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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, 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."  See full bio on IMDb »

Nas & Kelis -- We're Trying Not to Hate Each Other's Guts

Nas & Kelis
We're Trying Not to Hate Each Other's Guts

Nas & Kelis are desperately trying to bury the hatchet after their famously bitter divorce war -- in fact, they're even trying to forge a FRIENDSHIP -- and Nas tells TMZ, it's all for their… READ MORE >

Nas -- Gold Medal Game Tix Were a Gift from Carmelo and LeBron

Gold Medal Game Tix Were Gift from 'Melo and 'Bron

Nas wasn't planning on being in the stands when Team USA played for the gold medal in basketball ... he wasn't planning on partying with the guys after the game either ... until Carmelo Anthony… READ MORE >

- 1507 days ago
Nas -- Daughter Forgives Him for Screwing Up Birthdate ... in Her Birthday Video!

Nas' Daughter
Forgives His Epic Birthday Gift Screw Up

Nas should be happy his daughter has a good sense of humor -- because we're told she absolutely LOVED the music video for the song he made for her birthday ... even though he got her birthdate… READ MORE >

- 1577 days ago
Nas -- Uncle Sam Is Garnishing His Wages

Uncle Sam to Nas
Your Music Money Is Ours!

The next time you buy a Nas album, you're really just handing your money over to the government -- because the rapper's delinquent tax filings have caused Uncle Sam to begin garnishing his wages… READ MORE >

- 1648 days ago
Nas' Kidnapped Concert Promoter -- I'M FINALLY FREE!!!

Nas' Kidnapped Concert Promoter

49 days after he was kidnapped in Angola following a derailed Nas concert, a U.S. concert promoter is now free to go home ... TMZ has learned.A rep for Patrick Allocco tells us, “An order… READ MORE >

- 1685 days ago
Nas -- Oops, I Made a $339k Mistake

Oops, I Made a $339k Mistake

Nas is great at a lot of things ... rapping, feuding ... but paying taxes isn't one of them ... and now he's on the hook for another $339,000 he allegedly kept from Uncle Sam. According to… READ MORE >

- 1687 days ago
Nas' Kidnapped Concert Promoter -- Still In  Limbo in Angola

Nas' Kidnapped Concert Promoter
Still in Limbo in Angola

Nas' concert promoter who was kidnapped at gunpoint in Angola is still stuck in the country -- caught in a legal stalemate between Nas and the guy who allegedly kidnapped him .. and it's getting… READ MORE >

- 1726 days ago
Nas -- I'll Pay BIG BUCKS to Save Abducted Concert Promoter

I'll Pay BIG BUCKS to Save Abducted Concert Promoter

Rapper Nas is extremely concerned about the safety of a concert promoter who was abducted in Angola ... and says he's ready to cut a big time check to help get the guy back to the USA. TMZ broke… READ MORE >

- 1729 days ago
NAS -- Concert Promoter Claims He Was Kidnapped After Rapper No-Showed in Angola

Concert Promoter Says
He Was Kidnapped Because NAS No-Showed in Angola

An American concert promoter claims he and his son were abducted at gunpoint in Angola ... all because rapper Nas failed to show up for a heavily promoted New Year's Eve concert. A rep for AllGood… READ MORE >

- 1730 days ago
Nas -- Half the Man He Used to Be

Nas -- Half the Man He Used to Be

Nas just had his child and spousal support obligations sliced in half, but he still has to pay ex-wife Kelis a pretty penny ... TMZ has learned.According to legal docs filed in L.A. County… READ MORE >

- 2091 days ago

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