Born 14 September 1973.

US rapper

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Nas: In 3 Records

Benji catches up with Nas in 3 Records.

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Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones (born September 14, 1973), better known as Nas, is an American rapper, songwriter and actor. He is the son of jazz musician Olu Dara. Since 1994, Nas has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums and sold over 25 million records worldwide. Aside from rapping and acting, Nas is an entrepreneur through his own record label, retail sneaker store, and magazine publishing. He serves as Mass Appeal Magazine's associate publisher as well as an owner of a Fila sneaker store. He is currently signed to Def Jam Recordings.

His musical career began in 1991 when he was featured on Main Source's track "Live at the Barbeque". His debut album Illmatic, released in 1994, received universal acclaim from both critics and the hip hop community. It is frequently ranked as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. His follow-up album It Was Written debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Charts, stayed on top for four consecutive weeks, went platinum twice in only two months, and made Nas internationally known.

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  1. Review of Life is Good

    Life is Good 2012

    Reviewed by Marcus J. Moore
    New York rapper sounds rejuvenated on his 10th solo LP.
  2. Review of Untitled

    Untitled 2008

    Reviewed by Elle J Small
    If it's food for thought you're after this album won't disappoint.
  3. Review of Street Disciple

    Street Disciple 2004

    Reviewed by Ruth Jamieson
    It's clear he wants to cure not just the ghetto, but the whole world.
  4. Review of God's Son

    God's Son 2002

    Reviewed by Buki Bakare
    Spectacular 6th chapter in the story of Nasir Jones. Raw hip hop at its best with an...
  5. Review of Illmatic

    Illmatic 1994

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Today, Life Is Good for Nas… but it couldn’t have gone that way without Illmatic.
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