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      Nas

      Nas

      Highest Rated: 100% Shake the Dust (2014)

      Lowest Rated: 20% Belly (1998)

      Birthday: Sep 14, 1973

      Birthplace: Queens, New York, USA

      Beginning with the landmark 1994 debut Illmatic, Nas (born Nasir Jones) became a towering figure in East Coast rap. Born in Brooklyn, Nas is the son of jazz cornetist/guitarist Olu Dara. Nas moved to Queens after his parents divorced and he dropped out of grade school. He began recording as a teenager, first stirring up notice as a guest rapper on the Main Source album track "Live at the Barbeque" (which was never a single) and then teamed up with MC Serch of 3rd Bass, who managed Nas, used him on his own tracks and ultimately got him signed (However, Def Jam's Russell Simmons was among the label execs who turned down the demo that became Illmatic). The album was purely New York in its subject matter, detailing the desperation of life in the projects and the rapper's struggles to escape them; there are also moments of upbeat escape. His verbal acuity earned comparisons to everyone from Rakim to Bob Dylan, and the album's multi-producer approach, with a different sound on every track, was emulated by many rappers afterward. Illmatic almost single-handedly shifted the nexus of rap from the West Coast back to the East, with the rise of the Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z still to come. While Nas' followup work never had quite as much cultural impact, his commercial and critical fortunes have seldom flagged in the following decades. There were grumbles that his second album It Was Written slanted toward pop (which it partly did, though much of the album had an underworld/drug trade theme), yet it outsold Illmatic and hit Number One. He next planned to make a double CD that would tell his life story; however the initial sessions were leaked online and he cut I Am down to a single disc. Notably it included the Tupac/B.I.G. tribute "We Will Survive" which included a swipe at Jay-Z; the fallout from this would stretch for years to come. Jay-Z responded with the track "Takeover" (which claimed Nas "Had a spark when you started but now you're just garbage") and from there the battle was on. Nas teased his next album Stillmatic-- less a sequel to his debut that a reclaiming of his territory-with the single "Ether," whose first line was "Fuck Jay-Z!" It would be another four years before they buried the hatchet, appearing together on Nas' album Hip-Hop is Dead-- which also buried the East/West Coast hatchet by including Dr. Dre and the Game. Meanwhile Nas made some smart business investments, including Dropbox and Lyft along with opening his own sneaker store and starting a clothing line, HSTRY. Nas' twelfth album, 2018's Nasir, was a collaboration with Kanye West who co-wrote and co-produced. It continued his three-decade hit streak by entering the Billboard chart at Number Five, while prompting the usual head-scratching about whether Nas could ever top his debut.

      Highest rated movies

      Time Is Illmatic poster
      Time Is Illmatic
      Fresh Dressed poster
      Fresh Dressed
      Monster poster
      Monster
      Black Nativity poster
      Black Nativity
      In Too Deep poster
      In Too Deep
      Belly poster
      Belly

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Coin Unknown (Character) - 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet You're Watching Video Music Box Director - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Smoke: Marijuana & Black America Narrator (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2020
      70% 70% Monster Raymond "Sunset" Green (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nas, Live From the Kennedy Center With the National Symphony Orchestra Unknown (Character) - 2018
      98% 75% Quest Self $26.8K 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The American Epic Sessions Music Performer - 2016
      86% 62% I Am Bolt Unknown (Voice) - 2016
      70% 61% The Land Executive Producer $18.0K 2016
      No Score Yet 92% Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives Self - 2015
      91% 55% Fresh Dressed NAS (Character) - 2015
      100% 83% Shake the Dust Executive Producer,
      Original Music
      - 2014
      98% 82% Time Is Illmatic Unknown (Character) $109.3K 2014
      50% 51% Black Nativity Street Prophet (Isaiah) (Character) $7.0M 2013
      85% 79% Tyson Original Song $887.1K 2008
      No Score Yet 80% Murda Muzik Unknown (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 100% Nas - Made You Look: God's Son Live Unknown (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet 16% Ticker Det. Art "Fuzzy" Rice (Character) - 2001
      39% 75% In Too Deep Drug Dealer on Street Corner (Character) $14.0M 1999
      20% 87% Belly Sincere (Character) $9.6M 1998

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Origins of Hip-Hop Narrator 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Supreme Team Executive Producer,
      Director
      2022
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Music Performer 2014 2020
      75% No Score Yet You Ain't Got These Self 2020
      100% No Score Yet AMC Visionaries: Rap Yearbook Unknown (Character) 2019
      No Score Yet 49% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Music Performer 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Poetry in America Guest 2018
      83% 80% Rapture Unknown (Character) 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Great Performances Music Performer 2018
      100% 90% The Defiant Ones Self 2017
      81% 88% The Get Down Executive Producer 2016-2017
      No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Music Performer,
      Guest
      2008 2010 2012 2016
      56% 68% Any Given Wednesday With Bill Simmons Guest 2016
      No Score Yet 87% Finding Your Roots Guest 2014
      No Score Yet 66% Real Time With Bill Maher Guest 2014
      No Score Yet 100% Funny or Die's Billy on the Street Guest 2013
      No Score Yet 100% The Colbert Report Guest 2008 2012
      No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Music Performer 2012
      No Score Yet 71% Hawaii Five-0 Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lopez Tonight Music Performer 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2008