Nas

Rapper/Producer/Actor How to become a hip hop legend in your own time: Grow up in Queensbridge, New York. (It helps if your father is jazz legend Olu Dara.) Drop a killer verse on the Main Source's 1991 "Live At the BBQ." Record the standout single, “Halftime,” on the Zebrahead soundtrack in 1992, earning comparisons to Rakim. Seal the deal two years later by releasing a seminal, game-changing, narrative masterpiece of a debut album called Illmatic. Whether battling Jay-Z or declaring that “Hip Hop is Dead” Nas has never shied away from controversy. His 2012 masterpiece, Life is Good, garnered his fourth Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album. Besides his prolific musical output, Nasir Jones has also appeared in films like Belly and Hawaii Five-O. He will co-star in the upcoming musical drama Black Nativity, alongside Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker.

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Passing the Torch: When Old Meets New

Notable inter-generational collaborations.

Stop the Presses: When Music Stars Clash With the Media

Musicians and the media have long had a love-hate affair.

Music News: The Warm Up: 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend Edition

The weekend celebrated the game's very best stars. (2/17/2015)

Nas Opens NBA All-Star Game

Rapper performs his anthem "NY State of Mind."

Diddy and Snoop Dogg All-Star Weekend Show Highlights

Nas, Faith Evans and others join for Hot 97's Tip-Off.

R&B Divas Who Impacted Hip Hop

Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna and other genre-benders.
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