Life is Good for Nas
Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones is a mouthful when making reference to any artist, especially one whose very style includes monosyllabic words. So just call him Nas, rapper, songwriter, actor, entrepreneur and publisher. For years he has staked a claim atop the ganglion of East Coast rap, calling himself everything from "Nastradamus" to "God's Son."
It was Nas' debut album, "Illmatic," that put him on the map behind universal acclaim from both critics and the hip hop community. In fact, it was ranked by the likes of MTV and Rolling Stone as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. And what a better way to follow it up than to have sophomore effort "It Was Written" debut at number one on the Billboard Charts, staying on top for four weeks and achieving double platinum status inside only two months.
Something else that got Nas' name in the headlines? How about a highly publicized feud with rapper Jay-Z during the early 2000s that ultimately led to the extended critical and commercial success of both artists. It was, all told, one of the most followed feuds in hip hop history, coming on the heels of the East Coast-West Coast hip hop rivalry of the 1990s. Fortunately, Nas and Jay-Z reconciled and opened the door to Nas' deal with Def Jam and a much-anticipated collaboration with his once-rival.
Nas delivered what was believed to be his final album for Def Jam, "Life is Good," in 2012. But in January 2013 he said he was working on his twelfth studio album, which he also said would be the last for the label. It's expected the album will drop in 2014, and will contain the song "Sinatra In The Sands," featuring both Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake.
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Everybody's favorite hip hop festival is back for another round: Hot 97's Summer Jam will take place on June 1 at Metlife Stadium for the 21st year in a row. Boasting headliners like Nas, 50 Cent and Childish Gambino, this year's roster of artists is right in line with all of the greats that have…Read more
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