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Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones ( /nɑːˈsɪər/; born September 14, 1973), better known mononymously as Nas ( /ˈnɑːz/), is an American rapper and actor. He is also the son of jazz musician Olu Dara. Nas has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums since 1994, four of which topped the Billboard charts upon release and has sold over thirteen-million records in the United States alone. Nas was also part of the hip hop supergroup The Firm, which released one album under Dr. Dre's record label Aftermath. Aside from rapping, Nas is also an occasional actor and has appeared in feature films such as Hype Williams' directorial debut Belly, Ticker and In Too Deep and the television show Hawaii Five-0. His rise to fame began in 1991 with his feature on hip hop group Main Source's debut album on the track "Live at the Barbeque". In the years that followed, Nas garnered attention from music industry A & R's and record labels with more impressive features and a solo single "Halftime". His debut album Illmatic, released in 1994 by Columbia Records, received universal acclaim from both critics and the hip hop community and would go on to be widely hailed as a musical landmark and a

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 >

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 >

- 1275 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 >

- 1347 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 >

- 1384 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 >

- 1386 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 >

- 1425 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 >

- 1428 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 >

- 1429 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 >

- 1790 days ago
Nas Feels the Pain of Home Ownership

Nas Feels the Pain of Home Ownership

It's tough being a rapper trying to eke out a living with an ex-wife, a kid and an out-of-control mortgage ... but Nas may have figured out a way to stay afloat.TMZ obtained legal docs in which… READ MORE >

- 1987 days ago

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