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Background information
Birth nameNasir Jones
Also known asNasty Nas
BornSeptember 17, 1973
Long Island City, Queens, New York
GenresHip hop
Years active1993-present day
LabelsDef Jam
Associated actsJa Rule, Tyler The Creator, Nicki Minaj, Frank Ocean, Kelis, The Notorious B.I.G., 2pac

Nasir Jones (better known as Nas) is an American hip hop musician and actor. He is most known for his first album, Illmatic, which was released in 1994. It has been widely critically acclaimed. Nas has been nominated for twelve Grammy Awards.

Personal life

Nas was born on September 14, 1973 in Long Island City, Queens, New York.

On June 15, 1994, Nas's ex-fiancée Carmen Bryan gave birth to their daughter, Destiny. Nas was married to Kelis from 2005 until they divorced in 2010. She is the mother of his son.


In 2010 Nas released an album with Damian Marley called Distant Relatives. It entered the Billboard 200 at number five. Three singles were released from the album. In 2012 Nas released his eleventh album Life Is Good. He wrote it after he divorced Kelis. The album got good reviews. It was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards. Amy Winehouse sung on the track "Cherry Wine". Nas will release his twelth album in 2014.[1]


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