Nas (US rapper)

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Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones (/nɑːˈsɪər/; born September 14, 1973), better known as Nas /ˈnɑːz/, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and actor. The son of jazz musician Olu Dara, Nas has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums and sold over 25 million records worldwide since 1994. He is also an entrepreneur through his own record label; he serves as associate publisher of Mass Appeal magazine and is the owner of a Fila sneaker store. He is currently signed to Mass Appeal Records.

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. He did Illmatic‍ '​s "N.Y. State of Mind" in one take.

Nas' follow-up album, It Was Written, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, stayed on top for four consecutive weeks, went Platinum twice in only two months, and made Nas internationally known. From 2001 to 2005, Nas was involved in a highly publicized feud with rapper Jay Z. In 2006, Nas signed to Def Jam. In 2010, he released a collaboration album with reggae artist Damian Marley, donating all royalties to charities active in Africa. His eleventh studio album, Life Is Good, was released in 2012, and was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.

Nas is often named as one of the greatest hip hop artists. MTV ranked him at number 5 on their list of The Greatest MCs of All Time. In 2012, The Source ranked him No. 2 on their list of the "Top 50 Lyricists of All Time". In 2013, Nas was ranked fourth on MTV's "Hottest MCs in the Game" list. In 2014, ranked him No. 1 on their list of the "50 Greatest MCs of All Time". He has five number-one albums on the Billboard 200, tying him with Eminem and Kanye West for second place among all-time rappers.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Illmatic Nas 4 8
1996 It Was Written Nas 4 2
1999 I Am… Nas 3 4
1999 Nastradamus Nas 2
2001 Stillmatic Nas 4 6
2002 The Lost Tapes Nas 4 2
2002 God’s Son Nas 4 3
2004 Street’s Disciple Nas 3 2
2006 Hip Hop Is Dead Nas 3 2
2008 [untitled] Nas 4 3
2010 Distant Relatives Nas & Damian Marley 4 3
2012 Life Is Good Nas 3.5 7

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 The Best of Nas Nas 1
2007 The Lost Prophecy Nas 1
2007 Greatest Hits Nas 3

Album + Mixtape/Street

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 God's Gangster Nas & Q. Tones 1
2014 Reanimated DJ Semi & Nas 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 From Illmatic to Stillmatic (The Remixes) Nas 1
2004 It Was... Remixed (Rare Unreleased & remixed) Nas 1
2008 The Nigger Tape Nas & DJ Green Lantern 1
2010 The Lost Tapes 1.5 (Remixtape) Cookin’ Soul & Don Cannon present Nas 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Halftime Nasty Nas 1
1994 One Love Nas 2
1994 It Ain’t Hard to Tell Nas 3
1996 If I Ruled the World Nas 3
1996 Understanding / Life Is Like a Dice Game Nas 1
1997 Affirmative Action (Saint-Denis Style Remix) Nas & NTM 1
1998 The Grand Finale DMX, Method Man, Nas & Ja Rule 2
1999 Hate Me Now Nas 1
2001 Oochie Wally QB Finest feat. Nas & Bravehearts 1
2002 Got Ur Self a… Nas 1
2002 One Mic Nas 1
2003 Made You Look (remix) Nas 1
2004 Bridging the Gap Nas 1
2004 Thief's Theme Nas 1
2005 Unreleased Cuts Nas 1
2005 Don't Body Ya Self / Da Niggaz Iz Comin Nas / Blazhay 1
2005 New York Nas 1
2011 It's a Tower Heist Nas & Rick Ross 1
2012 Dog S#!T Mobb Deep feat. Nas 1
2012 The Don Nas 1
2012 Daughters Nas 1
2012 Hard to Love Somebody Arlissa vs. Nas 1
2014 The Season Nas 1
2015 God It De La Soul x Nas 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 OG Status Nas 1
Living Legends Chapter 1 Nas 1
Uncommonly Nasty Nas & Common 1

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