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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More Fiyah: Rap/Reggae Mash-Ups

Bobby Shmurda's "Hot N----" gets a blazin' new remix and more.

Stop the Presses: When Music Stars Clash With the Media

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

Nicki Minaj's Leading Men

Drake, Lil Wayne, Nas and more have co-starred in music videos with the YMCMB Barbie.

The Rundown: Wiz Khalifa, Blacc Hollywood

A look at the "Black & Yellow" MC's fifth release.

Athletes Taking ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and others have helped raise millions with the viral cause.

Nas Announces Time Is Illmatic Tour

Esco takes his documentary on the road, continues to perform classic debut in its entirety in celebration of its 20th anniversary.
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