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Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones (; born September 14, 1973), better known by his stage name Nas (), is an American rapper and businessman. Rooted in East Coast hip hop, he is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time.The son of jazz musician Olu Dara, Jones's musical career began in 1989 as he adopted the moniker of "Nasty Nas" and recorded demos for Large Professor. He was a featured artist on Main Source's "Live at the Barbeque" (1991), also produced by Large Professor. 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 2021, 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.

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. About.com 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 fourteen studio albums since 1994, ten of which are certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum in the U.S.

Articles

August 11, 2022

Lil Nas X & Hailey Bieber Team Up for ‘Vogue World’ Fashion Event

Vogue World will take place during NYFW and will feature a runway show presenting the publication's favorite pieces from the fall 2022 collections.

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August 11, 2022

Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus’ ‘Old Town Road’ Music Video Hits 1 Billion Views on YouTube

This is the first time a video by either artist has reached the milestone.

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August 9, 2022

The 12 Spiciest Musician ‘Hot Ones’ Episodes, From Lil Nas X to Dave Grohl

Here's our list of 'Hot Ones' hits, from Olivia Rodrigo and Billie Eilish to Megan Thee Stallion and Post Malone.

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August 4, 2022

Lil Nas X heaps praise on Beyoncé’s ‘Renaissance’: “So much intention was put into this”

Filed under “collaborations that need to happen ASAP” The post Lil Nas X heaps praise on Beyoncé’s ‘Renaissance’: “So much intention was put into this” appeared first on NME.

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August 3, 2022

Lil Nas X Raves Beyoncé’s ‘Renaissance’ Is ‘Changing My Life Somehow’

The "Industry Baby" rapper is definitely part of the BeyHive.

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July 27, 2022

Nas, the Bangles, Black Keys Prep Pink Vinyl Reissues for ‘Ten Bands One Cause’ Fundraiser

Allman Brothers, Senses Fail, Judah and the Lion will also reissue records to help raise money for the cancer charity, Red Door Community

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July 26, 2022

Kendrick Lamar, Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow lead MTV VMA 2022 nominations

Harry Styles, Doja Cat and Taylor Swift could also be up for big hauls The post Kendrick Lamar, Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow lead MTV VMA 2022 nominations appeared first on NME.

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July 26, 2022

Jack Harlow, Kendrick Lamar and Lil Nas X Lead 2022 VMA Nominations

Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, Doja Cat and Billie Eilish are among the other nominees for this year's ceremony

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July 22, 2022

Meet Marilyn Monteroe: Lil Nas X Recreates One of Marilyn Monroe’s Most Iconic Looks

The rapper channeled the actress' classic 'Seven Year Itch' look with his own billowing white outfit.

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July 15, 2022

Years & Years’ Olly Alexander Wishes Himself a Happy Birthday With a Lil Nas X Cover: Listen

The new cover comes after a busy month of festival dates and touring for the U.K. pop project.

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July 15, 2022

Years & Years share stripped-back cover of Lil Nas X’s ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’

Olly Alexander has hailed X as a "king" The post Years & Years share stripped-back cover of Lil Nas X’s ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’ appeared first on NME.

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July 15, 2022

Mass Appeal Drops 'DJ Premier: Hip Hop 50 Volume 1' f/ Nas, Lil Wayne, Remy Ma, and More

The five-track EP kicks off Mass Appeal's 'The Soundtrack' series, a collection of 10 curated projects that celebrate 50 years of hip-hop culture.

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July 11, 2022

Mass Appeal Announces ‘DJ Premier: Hip-Hop 50 Volume 1’ EP f/ Nas, Lil Wayne, Joey Badass, Remy Ma, and More

Mass Appeal is celebrating 50 years of hip-hop with 'The Soundtrack,' a series of EPs comprised of new music from some of the genre’s defining producers.

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July 9, 2022

DJ Premier Teases Forthcoming Nas Collaboration

DJ Premier took to Twitter this week to tease a forthcoming release with his frequent collaborator Nas, which the legendary producer says is coming July 15.

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July 9, 2022

After ‘Old Town Road,’ Lil Nas X Says He Doesn’t Want to ‘Milk Any of My Songs Like That Again’

The Grammy winner explained that extending his music's rollout "takes the fun out of creating new things."

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July 7, 2022

Here Are the Lyrics to Lil Nas X & Youngboy Never Broke Again’s ‘Late to Da Party (F*CK BET)’

Follow along with Lil Nas X and Young Boy Never Broke Again's track taking aim at BET.

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July 7, 2022

The Art of Stillz: The Elusive Creative Visionary Talks About His Most Memorable Videos

Known for his work with Bad Bunny, Lil Nas X, and Rosalia, Stillz is one of the most in-demand video directors in the game

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July 4, 2022

Crosby, Stills & Nash’s music returns to Spotify

Of the news, David Crosby said: “I don’t own it now and the people who do are in business to make money" The post Crosby, Stills & Nash’s music returns to Spotify appeared first on NME.

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June 27, 2022

Lil Nas X Speaks on ‘Painful’ Relationship With BET

Fresh off dissing BET on his new single "Late to da Party," Lil Nas X gave a statement about his protracted "painful" relationship with the network.

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June 27, 2022

Lil Nas X: “My relationship with BET has been painful and strained for quite some time”

The rapper and his team allege certain producers from the network were "upset" by his performance at the 2021 ceremony, in which he kissed one of his backup dancers The post Lil Nas X: “My relationship with BET has been painful and strained for quite some time” appeared first on NME.

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June 26, 2022

Jack Harlow Wears Lil Nas X Shirt on 2022 BET Awards Red Carpet

"wow i really love this man," Lil Nas X tweeted as photos of Harlow's red carpet style surfaced.

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June 26, 2022

Ahead of BET Awards, Lil Nas X Details ‘Painful’ History With Network

“They did let me perform on their show last year, but only after giving assurances that I was not a devil worshiper, and that my performance would be appropriate for their audience," rapper says

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June 26, 2022

How the BET Awards Are Responding to Lil Nas X, Celebrating Diddy & Leaning ‘Into the Music’

Outside the show's A-list announcements, BET CEO Scott Mills promises surprises: "[We're] definitely holding something back."

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June 24, 2022

Charlie Puth & Jungkook, Taylor Swift, Lil Nas X & More: Which New Music Release Is Your Favorite? Vote!

If you could only choose one of these songs or albums to keep on repeat all weekend, who would it be?

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June 24, 2022

First Stream: Taylor Swift Drops New Track ‘Carolina’, BTS’ Jungkook Teams Up With Charlie Puth, Lil Nas X Debuts His BET Diss Track & More | Billboard News

This week, Taylor Swift visits the spot where the crawdads sing, Lil Nas X has some thoughts on an awards snub, and BTS’ Jungkook and Charlie Puth team up for new song ‘Left and Right.’

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June 24, 2022

First Out: New Music From Lil Nas X, Muna, Dove Cameron & More

Plus, new queer-tinged pop jams from Hayley Kiyoko, Tove Lo & Fletcher.

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June 24, 2022

Lil Nas X takes another shot at BET in NBA YoungBoy collab ‘Late To Da Party’

“Fuck BET,” he chants on the punchy new track The post Lil Nas X takes another shot at BET in NBA YoungBoy collab ‘Late To Da Party’ appeared first on NME.

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June 24, 2022

Lil Nas X Takes Direct Aim at BET in ‘Late to Da Party’ Feat. YoungBoy Never Broke Again: Stream Now

In case anyone was wondering who Lil Nas X thinks is "late to da party," now we know.

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June 24, 2022

Lil Nas X Shades the BET Awards on New Song “Late to da Party”

The single features YoungBoy Never Broke Again and addresses Lil Nas X’s recent snub from the 2022 nominations

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Discs

Magic

December 24, 2021

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Big Nas (Original Song from Masterclass)

October 7, 2021

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King's Disease II

August 6, 2021

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It Was Written (Expanded Edition)

July 2, 2021

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Life is Like a Dice Game - Spotify Singles

July 1, 2021

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SORRY NOT SORRY (feat. Nas, JAY-Z & James Fauntleroy) [Harmonies by The Hive]

April 28, 2021

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EPMD

February 12, 2021

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Fallen Stars Flying (Original Song From Between The World And Me)

November 20, 2020

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God Body Flow

October 30, 2020

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Peace Queen

October 23, 2020

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King's Disease

August 21, 2020

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History Lessons

August 16, 2020

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Ultra Black (feat. Hit-Boy)

August 14, 2020

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Ultra Black

August 14, 2020

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Rodeo (feat. Nas)

January 27, 2020

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The Lost Tapes 2

July 19, 2019

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Jarreau Of Rap (Skatt Attack)

July 12, 2019

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NY Se Mumbai

February 12, 2019

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NASIR

June 15, 2018

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Illmatic: Live from the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra

April 20, 2018

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On the Road Again (Music from The American Epic Sessions)

May 12, 2017

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Deep

October 12, 2016

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I'm a Villain (Instrumental)

October 31, 2014

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Illmatic XX

April 15, 2014

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Villian

October 15, 2013

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Life Is Good (Deluxe)

July 17, 2012

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Life Is Good

July 17, 2012

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Life Is Good (Edited Version)

January 1, 2012

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Life Is Good (Explicit Version)

January 1, 2012

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Distant Relatives

May 18, 2010

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Untitled

January 1, 2008

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Nas

January 1, 2008

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Hip Hop Is Dead (Expanded Edition)

January 23, 2007

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Nissan Live Sets On Yahoo! Music

January 1, 2007

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Street's Disciple

November 30, 2004

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QB 2 Compton Ringtones

January 1, 2003

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God's Son

December 13, 2002

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Made You Look (Remix Featuring Jadakiss & Ludacris)

September 10, 2002

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The Lost Tapes

January 1, 2002

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Stillmatic

December 18, 2001

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Nastradamus

November 23, 1999

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I Am...

April 6, 1999

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It Was Written

July 2, 1996

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Illmatic

April 19, 1994

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Halftime EP

January 1, 1994

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