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Background information
Birth name Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones
Also known as Nasty Nas
Origin Queensbridge, Queens, New York
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, actor
Instruments sampler, Keyboards
Years active 1989–present
Labels Columbia, Def Jam, Ill Will, The Jones Experience
Associated acts Olu Dara, The Firm, Bravehearts, Kelis, Mobb Deep, Damian Marley, Large Professor, Wu-Tang Clan

Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones[1] born September 14, 1973), who performs under the name Nas is the son of jazz musician Olu Dara, he was born and raised in the Queensbridge housing projects in New York City. His debut album Illmatic, released in 1994 by Columbia Records, was critically acclaimed and would go on to be widely hailed a classic in the genre. Nas was part of hip-hop supergroup The Firm, which released one album.

  1. "Pregnant singer Kelis set to divorce rapper Nas". New York Daily News. 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2009-10-25.