Nas (US rapper)

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Legal name: Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones


Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones (; born September 14, 1973), better known by his stage name Nas (), is an American rapper. Rooted in East Coast hip hop, he is regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time. The son of jazz musician Olu Dara, Jones began his musical career in 1989 as he adopted the moniker of "Nasty Nas" and recorded demos for Large Professor. He was later featured on the 1991 song "Live at the Barbeque" by Main Source.

Nas's debut album, Illmatic (1994), received universal acclaim upon release, and is considered to be one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time; in 2020, the album was inducted into the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry. His second album It Was Written (1996) debuted atop the Billboard 200 and charted for four consecutive weeks; the album, along with its single "If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)" (featuring Lauryn Hill), catapulted Nas into international success. Both released in 1999, Nas's albums I Am and Nastradamus were criticized as inconsistent and too commercially oriented, and critics and fans feared that his output was declining in quality.

From 2001 to 2005, Nas was involved in a highly publicized feud with Jay-Z, popularized by the diss track "Ether". It was this feud, along with Nas's albums Stillmatic (2001), God's Son (2002), and the double album Street's Disciple (2004), that helped restore his critical standing. After squashing the feud, Nas signed to Jay-Z's Def Jam Recordings in 2006 and went in a more provocative, politicized direction with the albums Hip Hop Is Dead (2006) and his untitled 9th studio album (2008). In 2010, Nas released Distant Relatives, a collaboration album with Damian Marley, donating all royalties to charities active in Africa. His 10th studio album, Life Is Good (2012), was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. After receiving thirteen nominations, his 12th studio album, King's Disease (2020), won him his first Grammy for Best Rap Album at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards; he then followed it by releasing his 13th studio album, King's Disease II (2021), as the album's sequel. In the same year, his 14th studio album, Magic, was released on Christmas Eve. King's Disease III (2022) is his fourth consecutive album with producer Hit-Boy.

In 2012, The Source ranked him second on their list of the "Top 50 Lyricists of All Time". In 2013, Nas was ranked 4th on MTV's "Hottest MCs in the Game" list. ranked him first on their list of the "50 Greatest MCs of All Time" in 2014, and a year later, Nas was featured on the "10 Best Rappers of All Time" list by Billboard. He is also an entrepreneur through his own record label; he serves as associate publisher of Mass Appeal magazine and the co-founder of Mass Appeal Records. Nas has released fifteen studio albums since 1994, ten of which are certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum in the U.S.

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1996It Was WrittenNas3.657
1999I Am…Nas39
2002God’s SonNas44
2004Street’s DiscipleNas3.55
2006Hip Hop Is DeadNas3.355
2006NapalmNas presents Nashawn21
2010Distant RelativesNas & Damian Marley3.757
2012Life Is GoodNas3.358
2020King’s DiseaseNas7
2021King’s Disease IINas4
2022King’s Disease IIINas3

Album + Compilation

2001The Best of NasNas1
2002The Lost TapesNas33
2007Greatest HitsNas3
2011Soul Ultimate Experience, Vol.1Nas1
2013Playlist: The Very Best of NasNas1
2013The Essential NASNas1
2019The Lost Tapes IINas35

Album + Live

2018Illmatic: Live from the Kennedy CenterNas1

Album + Remix

2002From Illmatic to Stillmatic (The Remixes)Nas2
2011NY State of Mind, Vol. 1Cookin’ Soul presents 50 Cent, Jay‐Z & Nas31
2014SoulmaticNas x Cookin’ Soul33

Album + Remix + Mixtape/Street

2010The Lost Tapes 1.5Cookin’ Soul & Don Cannon present Nas34

Album + Mixtape/Street

2004The Best of NasNas2
2008God’s GangsterNas & Q. Tones1
2008The Nigger TapeNas & DJ Green Lantern1
2011Soul Ultimate Experience, Vol. 2 : Good MusicNas1
2014ReanimatedDJ Semi & Nas1
2014Soul Ultimate Experience, Vol. 3 : Back in dayNas1

Album + Demo

1991Original Demo TapeNas33


1992HalftimeNasty Nas1
1994The World Is YoursNas1
1994One LoveNas3
1994It Ain’t Hard to TellNas5
1996If I Ruled the WorldNas4
1996Street DreamsNas4
1996Street Dreams (The Remixes)Nas1
1996Understanding / Life Is Like a Dice GameNas1
1997Affirmative Action (Saint-Denis Style remix)Nas & NTM2
1998The Grand FinaleDMX, Method Man, Nas & Ja Rule2
1999Hate Me NowNas3
2000I've Got To Have ItJermaine Dupri & Nas Feat. Monica1
2001Oochie WallyQB Finest featuring Nas & Bravehearts1
2001Let ’em Hang / Crushed LinenNas - Lake / Lake1
2002Got Ur Self a…Nas1
2002I CanNas2
2002One MicNas2
2003Made You Look (remix)Nas1
2004Bridging the GapNas2
2004Thief’s ThemeNas1
2005Unreleased CutsNas1
2005Don't Body Ya Self / Da Niggaz Iz CominNas / Blazhay1
2005New YorkNas1
2010As We EnterDamian Marley & Nas1
2011It’s a Tower HeistNas & Rick Ross1
2012Dog S#!TMobb Deep feat. Nas1
2012The DonNas1
2012Hard to Love SomebodyArlissa vs. Nas1
2014HustleRocko feat. Nas & Atozzio1
2014The SeasonNas1
2015God ItDe La Soul x Nas1
2019ThrivingMJB X Nas2
2019NY Se MumbaiNas, Divine, Naezy, Ranveer Singh1
2021EPMDNas & Hit‐Boy1
2021Life Is Like a Dice GameNas, Cordae & Freddie Gibbs1
2021CrazeJozyhur & Nas51
2021Big Nas (Original Song from Masterclass)Nas1
2022TomorrowJohn Legend, Nas & Florian Picasso1
2022Be Like WaterPJ Morton feat. Stevie Wonder & Nas1
2022One Mic, One GunNas & 21 Savage1

Single + Soundtrack

2023On My SoulTobe Nwigwe & Nas feat. Jacob Banks1

Single + Remix

2007Where Are They Now (remix)Nas1
2013Nas Is Like (Poldoore Remix)Nas1
2020RodeoNas x Nas21
2020Fight the Power: Remix 2020Public Enemy featuring Nas, Rapsody, Black Thought, Jahi, YG & Questlove1


1996Escobar - The Remix EPNas1
1999Nas Is Like / Dr. KnockbootsNas1
2017In My GhettoNas1

EP + Compilation

2020Peace QueenNas1
2020God Body FlowNas1

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