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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Diss Songs Aimed at Jay Z

MCs who fired shots at Hova.

Nas Revisits Feud With Jay Z in GQ Interview

“At this point, it's about moving on and making something out of it," says Queens MC.

Madonna’s New Album to Feature Nas, Nicki Minaj, Chance the Rapper

Pop icon turns to hip hop for Rebel Heart release.

When the Right Wing Attacks Music Stars

Conservatives have been calling out musicians for years.

A History of Classic Hip Hop Songs Recorded at D&D Studio

Rap masterpieces created inside the legendary sound lab.

Frenemies: Rappers Who Beefed Then Worked Together

Collaborating with old rivals is a sign of moving on.
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