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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Out and About: Snoop Dogg Celebrates His Birthday in Rome

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Alicia Keys Taps Nas and Diddy to Perform at Black Ball

Singer reveals lineup for annual HIV/AIDS awareness benefit, her husband, Swizz Beatz, to co-host.

Stop the Presses: When Music Stars Clash With the Media

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

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A look at the music stars who made the label iconic.

10 Reasons To See Nas: Time Is Illmatic Live

Why you need tickets to the Q-B Kid's documentary screening.

Out and About: Rihanna Heads to Miami to Record New Music

Plus, pics of Nas, Diddy, Kim Kardashian and more.
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