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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 14 September 1973Queens, New York, USA
Birth NameNasir bin Olu Dara Jones
Nicknames Nasty Nas
Nas Escobar
Nastradamus
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Nas, born Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones on September 14, 1973, is the son of Olu Dara, an unconventional jazz musician. At age nine he was a member of the Devastatin' Seven in the mid-1980s, the fruits of which can be heard on his 1994 debut, "Illmatic," which was released on Columbia/SME later that year. It attracted attention for its depiction of ghetto life and Nas' refusal to include the misogyny and violence evident in some hip-hop. Nas's first appearance on record was on Main Source's classic "Live at the Barbecue." However, his big break came when former 3rd Bass member 'MC Serch' included his verse in "Halftime" on the soundtrack of Zebrahead (1992), which led to a management deal with Serch's management company, Serchlight Productions. Nas's follow-up albums are "It Was Written," "I Am...," "Nastradamus," "Stillmatic," "From Illmatic to Stillmatic," "The Lost Tapes Vol. 1," and "God's Son."

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Rod Reece

Spouse (1)

Kelis (8 January 2005 - 29 May 2010) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Gritty voice

Trivia (17)

Daughter named Destiny. Her mother is Carmen.
Son of jazz musician Olu Dara and the late Fannie Ann Jones.
His mom died of breast cancer. At the hospital, he held her in his arms until she passed on.
Has a song dedicated to his mother titled "Dance," which can be heard on his album "God's Son.".
Met his wife, Kelis, for the first time during an after-party at Sean Combs's bacchanal at the luxurious Cipriani restaurant.
Proposed to Kelis in her mom's house on Christmas Eve, 2002.
Recorded a hip-hop-blues collaboration with his father called "Bridging the Gap" on album "Street's Disciple".
Grew up with MCs such as Cormega, Nature, (with whom he briefly formed the group "The Firm") The Notorious B.I.G., and Jay-Z. Furthermore, he has a younger brother named Jungle with whom he formed another group called "Bravehearts".
Sampled Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" in his hit song "It Ain't Hard to Tell".
Solo albums include "Illmatic," "It Was Written," "I Am...," "Nastradamus," "Stillmatic," "God's Son," "Street's Disciple," "Hip-Hop is Dead" and "N.". Group albums include work with "The Firm", "Bravehearts", and the compilation album "QB's Finest".
He and Kelis are expecting their first child [January 14, 2009].
Son, Knight Jones, was born July 22, 2009. He weighed 7 lbs. 8 oz.
Has been described as the Rakim of his generation. In fact, the two have even collaborated, and hold a mutual respect for one another, as mentor and disciple.
Good friends with Raekwon of Wutang. Nas was the first rapper outside of the wu camp to be featured on a wu album, 'Only Built for Cuban Linx', with Raekwon and Ghostface Killah.
Appears on the cover of the Kool G. Rap album "4,5,6" as the two collaborated early on.
Nas' former adversary Jay-Z signed him to Def Jam Records. [January 2006]
New album God's Son is released. [December 2002]

Personal Quotes (74)

[on why he holds a dove in each hand on the back cover of his 2002 album "God's Son"] We deal with money, cars, smog, pollution, and drugs. But being in the sky, they can fly and look at the world without dealing with our bullshit. Matter of fact, they shit on us. I really admire them.
I want to have fun. It's a beautiful life. You learn, you win, you lose, but you get up.
The flaws, the mistakes I make - that's the real me.
Once you make it to your point of making it, you'll appreciate the struggle.
Working with great people makes you great; you learn a lot and it also gives you the experience and confidence to move on with your own career.
Hip-hop is the streets. Hip-hop is a couple of elements that it comes from back in the days... that feel of music with urgency that speaks to you. It speaks to your livelihood and it's not compromised. It's blunt. It's raw, straight off the street - from the beat to the voice to the words.
We're all Africans, everyone - black, white, yellow.
You can't please everybody. You'd be crazy if you're trying to. So take some time out to do some things for yourself.
I don't want any title. I just say what I say, and hopefully somebody gets it, man. I'm not perfect, and I'm just here and trying to make a dollar, and being real at the same time, you know?
I wish the music business was a much easier thing, but you know what? Nothing easy is worth anything. So it is what it is. There comes a time when things can work out and everybody can be happy. And that's what it's all about in the end - everybody being happy and working it out.
I just enjoy life now. I just enjoy every morning I get to wake up.
I don't have time for the news clippings. I got my own mission.
Divorce can be crazy. Man, if you're happy... Love is a beast, man. Hold on. Be prepared for any way it may go, and be honest.
I have no tattoos that I regret - I have had some that I have had changed according to how my life was.
I don't get jealousy, I don't get how people hate each other - I never did.
Some people say I'm conscious, some say I'm a gangsta rapper - it's just me doing me. I'm stomping in my own lane. I'm doing what I do.
When you're a teenager, you want to meet a lot of girls - you want to get the most girls. You don't know anything about respect; you don't know anything about being faithful and loyal to your girlfriend.
I can't control what people think. They know who I am.
Every generation witnesses atrocities. People in power try to fulfill prophecy.
My earliest memories of rap music was mixed with my earliest memories of reggae music. They were big sounds around the way, heavy bass lines, strong messages, definitely.
Anybody can be a rapper, but not anybody can be a classical artist.
I definitely have plans to do more collaboration albums in the future. I'm a big fan of Common. I'm a big fan of Scarface; I'm a big fan of so many people, from Jeezy to... well, there are a lot of people's music that I respect. I don't know who I will collaborate with, but there's a great chance of something happening.
Whenever I received too much praise, it just didn't feel right to me - ever.
Marley is someone before his time, man. He's - he's almost - he's like a deity, like almost, you know what I mean? I just talk about what's going on, but of course, you know, Bob, before rappers, was already laying that kind of thing down.
No one's promised anything. You could have the biggest record on radio and sell no records.
I think hip-hop could help rebuild America, once hip-hoppers own hip-hop... We are our own politicians, our own government, we have something to say. We're warriors. Soldiers.
No matter who you are, black, white, green, there's going to be things in your way, you know what I mean?
I love PBS! I grew up on it. If I had to say which channels were good, I'd say, you got your PBS, your History Channel, your Discovery.
With age comes common sense and wisdom.
All fatherhood is very important because single mothers shouldn't have to raise sons or daughters; they need that help.
When you have a daughter, you want to protect her from the things that I've seen out there, you know, the things that's out there that ain't good for her. It's a crazy world we live in.
Every time I get in the studio, I feel like I wanna have some fun. My fun is not doing the easy work. My fun is doing what's me.
I don't go out unless I'm working. My quality time is when I'm doing nothing.
I think if I heard someone else talking about their life, describing all the problems I've had, they'd look like they were through. Done. But there's something about me - I'm smiling. Those things are really not bad enough to put me in a slump. I'm smiling with the opportunity to wake up every morning.
Calling Michelle 'Obama Barack's baby mama?' Tell me, is that acceptable? But the Obamas aren't the only targets. Fox's pattern of race-baiting and fear-mongering regularly focuses on black leaders, black institutions and ordinary black people.
DJs play a big responsibility of what hip-hop is doing... At the end of the day, it's up to us to control and to own hip-hop. DJs need to challenge us rappers. They got so much power, they need to challenge us.
N.Y. hip-hop is ok, but we gotta become brave again; we have to be brave enough and do something new - that's what New York is about... New.
Your look reflects what's happening in your mind. You gotta have some swag to you.
GaGa is one of my favourites. Her voice is incredible and she's fearless and she's ahead of the game. She's ahead of the entire game, and I admire that.
I'll always love rap, no matter what's going on.
Hip-hop is bigger than the South; hip-hop is bigger than New York.
I talk about life, and I make universal music with an American style - and that's what I do.
Anybody I'm dating, I don't want them to talk about my music. I don't talk about my music to them.
I think the fact that I made enough noise in the world that I might be remembered is an amazing achievement. You can't ask for more than that.
I had a pretty public divorce. They're not easy - divorces - and it took me a long time to really get through.
I've been called everything. Gangsta rap. I've been called conscious rap. You know, everything. Whoever feels like calling it whatever they want to call it, that's on them.
Africa has been going through so much for so many years; it's time that it stands up the way other nations are standing up.
Let's not forget, art can sell. You ain't gotta front all the time on your records.
Hip-hop is really standoffish. It's really competitive and it's really about who's number one all the time. Sometimes it gets out of hand.
I want to sound like an instrument. I want my voice and my words to marry the beat. I go with the rhythm of it and the words start to come to my mind and those words could be based on things that's been on my mind for the past year, the past month, the past week, whatever; I write it.
Hip-hop is making a lot of noise. It should get some more spotlight.
To me, creatively challenging myself is my version of owning the Nets.
'Life Is Good' represents the most beautiful, dramatic and heavy moments in my life.
I'm just little me, an American who wants to see his country do better.
My record company had to beg me to stop filmin' music videos in the projects. No matter what the song was about, I had 'em out there.
I'm not talking about Russia in my music. I've never been to Russia. I'm not talking about Africa, Switzerland, China. I'm talking about me being American and growing up in a crazy world and helping to reflect all different sides of life.
'Stillmatic' is the rebirth of 'Illmatic,' my first debut album to come out in 1994. 'Stillmatic' is me coming full circle in my career and with everything, and just bringing pure hip-hop back.
I never stood for any president in my life, never voted, before Barack Obama. It changed my life to vote. It starts there with me. I never cared for politics before Barack Obama. I never thought it mattered to people like me.
I see N.Y. hip-hop like I see N.Y. streets. N.Y. streets are grimy; it's a grind. N.Y. rappers are hustlers - whatever sound is in, we can adapt to that; there's nothing wrong with that.
The things that I have said when I was young and curious about whatever the subject matter was, I respect those - those are growing pains. Even if you make mistakes, I go back to those things, my not-so-great moments because those are my truest moments; those are my human moments. I'm not even mad at the things I said that were a little dicey.
I like the way hip-hop is now. It's grown up enough so that it can get involved with politics if it feels like it.
There was a side of me that knew I was gonna change the game, but I didn't know how many people would respect it.
I love the art world, I love art galleries, I love what it means - I love art.
I think marriage is a beautiful thing. I'm still a supporter of it.
Man, me and Biggie were the biggest artists in New York. When he passed, I was so messed up. My attitude was messed up about him dying. There was an East-West thing back then, and I was in war mode.
When I say 'hip-hop is dead,' basically, America is dead. There is no political voice. Music is dead.
Hip-hop artists, especially the older ones, are the ones who knew hip-hop was a worldwide phenomenon before the mainstream caught on, so hip-hop artists are forward thinkers. We want to stay with the new.
Hip-hop lasted and survived all these years that you have to give it credit. Even though it's not up to people's expectations anymore, its still here, and that's says a lot.
It's never been seen that a street artist go as far as I've gone - keep consistent without wanting to do a bunch of ventures outside of music to keep my face out there.
You know, rap is sort of like a form of talking, right? So it's like you can hear, you know, the slaves doing it. You can hear, like, you know, Africans and Jamaicans doing it just kind of as, like, a rhythmic, poetic conversation, you know, to a rhythm.
The sound of the '90s, to me, is a combination of soul and street - it's a feeling.
Unfortunately, man, a lot of places in America have to deal with unnecessary violence. Somebody like me who knows it firsthand and could relate... I had a best friend killed, plenty other friends killed. I been through it. I seen it.
I think the hip-hop purists are purists through and through. They're here to criticize all of us. That's just how it is. We as MC's criticize each other. That's the nature of hip-hop.
I think I've had the longest career of strength, focus, and still being able to sell records. I think I'm that guy. I'm still blessed with the opportunity to make music and pass out a message like, 'Life is good,' to the world.

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