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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Making Sense: A History of Hits With Common and No I.D.

These two Chi-Town music stars tend to make magic together., a look BET.com's picks for their Top 15 songs.

Poison Pen: When Ghostwriters Strike

Memphis Bleek and Nicki Minaj aren't saying anything new. No matter the real story, we aren't surprised: Ghostwriters (and ghost-producers) have been a part of the music industry since the beginning. Click on for a rundown of just some of the coun...

Nas Uncovers Ancestor's Bill of Sale

New York native traces his roots back to slavery and is now "on a mission to find out more."

When New York Ruled Hip Hop: Instagram Throwbacks

A classic look at MCs who held it down during The Big Apple's golden era.

DJ Premier: Kanye West and I Are Weirdos

Producer talks legacy building, his advice for Pro Era, and his new Bars in the Booth series.

Represent: 15 Nas Songs That Should Have Videos

Classics from Queenbridge's finest with no accompanying visuals.
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