his brother Jabari (nicknamed "Jungle" because he was born in the Congo) is the younger of the two. The family lived for a time in Brooklyn, before moving to Queensbridge, the largest public housing project in the United States. Olu Dara left the household in 1986, when Nas was 13, and Ann Jones raised her two boys on her own. Nas dropped out of school in the eighth grade[1] and began selling drugs on the streets of New York. He educated himself, reading about African culture and civilization, the Qur'an, the Bible and the Five Percent Nation. He also studied the origin of hip hop music, taping records that played on his local radio station. As a child, Nas had wanted to be an instrumentalist (at the age of three, Nas played his father's trumpet on the step of their Brooklyn home) and also a comic book artist. Shortly after his parents separated, Nas began to write short stories as he immersed himself deeper into hip-hop culture. Olu Dara, born Charles Jones III in Louisville, Mississippi in 1941, is an American trumpeter, cornetist, guitarist and singer. ... Main article: New York City A map of New York City, highlighting Brooklyn. ... Queensbridge Houses is the largest public housing development in the United States. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Qurān (Arabic: recitation) from Syriac qeryānā lectionary, also transliterated as Quran, Koran, and less commonly as Alcoran, is the holy book of Islam. ... The Bible (Hebrew: תנ״ך tanakh, Greek: η Βίβλος hē biblos) (sometimes The Holy Bible, The Book, Word of God, The Word Scripture, Scripture), from Greek (τα) βίβλια, (ta) biblia, (the) books, is the name used by Jews and Christians for their (differing but overlapping) canons of sacred texts. ... The Nation of Gods and Earths, commonly known as the Five Percent Nation or the Five Percenters are an African-American social/religious movement founded in Harlem in the late 1960s by Clarence 13X. Spawned from a combination of teachings of by Malcom X and The Nation of Islam, the... Hip hop music (also referred to as rap or rap music) is a style of popular music. ...


By his preteen years, he had settled on pursuing a career as a rapper, and as a teenager enlisted his best friend and upstairs neighbor Willie "Ill Will" Graham as his DJ. Nas first went by the nickname Kid Wave before adopting his more commonly known alias of Nasty Nas. Nas and Graham soon met hip-hop producer and Queensbridge resident Large Professor, who introduced Nas to his group, Main Source. In 1991, Nas made his on-record debut with a verse on "Live at the Barbeque", from Main Source's LP Breaking Atoms. Despite the substantial buzz for Nas in the underground scene, the rapper was rejected by major labels and was not signed to a recording deal. Nas and Graham continued to work together, but their partnership was cut short when Graham was shot and killed by a gunman in Queensbridge on May 23, 1992. Queensbridge Houses is the largest public housing development in the United States. ... Large Professor (born March 21, 1972), is an African-American hip hop record producer. ... Main Source is a New York hip-hop group comprised of Sir Scratch, K-Cut, and Large Professor. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... May 23 is the 143rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (144th in leap years). ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...


1992–1995: The recording and release of Illmatic

Nas's landmark debut, Illmatic, had a profound influence on East Coast hip hop during the mid-1990s
Nas's landmark debut, Illmatic, had a profound influence on East Coast hip hop during the mid-1990s

In mid-1992, Nas was approached by MC Serch of 3rd Bass, who became his manager and secured Nas a record deal with Columbia Records the same year. Nas made his solo debut on the single "Halftime" from Serch's soundtrack for the film Zebrahead. The single increased the buzz surrounding Nas and when MC Serch’s solo album is released later in the year, Nas’ standout appearance on "Back To The Grill" only intensified interest in his upcoming album, amid immense anticipation. Hailed as the second coming of Rakim, his rhyming skills attracted a significant amount of attention within the hip-hop community. However, many were concerned that Columbia, being a major label, would try to dilute his New York based style. Nas Illmatic album cover This is an album cover. ... Nas Illmatic album cover This is an album cover. ... Magnum opus (sometimes Opus magnum), from the Latin meaning great work, refers to the best, most popular, or most renowned achievement of an author, artist, or composer. ... Illmatic is the debut hip hop album by Nas, released on April 19, 1994 (see 1994 in music) on Columbia Records. ... Illmatic is the debut hip hop album by Nas, released on April 19, 1994 (see 1994 in music) on Columbia Records. ... East Coast hip hop (sometimes also referred to as New York hip hop) is a style of hip hop music that originated in New York City during the late-1970s. ... MC Serch (born Michael Berrin) is an American rapper and former member of the crew 3rd Bass. ... 3rd Bass were a rap group in the late 1980s and early 1990s, notable for being one of the first white rap groups in history. ... Columbia Records is the oldest continually used brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888. ... Zebrahead is a punk rock band from Orange County, California. ... Rakim (full name Rakim Allah, born William Michael Griffin on January 28, 1968 in Wyandanch, Long Island, New York) is an African-American rapper. ...


In 1994, Nas' debut album, Illmatic was finally released. The album featured production from Large Professor, Pete Rock, Q-Tip (of A Tribe Called Quest) and DJ Premier, as well as guest appearances from Nas' friend AZ and his father Olu Dara on the song "Life's a Bitch", Illmatic was immediately hailed as a masterpiece by critics, and is still highly regarded as one of the definitive hip-hop albums of all time. Notable songs on the album included "NY State of Mind" (produced by Premier), "The World Is Yours" (produced by Pete Rock), "One Love" (produced by Q-Tip) and "It Ain't Hard To Tell" (produced by Large Professor and featuring a sample of "Human Nature" by Michael Jackson). However, due in part to extensive bootlegging, the record sales fell below expectations. 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ... Illmatic is the debut hip hop album by Nas, released on April 19, 1994 (see 1994 in music) on Columbia Records. ... Pete Rock from the Petestrumentals album cover Pete Rock (b. ... Q-Tip (born Jonathan Davis on April 10, 1970 in New York City), is an American rapper, actor, and hip hop producer, and is the former leader of the group A Tribe Called Quest. ... A Tribe Called Quest were an influential rap group of the 1990s, originally formed in Queens, New York City in 1988. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... AZ (born Anthony Cruz in Brooklyn, New York City) is an African-American/Dominican East-Coast rapper. ... Hip hop music (also referred to as rap or rap music) is a style of popular music. ... It Aint Hard To Tell is a 1994 hip hop single by Nas. ... For other uses see Human nature (disambiguation) Human Nature is a song on Michael Jacksons 1982 hit album Thriller. ... For other people with the same name, see Michael Jackson (disambiguation) Michael Joseph Jackson (born August 29, 1958), also known by the nicknames King of Pop and Wacko Jacko, is an American musician whose successful music career and controversial personal life have been at the forefront of pop culture for... Bootlegging is a slang term to describe smuggling. ...


Following Illmatic, Nas appeared on AZ's Doe Or Die album, and collaborated with his Queensbridge-associates, Mobb Deep, on their album, the The Infamous. One notable achievement during this period was Nas' verse on "Verbal Intercourse" on Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. After this appearance, Nas received a Source Quotable as he had the distinction of being the only non-Wu-Tang Clan member to be featured on one of the group's solo albums. AZ (born Anthony Cruz in Brooklyn, New York City) is an African-American/Dominican East-Coast rapper. ... Doe or Die is the debut album by gangsta rapper AZ. Released in 1995 AZ was introduced to the world in Nass Illmatic in 1994. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Perhaps one of the most influential hip hop album of the East Coast hardcore rap genre, The Infamous is Mobb Deeps breakthrough album. ... Raekwon Raekwon (born Corey Woods, January 12, 1970, Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper and a member of the Wu-Tang Clan. ... Only Built 4 Cuban Linx is an influential East Coast rap album by rapper Raekwon, released in 1995. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Wu-Tang Clan is a pioneering hip hop group, originally from Staten Island, New York, USA (Staten Island is referred to as Shaolin in their lyrics). ...


1996–1998: From It Was Written to The Firm

Columbia began to press Nas to work towards more commercial topics like the rapper The Notorious B.I.G., who had become successful by releasing street singles that still retained pop-friendly appeal. Nas traded manager MC Serch for Steve Stoute, and began preparation for his second LP, It Was Written, consciously working towards a crossover-oriented sound. It Was Written, chiefly produced by Poke and Tone of Trackmasters Entertainment, was released during the summer of 1996. Two singles, "If I Ruled The World (Imagine That)" (featuring Lauryn Hill of The Fugees) and "Street Dreams" (a remix features R. Kelly) were instant hits. These songs were promoted by big-budget music videos directed by Hype Williams, making Nas a common name among mainstream hip-hop. Other notable tracks on the album included "The Message" and "I Gave You Power," which tells a story from the perspective of a gun. It Was Written also featured the debut of The Firm, a supergroup consisting of Nas, AZ, Foxy Brown, and Cormega. The album also introduced Nas's Mafioso-inspired character "Nas Escobar", who lived more of a Scarface/Casino-esque lifestyle. On the other hand, Illmatic, which, while having numerous references to Tony Montana and the theatrical hit featuring Al Pacino, was more about Nas' life as a teenager in the projects, hustling and smoking marijuana. Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997), also known as Biggie Smalls (after a stylish gangster in 1975s Lets Do it Again) and Frank White (from the film King of New York), but best known as The Notorious B.I.G. (Business Instead of Game... Steve Stoute is an American record executive, most famous for being rapper Nass off-and-on manager since 1995. ... It Was Written was the multi-platinum sophomore album by Queensbridge rapper Nas. ... It Was Written was the multi-platinum sophomore album by Queensbridge rapper Nas. ... Trackmasters Entertainment is a successful record production company, run by Jean-Claude Poke Olivier and Samuel Tone Barnes. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... If I Ruled The World (Imagine That) is a 1996 hit hip hop single by Nas featuring Lauryn Hill of The Fugees. ... Lauryn Hill (born May 25, 1975 in South Orange, New Jersey), is a seven time Grammy award winning musician, and record producer, initially establishing her reputation as the most visible and vocal member of The Fugees, then continuing on to a solo career, releasing The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. ... The Fugees are an American music group, popular during the mid-1990s, whose repertoire includes primarily hip hop, with elements of soul, and Caribbean music (particularly reggae). ... Robert Sylvester Kelly (born January 8, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois), who goes by the stage name of R. Kelly, is an American R&B singer-songwriter, rapper and record producer who first appeared on the R&B scene in 1992 and came to dominate it throughout the 1990s and in... Hype Williams in 2002. ... Hip hop music (also referred to as rap or rap music) is a style of popular music. ... Foxy Brown (born Inga Marchand on September 6, 1978 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American rapper of Trinidadian descent known for her solo work as well as numerous collaborations and a brief stint as part of hip-hop supergroup The Firm. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Gangsta rap, also known as hardcore hip-hop, was the name given to the subgenre of hip hop which often involved lyrical subjects based on the violence and misogyny inherent in the lifestyle of street thugs and gangsters. ... Scarface is a 1983 motion picture directed by Brian de Palma and starring Al Pacino as Tony Montana, a fictional Cuban refugee who comes to Florida in 1980 as a result of the Mariel Boatlift. ... Casino is a 1995 movie directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the book of the same name by Nicholas Pileggi and Larry Shandling. ... Al Pacino as Tony Montana Antonio Tony Montana is the main character in Brian DePalmas 1983 remake of the movie Scarface, played by Al Pacino. ... Pacino (right) with Robert Duvall in The Godfather. ...

The DVD cover for the 1998 film Belly, which co-stars Nas and DMX
The DVD cover for the 1998 film Belly, which co-stars Nas and DMX

The Firm signed to Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment label, and 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. Cormega therefore became one of Nas' most vocal opponents, releasing a number of underground hip-hop singles dissing Nas, Stoute, and Nature, who was Cormega's replacement in The Firm. Nas, Foxy Brown, AZ, and Nature Present The Firm: The Album was finally released in 1997 to mixed reviews and lackluster sales and the members of the supergroup went their separate ways. Image File history File links Belly. ... Image File history File links Belly. ... Belly is the debut movie of director Hype Williams. ... DMX (center) in Cradle 2 the Grave with Gabrielle Union and Drag-On Earl Simmons (born December 18, 1970 in Baltimore, Maryland), also known as Dark Man X, The Divine Master of the Unknown, or simply DMX, is an African-American rapper and actor, who was most famous in the... Andre Romel Dr. Dre Young (born on February 18, 1965, in Compton, California) is an African-American record producer, rapper, and record executive, and is one of the wealthiest, most influential, most successful and well-known producers in the field of hip hop music. ... Aftermath Entertainment is a record label, specializing in hip hop music, founded by Dr. Dre in 1996. ... Alternative hip hop (Bohemian hip hop) is a style of hip hop distinguished by socio-political lyrics, sparse beats that sample few and/or unusual sources (see jazz rap) and uniquely positive rhymes. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Jermaine Baxter, known by fans as Nature, went to school with rapper Nasir Nas Jones. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII in Roman) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


At about this time, Nas became a spokesperson for the Willie Esco urban clothing line, but had no other connection with the clothing line. He stopped promoting Willie Esco in 2000, dissatisfied with the company's operations. During the same period, Nas co-wrote and starred in Hype Williams' 1998 feature film Belly, which also featured DMX, Taral Hicks, and T-Boz of TLC among its cast. This article is about the year 2000. ... Hype Williams in 2002. ... Belly is the debut movie of director Hype Williams. ... DMX (center) in Cradle 2 the Grave with Gabrielle Union and Drag-On Earl Simmons (born December 18, 1970 in Baltimore, Maryland), also known as Dark Man X, The Divine Master of the Unknown, or simply DMX, is an African-American rapper and actor, who was most famous in the... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Tionne T-Boz Watkins is an R&B singer; the lead singer of the successful group TLC. She was diagnosed with sickle-cell anemia as a child, and is today one of the spokespeople for Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


1998–2000: I Am... to Nastradamus

In 1998, Nas began work on a double album to be entitled I Am...The Autobiography, which he intended as the middle ground between the extremes of Illmatic and It Was Written. The album was completed in early 1999, and a music video was shot for its lead single, Nas Is Like, produced by DJ Premier and featuring vocal samples from It Ain't Hard to Tell. However, much of the LP was leaked in MP3 format onto the Internet, and Nas and Stoute quickly recorded enough substitute material to constitute a single-disc release. Illmatic is the debut hip hop album by Nas, released on April 19, 1994 (see 1994 in music) on Columbia Records. ... It Was Written was the multi-platinum sophomore album by Queensbridge rapper Nas. ... A music video (also promo) is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, more commonly referred to as MP3, is a popular digital audio encoding and lossy compression format invented and standardized in 1991 by a team of engineers directed by the Fraunhofer Society in Germany. ...


The second single for I Am was "Hate Me Now," featuring Sean "Puffy" Combs (now "Diddy"), was used as an example by Nas' critics for moving towards commercial themes. Hype Williams shot an allegorical video for the single, which featured Nas and Puffy being crucified in a manner similar to Jesus; After the video was completed, Combs, a Catholic, requested his crucifixion scene be edited out of the video. However, the unedited copy of the "Hate Me Now" video made its way to MTV, and was premiered on April 15, 1999 on TRL. A furiouus Combs and his bodyguards allegedly made their way into Steve Stoute's office and assauluted him, at one point apparently hitting Stoute over the head with a champagnes bottle. Stoute pressed charges, but he and Combs settled out-of-court that June. Hate Me Now is a 1999 hit hip hop single by Nas featuring Puff Daddy. ... Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969 aka P. Diddy, Puff Daddy, Sean Puffy Combs) is an African-American record producer, CEO, and rapper. ... Hype Williams in 2002. ... Jesus (born c. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... April 15 is the 105th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (106th in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Champagne is often drunk as part of a celebration Champagne is a sparkling wine produced by inducing the in-bottle secondary fermentation of wine to effect carbonation. ...


Columbia had scheduled to release the pirated material from I Am under ther title Nastradamus during the latter half of 1999, but, at the last minute, decided Nas should record an entirely new album for release. Nastradamus was therefore rushed to meet a November release date. Though critics were not kind to the album, it did result in a minor hit, the Timbaland-produced "You Owe Me," featuring R&B singer Ginuwine. The only pirated track from I Am... to make it onto Nastradamus was "Project Windows," featuring Ronald Isley. A number of the other bootlegged tracks later made their way onto The Lost Tapes, a collection of underground Nas songs that was released by Columbia in September 2002. The collection saw decent sales and received glowing reviews. Nastradamus is the title of Nas fourth studio album for the Columbia Records label, released in November 1999, and is also one of his aliases as well. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Look up November in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Timbaland & Magoo on the cover of their greatest hits CD (2004) Timbaland (born Timothy Z. Mosley in Norfolk, Virginia on March 10, 1971) is an African-American hip hop and R&B record producer and rapper, whose style of production and arranging was very influential in both genres of music... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Ginuwine on the cover of his album Back II Da Basics (2005) Ginuwine (born Elgin Baylor Lumpkin on October 15, 1975 in Washington, DC) is an American R&B singer. ... Ronald Isley (born on May 21, 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is an American pop, rock, soul, and R&B singer and is known as the lead singer of the legendary family music group the Isley Brothers. ... The Lost Tapes was the eigth album release by Queensbridge rapper Nas. ... Look up September in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For the Cusco album, see 2002 (album). ...


2000–2001: The Nas vs. Jay-Z rivalry and Stillmatic

The highly publicized rivalry between Nas and Jay-Z began as a rivalry between Nas and Jay-Z's protege, Memphis Bleek. On his debut album Coming of Age, Bleek made a song entitled "Memphis Bleek Is", which was similar in concept to Nas' single "Nas is Like". On the same album, Bleek recorded "What You Think Of That" featuring Bleek's mentor Jay-Z, which contains the refrain, "I'ma ball 'til I fall/what you think of that?" In retaliation, "Nastradamus", the title track from Nas' second 1999 album, featured a reference to "What You Think Of That": "If you wanna ball 'til you fall/I can help you with that/Want beef?/I could let a slug melt in your hat". Memphis Bleek perceived the reference on "Nastradamus" as a diss, and therefore dissed Nas on the lead single for his The Understanding LP, My Mind Right: Your lifestyle's written/so who you supposed to be?/ Play your position. Memphis-(M)_aking (E)_asy (M)_oney (P)_imping (H)_oes (I)_s (S)_imple Bleek (born Malik Thuston Cox on June 23, 1978) is a New York rapper who regularly came in contact with rap legends such asThe Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z during his childhood and... Jay-Z (aka the Jigga, HOV and Hova, born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper/hip hop artist and record label executive; one of the most popular and successful rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ...


QB's Finest was a compilation album that featured Nas and a number of other rappers from Queensbridge, including Mobb Deep, Nature, Littles, The Bravehearts (which included Nas' younger brother Jungle among its members), and Cormega, who had briefly reconciled with Nas. The album also featured guest appearances from Queensbridge hip-hop legends Roxanne Shante, MC Shan, and Marley Marl. Shan and Marley Marl both appeared on the lead single "Da Bridge 2001", which was based on Shan & Marl's 1986 recording "The Bridge". "Da Bridge 2001" also featured a response from Nas to Memphis Bleek, in which Nas called out most of the Roc-A-Fella Records roster, including Bleek, Damon Dash, Beanie Sigel, and Jay-Z. Queensbridge Houses is the largest public housing development in the United States. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Bravehearts are a East Coast hip hop group from the Queensbridge housing projects in New York City. ... Roxanne Shanté is an American hip hop vocalist, best known for her hit Roxannes Revenge. Her career began unusually, as she ran into three men talking about U.T.F.O., who had recently cancelled their performance at a show they were performing. ... Shawn MC Shan Moltke is the cousin of old school hip-hop producer Marley Marl. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... See also: 1985 in music, other events of 1986, 1987 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 23 - The first induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee... Roc-A-Fella Records, LLC. Roc-A-Fella Records is one of the largest United States hip hop/rap record labels. ... Damon Dash (also known as Dame Dash, born May 3, 1971 in New York City, New York) is a label executive; the former CEO and co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records with Jay-Z and Kareem Biggs Burke. ... Beanie Sigel (born Dwight Grant on March 6th, 1974) is an African-American rapper from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, signed to Damon Dash and Jay-Zs Roc-A-Fella Records in 1998. ... Jay-Z (aka the Jigga, HOV and Hova, born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper/hip hop artist and record label executive; one of the most popular and successful rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ...

Stillmatic (2001) is said to have revitalized Nas' career after many critics believed it was waning.
Stillmatic (2001) is said to have revitalized Nas' career after many critics believed it was waning.

Jay-Z responded to Nas' songs with an onstage swipe during the 2001 Hot 97 Summer Jam concert in New York City, when he premiered his song "Takeover". Initially, the song was to only be a Mobb Deep diss, only including one line about Nas near the end. Nevertheless, Nas recorded the "Stillmatic Freestyle," an underground single which sampled Rakim and Eric B.'s "Paid in Full" beat, and attacked Jay-Z and his Roc-A-Fella label. On his 2001 in music|2001]] album The Blueprint, Jay-Z rewrote "Takeover," dedicating half of the song to dissing Nas, claiming that Illmatic was his only good album and that he had fabricated much of his past. Image File history File links The front cover of Stillmatic, a rap album by Nas from 2001. ... Image File history File links The front cover of Stillmatic, a rap album by Nas from 2001. ... Stillmatic is a hip hop album by Nas. ... WQHT also known as Hot 97 is a New York based radio station. ... Summer Jam is the annual concert held at Giants Stadium and sponsored by New York based radio station Hot 97FM. Normally held in June, the concert features the most popular acts that hip-hop and R&B have to offer. ... Nickname: The Big Apple Official website: City of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area Total 468. ... Takeover is an album track recorded by Jay-Z for his 2001 hip hop album The Blueprint. ... Rakim (full name Rakim Allah, born William Michael Griffin on January 28, 1968 in Wyandanch, Long Island, New York) is an African-American rapper. ... Eric B. & Rakim was an East Coast rap group that popularized the James Brown-sampled funky hip hop of the late 1980s. ... Paid in Full is the debut full-length LP by Rap duo Eric B. and Rakim, released in 1987. ... The Blueprint (2001) is the sixth album from rapper Jay-Z. Originally intended to be released on September 18, 2001, the albums release was pushed forward one week (to combat widespread bootlegging). ... Jay-Z (aka the Jigga, HOV and Hova, born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper/hip hop artist and record label executive; one of the most popular and successful rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ...


Nas responded with "Ether" , a track begins with gunshots and a repeated, slowed-down sample of Tupac rapping "Fuck Jay-Z." (taken from Tupac's "Fuck Friends") In "Ether," Nas accuses Jay-Z of stealing ("biting") lyrics from The Notorious B.I.G. and brown-nosing Nas and other rappers for fame. He also claims "Eminem murdered you on your own shit," referring to the "Renegade" track on The Blueprint that features Eminem. He also calls Jay-Z "Gay-Z" and calls Roc-a-fella "Cock-a-fella". Ether was included on Nas' fifth studio album, Stillmatic, released in December 2001. Stillmatic managed to be not only a critically acclaimed comeback album, but a commercial success as well, debuting at #7 on the Billboard album charts and featuring the hit singles "Got Ur Self A ... (gun) and "One Mic." The album also featured "Rewind," a song for which Nas tells a typical street tale in reverse. Ether is an album track from hip hop artist Nas 2001 album Stillmatic, and is widely considered by many to be one of the greatest and most important diss tracks in hip hop music history. ... Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971–September 13, 1996) was an American hip hop artist, poet and actor. ... Jay-Z (aka the Jigga, HOV and Hova, born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper/hip hop artist and record label executive; one of the most popular and successful rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ... Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997), also known as Biggie Smalls (after a stylish gangster in 1975s Lets Do it Again) and Frank White (from the film King of New York), but best known as The Notorious B.I.G. (Business Instead of Game... This article is about the rapper Eminem. ... Jay-Z (aka the Jigga, HOV and Hova, born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper/hip hop artist and record label executive; one of the most popular and successful rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ... Stillmatic is a hip hop album by Nas. ... An example of a Billboard Magazine. ...


Jay-Z responded to "Ether" with a freestyle entitled "Supa Ugly." going into detail about how he had sex with Carmen Bryan, the mother of Nas' daughter Destiny. Nas dismissed the track by claiming that he was no longer with Bryan during the time the affair took place. In a recent interview, however, New York radio station Hot 97 settled the battle taking votes comparing "Ether" and "Supa Ugly," and Nas won by 8% of the votes. By 2005, the two rappers had eventually ended their feud without violence or animosity. During Jay-Z's I Declare War - Power House concert, Jay-Z announced to the crowd, "It's bigger than 'I Declare War'. Let's go, Esco!" Nas then joined Jay-Z onstage, and the two then performed "Dead Presidents" together, which Jay-Z had sampled from Nas' song "The World is Yours." Supa Ugly is a mixtape freestyle diss track from the rapper Jay-Z during the Nas/Jay-Z beef. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Nas' sixth studio album, God's Son.
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Nas' sixth studio album, God's Son.

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2002–present: From God's Son to Street's Disciple and beyond

In December 2002, Nas released the God's Son album. and its lead single, "Made You Look". The album debuted at #18 on the Billboard charts despite widespread internet bootlegging. The second single, the inspirational "I Can", which reworked elements from Beethoven's "Fur Elise", became Nas' biggest hit to date during the spring and summer of 2003, garnering substantial radio airplay on urban, rhythmic, and top 40 radio stations, as well as on the MTV and VH1 music video networks. God's Son also includes several songs dedicated to memory of Nas' mother, who died of cancer in 2002. In 2003, Nas was featured on the KoЯn song "Play Me", from KoЯn's Take a Look in the Mirror LP. For the Cusco album, see 2002 (album). ... Gods Son is the sixth studio album from East Coast hip hop artist Nas, released in late 2002. ... An example of a Billboard Magazine. ... Ludwig van Beethoven by Carl Jäger (Date unknown). ... Für Elise (German: for Elise) is the popular name of the Bagatelle in A minor, WoO 59, a famous piece of music for solo piano by Ludwig van Beethoven, written in 1808. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Urban area is a term used to define an area where there is an increased density of man-made structures in comparison to the areas surrounding it. ... Rhythmic music and Rhythmic radio, also known as Rhythmic Crossover or Rhythmic Pop, is a term used to describe a certain group of radio stations and the Billboard chart that is compiled based on airplay from those radio stations. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... VH1 (which originally stood for Video Hits One) is an American cable television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment (then a division of Warner Communications and then-current owners of MTV, which originally came up with the idea of the channel). ... When normal cells are damaged beyond repair, they are eliminated by apoptosis. ... For other uses, see Korn (disambiguation). ... Take a Look in the Mirror (2003) is the sixth album by the band Korn. ...


Nas released his seventh studio album, the double-disc Street's Disciple, on November 30, 2004. The album's first singles were "Thief's Theme" and "Bridging the Gap", which features his father Olu Dara on vocals. The album also includes "These are Our Heroes", which accuses prominent sports stars and actors such as Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods, and Cuba Gooding, Jr. of neglecting their heritage and background in favour of white values. The videos for "Bridging the Gap" and "Just A Moment" received moderate airplay on MTV and BET. The album has production by L.E.S., Salaam Remi, and Nas. Though the album went platinum, its commercial profile was relatively low compared to the rapper's previous releases. A double album is an audio album of sufficient length that two units of the medium in which it is sold (especially records and compact discs) are necessary to contain the entirety of it. ... Streets Disciple is rapper Nas double LP music album. ... November 30 is the 334th day (335th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 31 days remaining, as the final day of November. ... It has been designated the: International Year of Rice (by the United Nations) International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition (by UNESCO) 2004 World Health Day topic was Road Safety (by World Health Organization) Year of the Monkey (by the Chinese calendar) See the world in... Kobe Bean Bryant (born August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Eldrick Tont (Tiger) Woods (born December 30, 1975, in Cypress, California) is an American golfer, widely considered to be one of the greatest golfers of all time. ... Cuba Gooding, Jr. ...


Nas was featured on Kanye West's album Late Registration on a song titled "We Major". West said the song was Jay-Z's favorite on the album, but West was unable to get Jay-Z to record a vocal for the final mix of the song. He also appeared on Damian Marley's song "Road to Zion" (which also featured newcomer The Game in the video, widening Nas' still growing universally appreciated raps) and several other songs such as "Death Anniversary" and "It Wasn't You" (featuring Lauryn Hill). In addition, Nas was most recently married to the R&B singer Kelis, who is mostly known for her work internationally, but nonetheless released great hits in the U.S. The couple wed on Jan. 8, 2005 in Atlanta, GA, after a two-year engagement. He was also featured on the song "House Of Pain" alongside dead rival superstars [Notorious B.I.G] and [2pac], which he knew before their deaths and also Mary J. Blige from the "Biggie Duets". Kanye West (first name pronounced //) (born Kanye Omari West, June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American hip hop producer and rapper from suburban Chicago, Illinois. ... Late Registration is the second major label album release from Roc-A-Fella hip hop artist and producer Kanye West. ... A publicity photo of Damian. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Kelis (born Kelis Rogers in the Harlem, New York on August 21, 1980) is an American singer and songwriter who has seen moderate success in the United States and major success overseas. ...


At a free concert in Central Park, New York, Nas made a statement regarding the quality of 50 Cent's music. "this is the real shit, not that 50 Cent shit!" In response, 50 Cent included a stab at Nas by speaking negatively of his wife Kelis on his single "Piggy Bank," implying that Kelis was promiscuous and calling Nas a "sucker for love." Nas was quoted as saying that he feels no obligation to retaliate, remarking "[50 has] got a good five to six more albums before I can really respond to him." Nas eventually decided to retaliate, and in July 2005 released "Don't Body Ya Self (MC Burial)", a song which taunts 50 Cent and his G-Unit crew, stating that 50 was "a sucka for death if I'm a sucka for love." Curtis James Jackson III (born July 6, 1975), commonly known by his rap name as 50 Cent, is a popular African-American gangsta rapper who rose to fame following the success of his albums Get Rich or Die Tryin and The Massacre. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... G-Unit is a rap group which consists of 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, Young Buck, (The) Game, R & B singer Olivia and, most recently, Spider Loc. ...


In January 2006, Nas signed a label deal with Jay-Z's Def Jam, further emphasizing the Jay-Z/Nas truce and raising expectations for a collaboration even higher. Nas' new label will be called "The Jones Experience" and his album due in fall of 2006 will come out in a joint deal with this imprint and Columbia Records.The new album was originally supposed to be named Nasdaq Dow Jones. Recently, Nas told a NY Daily News reporter that he was naming his album N.A.S (Not All Surrender). Def Jam Recordings is an American based hip-hop record label that operates as a part of The Island Def Jam Music Group, which is owned by Universal Music Group. ...


Musical style and Technique

Nas has long been famed for his creativity and storytelling prowess, which has earned him acclaim from both the hip-hop community and critics. In his early stages, from his first appearance on the Main Source's Breaking Atoms and throughout the recording of Illmatic, he was perhaps best known for his street-oriented topics, complex lyrical schemes (which often incorporated multi-syllabic internal rhymes), and witty phrasing and imagery. As he progressed and matured, however, his voice thickened into a monotone vocal presence and his verbal pace became increasingly slower. Main Source is a New York hip-hop group comprised of Sir Scratch, K-Cut, and Large Professor. ... Breaking Atoms was the debut album of Main Source. ... Illmatic is the debut hip hop album by Nas, released on April 19, 1994 (see 1994 in music) on Columbia Records. ... Chart-topping East Coast rapper 50 Cent rapping at a concert. ... In poetry, internal rhyme, or middle rhyme, is rhyme which occurs within a single line of verse. ...


Following Illmatic's release, Nas developed a penchant for hyper-visual storytelling and topical creativity. For instance, "Undying Love" (featured on I Am...) is a heartrending tale of his wife's betrayal told in first person, "Rewind" (featured on Stillmatic) is a narrative in which a story is recited backwards in reverse, while on "I Gave You Power" (featured on It Was Written), Nas assumes the role of a "gun" who recounts brutal tales of murder and violence. Over the years Nas' style has changed significantly. In contrast to his previous work, Nas’ most recent material is distinctively socially aware and often politically inflammatory. Songs such as "I Can" (featured on God's Son) convey moral messages of black youth empowerment, while "These Are Our Heroes (Coon Picnic)" accuses several African-American celebrities of being Uncle Toms. Furthermore, controversial songs such as "My Country" and "A Message to the Feds" (which are featured on Stillmatic and Street's Disciple, respectively) question the conduct of the American government. Illmatic is the debut hip hop album by Nas, released on April 19, 1994 (see 1994 in music) on Columbia Records. ... I am. ... ... Stillmatic is a hip hop album by Nas. ... It Was Written was the multi-platinum sophomore album by Queensbridge rapper Nas. ... Gods Son is the sixth studio album from East Coast hip hop artist Nas, released in late 2002. ... Youth empowerment is an attitudinal, structural, and cultural process whereby young people gain the ability, authority, and agency to make decisions and implement change in their own lives and the lives of other people, including youth and adults. ... The following is a list of ethnic slurs, also known as ethnophaulisms, that are, or have been, used to refer to members of a given ethnicity (or, in some cases, nationality, region, or religion) in a derogatory or pejorative manner. ... // The term as a pejorative epithet Uncle Tom is a pejorative term for a black person who is perceived by other blacks to be obsequiously servile to white authority figures, or who simply are perceived as being unnecessarily accommodating of whites. ... Stillmatic is a hip hop album by Nas. ... Streets Disciple is rapper Nas double LP music album. ... The U.S. Constitution, adopted in 1789 by a constitutional convention, sets down the basic framework of American government in its seven articles. ...


Discography

For a full discography of albums and singles, see Nas discography.

This is a discography for American rapper Nas. ...

Studio albums

Columbia releases
Ill Will/Columbia releases
Def Jam release

Illmatic is the debut hip hop album by Nas, released on April 19, 1994 (see 1994 in music) on Columbia Records. ... It Was Written was the multi-platinum sophomore album by Queensbridge rapper Nas. ... I am. ... Nastradamus is the title of Nas fourth studio album for the Columbia Records label, released in November 1999, and is also one of his aliases as well. ... Ill Will logo Ill Will Records is the Columbia Records imprint of rapper Nas. ... Stillmatic is a hip hop album by Nas. ... Gods Son is the sixth studio album from East Coast hip hop artist Nas, released in late 2002. ... Streets Disciple is rapper Nas double LP music album. ... Def Jam Recordings is an American based hip-hop record label that operates as a part of The Island Def Jam Music Group, which is owned by Universal Music Group. ... Nasir bin Olu Dara is the tentative title for the upcoming album by American rapper Nas. ...

Top Twenty singles

The following tracks reached the Top 20 of one or more of the following music charts: Billboard Hot 100, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, Hot Rap Tracks, or the UK Singles Chart. The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, formerly known as Top Soul Singles, Top Black Singles, and Top R&B Singles (before the hip-hop term was added in the late 1990s), is a chart released weekly by Billboard in the United States. ... The Hot Rap Tracks is a chart released weekly by Billboard in the United States. ... The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ...

Year Title Chart Positions Album Add'l artist(s) credits
US Hot 100 US R&B US Rap UK Chart
1994 "It Ain't Hard To Tell" - - 13 - Illmatic
1996 "If I Ruled The World (Imagine That)" - 17 15 12 It Was Written featuring Lauryn Hill
1996 "Street Dreams" - 18 1 12 It Was Written featuring R. Kelly (remix only)
1997 "Head Over Heels" - 17 - 18 Allure Allure featuring Nas
1999 "Nas Is Like" - - 3 - I Am...
1999 "Hate Me Now" 6 18 8 14 I Am... featuring Puff Daddy
1999 "Hot Boyz" 5 1 1 - Da Real World Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott featuring Nas, Eve, & Q-Tip
1999 "Nastradamus" - - 4 - Nastradamus
2000 "You Owe Me" - 13 - - Nastradamus featuring Ginuwine
2000 "Da Bridge 2001" - - 17 - QB's Finest QB's Finest featuring Nas, Mobb Deep, MC Shan, Cormega, & Nature
2000 "Oochie Wally [Remix]" - 11 2 - QB's Finest QB's Finest featuring Nas and Bravehearts
2001 "Got Ur Self A..." - - 2 - Stillmatic
2002 "One Mic" 43 14 7 - Stillmatic
2002 "I'm Gonna Be Alright [Remix]" 10 - - - J.Lo Jennifer Lopez featuring Nas
2002 "Made You Look" - 12 9 - God's Son
2003 "I Can" 12 7 6 19 God's Son

The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, formerly known as Top Soul Singles, Top Black Singles, and Top R&B Singles (before the hip-hop term was added in the late 1990s), lists the most popular songs, calculated weekly by airplay and sales, in traditionally African American venues... The Hot Rap Tracks chart lists the most popular songs, calculated weekly by airplay and sales, in hip hop-focused or exclusive markets. ... The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ... It Aint Hard To Tell is a 1994 hip hop single by Nas. ... Illmatic is the debut hip hop album by Nas, released on April 19, 1994 (see 1994 in music) on Columbia Records. ... If I Ruled The World (Imagine That) is a 1996 hit hip hop single by Nas featuring Lauryn Hill of The Fugees. ... It Was Written was the multi-platinum sophomore album by Queensbridge rapper Nas. ... Lauryn Hill (born May 25, 1975 in South Orange, New Jersey), is a seven time Grammy award winning musician, and record producer, initially establishing her reputation as the most visible and vocal member of The Fugees, then continuing on to a solo career, releasing The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. ... Robert Sylvester Kelly (born January 8, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois), who goes by the stage name of R. Kelly, is an American R&B singer-songwriter, rapper and record producer who first appeared on the R&B scene in 1992 and came to dominate it throughout the 1990s and in... I am. ... Hate Me Now is a 1999 hit hip hop single by Nas featuring Puff Daddy. ... Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969 aka P. Diddy, Puff Daddy, Sean Puffy Combs) is an American record producer and CEO and founder of Bad Boy Entertainment, one of the driving forces in hip hop in the mid to late 1990s. ... Da Real World is a 1999 hip hop/R&B album by Missy Misedemanor Elliott. ... Missy Elliott on the cover of her album Missy Elliott (born Melissa Arnette Elliott on July 1, 1971 in Portsmouth, Virginia) is an African American singer, rapper, songwriter, and record producer. ... Eve (born Eve Jihan Jeffers on November 10, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an African-American rapper, singer, and actress associated with the Aftermath crew. ... Q-Tip (born Jonathan Davis on April 10, 1970 in New York City), is an American rapper, actor, and hip hop producer, and is the former leader of the group A Tribe Called Quest. ... Nastradamus is the title of Nas fourth studio album for the Columbia Records label, released in November 1999, and is also one of his aliases as well. ... Ginuwine on the cover of his album Back II Da Basics (2005) Ginuwine (born Elgin Baylor Lumpkin on October 15, 1975 in Washington, DC) is an American R&B singer. ... Nas and Ill Will Records Present QBs Finest was a 2000 collaborative album; the first release from rapper Nas new Ill Will Records imprint, distributed by Columbia Records. ... Nas and Ill Will Records Present QBs Finest was a 2000 collaborative album; the first release from rapper Nas new Ill Will Records imprint, distributed by Columbia Records. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Shawn MC Shan Moltke is the cousin of old school hip-hop producer Marley Marl. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Bravehearts are a East Coast hip hop group from the Queensbridge housing projects in New York City. ... J. Lo is the second album by Jennifer Lopez, released in 2001 (see 2001 in music). ... Jennifer Lynn López (born July 24, 1969) is a well-known American actress, pop/latin/R&B singer, fashion designer, and dancer. ... Gods Son is the sixth studio album from East Coast hip hop artist Nas, released in late 2002. ...

Filmography

Year Film/TV series Credits Other notes
2005 Miracle's Boys Musical Performer/ Songwriter
2003 Murda Muzik Actor
'2003 Uptown Girls Actor
2002 Hip-Hop VIPs Actor
2001 Sacred Is the Flesh Actor
2001 Ticker Actor
2000 East Coast Mix, Vol. 1: Another Reason to Rhyme Actor
1999 In Too Deep Actor
1998 Belly co-screenwriter/ Actor

This is a list of film-related events in 2005. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2004. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2003. ... Uptown Girls Uptown Girls is a 2003 comedy / drama directed by Boaz Yakin and adapted from the story by Allison Jacobs into screenplay by Julia Dahl, Mo Ogrodnik and Lisa Davidowitz . ... This is a list of film-related events in 2002. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2001. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2001. ... Ticker (2001) is an action film, directed by Albert Pyun. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2000. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1999. ... In Too Deep is a 1999 crime-drama film, written by Michael Henry Brown and Paul Aaron, and directed by Michael Rymer. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1998. ... Belly is the debut movie of director Hype Williams. ...

References

  • Bernstein, Brad (producer). (2004). "VH-1 Driven: Nas [TV-series episode/documentary]." New York:MTV Networks..
  • "Shots fired during UK rap concert", BBC News. March 22, 2005. Retrieved October 26, 2005.

It has been designated the: International Year of Rice (by the United Nations) International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition (by UNESCO) 2004 World Health Day topic was Road Safety (by World Health Organization) Year of the Monkey (by the Chinese calendar) See the world in... The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the publicly-funded radio and television broadcasting corporation of the United Kingdom (see British television). ... 22 March is the 81st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (82nd in Leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... October 26 is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 66 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

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Albums, Compilations and Collaborative studio albums
Illmatic | It Was Written | Nas, Foxy Brown, AZ, and Nature Present The Firm: The Album | I Am... | Nastradamus | Nas and Ill Will Records Present QB's Finest | Stillmatic | The Best of Nas | The Lost Tapes | From Illmatic to Stillmatic...The Remixes | God's Son | Street's Disciple | Nasir bin Olu Dara | The Lost Tapes 2
Singles
"Halftime" | "The World Is Yours" | "It Ain't Hard To Tell" | "One Love" | "If I Ruled The World (Imagine That)" | "Street Dreams" | "Nas Is Like" | "Hate Me Now" | "Nastradamus" | "You Owe Me" | "Got Ur Self A..." | "One Mic" | "Made You Look" | "I Can" | "Thief's Theme" | "Bridging The Gap" | "Just A Moment"
Collaborative Singles
"Firm Biz" | "Head Over Heels" | "Hot Boyz" | "Da Bridge 2001" | "Oochie Wally (Remix)" | "I'm Gonna Be Alright (Remix)"

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