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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Music Videos Based on Movies

Sometimes musicians get inspiration from the reel world.

Stop the Presses: When Music Stars Clash With the Media

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

Money Ain't a Thing: When Rappers Give Back

Fame and fortune means philanthropy to these hip hop stars.

When the Right Wing Attacks Music Stars

Rush Limbaugh calls out Kanye West over SAE's racist chant.

The Rundown: Madonna, Rebel Heart

Madge pulls Nas, Nicki Minaj, Chance the Rapper for latest.

Passing the Torch: When Old Meets New

Notable intergenerational collaborations.
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