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Nas

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 (1992), 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.”

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Nas, Fabolous To Perform at Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival 2016

From Queensbridge to Brooklyn Bridge, Nas and Fabolous have been tapped to headline this year’s 2016 12th annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival! Organized by the Brooklyn Bodega, INC. the 12th annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival from July 13th-16th the entire Hip-Hop nation is invited to the Borough of Brooklyn for four days of beats, rhymes,…

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Rick Ross Teams Up With Nas on "One of Us" (Listen Now)

Black Market’s on the way and Rozay’s got the heated goods to put on display for sale–one of the items “One of Us” featuring Nas. Click above and listen to Ross and Esco spit about tailored clothes, fashion magazines, getting money and bodies. Black Market hits online and stores December 4th.

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Nas Announces SXSW Showcase With Mass Appeal

Nas will be hosting Mass Appeal’s LIVE AT THE BBQ as a two-part event, consisting of a Day Party and Night Party. The day party will feature performances from Rae Sremmurd, Mike Will Made-It, Mannie Fresh, Salva, Goldlink, Brenmar, Two-9, Earthgang, and more. The night party will feature performances from Migos, Joey Bada$$, Kevin Gates,…

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Nas Performs at 2015 NBA All-Star Game

Check out the clip above as Nas hits the stage during the NBA All-Star Game intro performance featuring Christina Aguilera.

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Nas Featured On "Finding Your Roots"

For the upcoming season of “Finding Your Roots”, Dr. Henry Louis Gates sits down with different celebrities to dig into their ancestry and learn about the family roots. One of those people is Nas, and you can check out his preview above at the 1:46 minute mark. The new season begins on September 23rd on…

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Since 1984: Nas Released His Ninth Album, "Untitled" On Def Jam Recordings

On this day, July 15, 2008, Nas’ ninth album, “Untitled” was released on Def Jam Recordings. What’s your favorite track off this album? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Nas Joins Dave Chappelle At Radio City Music Hall

Last night, at Radio City Music Hall, Dave Chappelle continued his week long series of shows and this time had Nas perform after his set. Above, you can check out a short clip of him performing, “NY State Of Mind”.

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Nas Performs At Summer Jam 2014

Last night, one of the performers on the main stage at Summer Jam 2014 was Nas! During his set, he performed a few of his classic tracks as well as bringing Meek Mill. Check out the full set above. New Album Coming Soon!

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Nas Brings Out Lauryn Hill & Damian Marley At Coachella Week 2

Nas was another performer who headed back to Coachella for Week 2. During his performance he decided to bring out, Lauryn Hill to perform “If I Ruled The World” as well as Damian Marley for “Road To Zion”. Below, are some clips from the set.  

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Nas Sits Down With Hypetrak

Nas recently sat down with Hype Trak to speak on his new documentary as well as The 20th Anniversary of his debut album, Illmatic. Last night, the documentary Time Is Illmatic by Erik Parker and One9 has celebrated its premiere at the TriBeCa Film Festival. Released the same week of Illmatic’s 20th anniversary and the…

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Nas On Huff Post Live

Nas is making rounds promoting the re-release of his debut album, Illmatic and yesterday he took a stop by HuffPost Live to speak on a few things including, the re-release, his illustrious career, the state of hip-hop and what “Illmatic XX” means to him. Check out the full interview above.

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Nas Performance at Coachella 2014

Watch Nas’ performance at Coachella 2014 last night. He ran through the classic “Illmatic” album in celebration of it’s 20th year anniversary but also touched on other joints like “Made You Look” and a special surprise performance by Jay-Z on “Dead Presidents”. Overall, a great performance by God’s Son. Check it out.

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Zane Lowe Interviews Nas

Nas was recently overseas promoting the 20th anniversary edition of his Illmatic album and made a stop by BBC Radio to speak with Zane Lowe. They speak on the impact that Illmatic has on hip hop, how music was different in the 90’s, working with Q-Tip, DJ Premier and much more. Listen to the full…

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Nas Performs with Q-Tip & The Roots on The Tonight Show

Last night, Nas took to the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon stage to perform “One Love” featuring Q-Tip alongside the Tonight Show band, The Roots in celebration of the re-release of his classic debut album Illmatic’s 20th Anniversary ILLMATICXX. In an online exclusive, check out Nas & Q-Tip also performing “The World is Yours” alongside…

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Nas on Real Time with Bill Maher

Nas stopped by Real Time with Bill Maher last night. They chopped it up about life, his upcoming projects, politics of course and reveals why he’s unlikely to vote Republican anytime soon. Check it out. Also, check out the continued discussion on Overtime which air’s on HBO Go, after the show goes off air below….

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Nas and Michael Eric Dyson Speak At Georgetown

Earlier this week, Nas and professor Michael Eric Dyson sat down for a conversation about his album, Illmatic and its impact in hip hop over the past 20 years, the state of Hip-Hop and much more. Check out the full conversation above moderated by professor James Peterson of Lehigh University.  

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Nas At Mass Appeal & GrooveShark’s SXSW Takeover

Mass Appeal x GrooveShark’s #SXSWTakeover took place this past weekend and among the many performers was Nasir. VIBE was in attendance and was able to catch footage of him performing his track, “The World Is Yours”. New Album Coming Soon!

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Nas Speaks On "Tanning Of America"

Tanning Of America, the book by Steve Stoute has become a documentary which aired last night on VH1. The Stashed was at the premiere of the new documentary and spoke to Nas, Steve Stoute and Don Dapper to get their opinions on the series, what to expect from the documntary and hip-hop’s acceptance into the…

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Nas "Time is Illmatic" Documentary Clip

Time is Illmatic will be opening the annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on April 16th! The documentary will take us behind the scenes at the making of Illmatic and much more. Take a look at a clip above.

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Nas Performs At Hennessy Super Bowl Afterparty

It was a busy weekend with so many parties going on for The Superbowl. One of those included The Hennessy Super Bowl afterparty in NYC with Nas. In case you were not in attendance, IBOTV. got you covered with a recap. Check it out above.  

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Will Nas Ever Record "Illmatic Part 2"?

Mikey Fresh of VIBE Magazine recently sat down with Nas in L.A. for Grammy Weekend and asked him if he would ever recording a Part 2 to his album, Illmatic. Check out above what he had to say. Nas “Life is Good” Available Everywhere Now! Click here to download the Deluxe version on iTunes Click here to…

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How Nas Has Changed Hip-Hop

This past weekend in L.A., VIBE honored Nas at the 2nd annual VIBE Impact Awards. A number of people were in attendance including, NO I.D. Swizz Beatz and many more. Up top, interviewed a number of artists & celebrities and asked how Nas has changed Hip-Hop. “One thing I never want to be is mainstream,”…

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Primitive Apparel Presents Nas & Paul Rodriguez at AGENDA Emerger

A few weeks back, Nas was the special guest at AGENDA Emerge. In case you weren’t in attendance, Primitive Apparel gives us the recap from the event. Earlier this month at Agenda Long Beach, creatives and mentors from across the board came together to speak on their labels and experiences as entrepreneurs as part of Agenda’s Emerge initiative. Amid…

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Hip-Hop at Harvard: Nas' Fellowship at Harvard University

As reported last year, Nas has joined with Harvard University to create a  Hip-Hop fellowship; aiming to fund students involved in hip-hop-related projects. San Francisco-based design studio Ammunition has documented the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship in action by highlighting applicant and Boston artist Jared Bridgeman holding hip-hop workshop at a high school in Cambridge, MA….

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