Nas, byname of Nasir receptacle Olu Dara Jones, additionally called Nasty Nas, (conceived September 14, 1973, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.), American rapper and lyricist who turned into an overwhelming voice in 1990s East Coast hip-hop. Nas constructed a notoriety for being an expressive recorder of internal city road life.
Nasir Jones, the child of a jazz performer, experienced childhood in open lodging in Queens, New York. He dropped out of school in the eighth grade and scanned for an imaginative outlet, at last settling on hip-hop. His leap forward came in 1992, when his melody “Half Time” (credited to Nasty Nas) showed up on the soundtrack to the film Zebrahead. Columbia Records before long marked him to an agreement. His introduction recording as Nas, Illmatic (1994), drew far reaching approval for its idyllic portrayal of hard-edged inward city life.
The more pop-arranged methodology of It Was Written (1996) helped that collection contact an even more extensive group of spectators than its forerunner yet touched off a repetitive strain in Nas’ vocation between the hunger of the pop crowd and the requests of hip-hop perfectionists. He kept up his business advance with I Am… (1999), in spite of the fact that at that point he had additionally turned out to be involved in an open quarrel with individual rapper Jay-Z over which of the two was the superior voice in East Coast hip-hop. The break motivated Stillmatic (2001), which numerous fans thought about an arrival to shape, and was alluded to on the more close to home God’s Son (2002), which was likewise a reaction to the demise of Nas’ mom. The two rappers freely settled their disparities in 2005, and presently Nas marked with Def Jam, of which Jay-Z was president at the time.
Nas’ propensity for incitement checked Hip Hop Is Dead (2006) and an untitled development (2008), while Life Is Good (2012) struck a thoughtful tone. He additionally remarkably teamed up with reggae performer Damian Marley (the most youthful child of Bob Marley) on the collection Distant Relatives (2010). Nasir (2018), created by Kanye West, was viewed by numerous analysts as disillusioning, not least since it neglected to address charges of maltreatment from his previous (2005–10) spouse, vocalist Kelis.
Nas additionally shown up, quite in Belly (1998), a wrongdoing dramatization wherein he featured inverse rapper DMX, and Black Nativity (2013), an adjustment of Langston Hughes’ gospel play. In 2018 he showed up in the autonomous film Monster, in light of an acclaimed novel by Walter Dean Myers.