Sunday, October 16, 2011

Nas - Surviving The Times - A Rap Legend

Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones[1] (play /nɑːˈsɪər/; born September 14, 1973), who performs under the name Nas (play /ˈnɑːz/), formerly Nasty Nas, is an American rapper and actor. He is regarded as one of the most important figures in hip hop. His debut album Illmatic, released in 1994 byColumbia Records, was critically acclaimed and would go on to be widely hailed a classic in the genre. MTV ranked him at #5 on their list of The Greatest MCs (Rappers) of All Time.[2]Editors of ranked him #4 on their list of the Top 50 MCs of Our Time (1987–2007),[3] making him the highest ranking rapper of his generation (ahead of The Notorious B.I.G.Jay-Z and 2Pac).
Nas was part of hip-hop supergroup The Firm, which released one album. He is the son of jazzmusician Olu Dara.
From 2001 to 2005, Nas was involved in a widely publicized feud with rapper Jay-Z; both rappers verbally attacked each other in their songs. The two formally ended their rivalry through duet performances at concerts sponsored by New York City-area hip-hop radio stations. In 2006, he signed to Def Jam, releasing his albums Hip Hop Is Dead in 2006 and an untitled album in 2008. In 2010 he released a collaboration album with Damian Marley and he plans to release a tenth solo studio album in 2011.


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