Nas

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One of the greatest MCs to ever pick up a microphone, Nas has watched as his beloved hip-hop has gone from its innocent days of B-Boy battles and lyrical sport to today's fake-thug posturing and commercial excesses, and he's got something to say about it. Throughout his storied career - which began with 1994's classic Illmatic and has spanned the last decade with over 12 million albums sold - Nas has been more than just the genre's foremost lyricist and thinker. He has become a statesman, some would argue hip-hop's "conscience."

As evidenced by last year's highly-publicized reconciliation with longtime adversary JAY-Z, and his subsequent signing to Def Jam Recordings, Nas has shown that actions speak louder than words: unity is more powerful than divisiveness. The time has come for hip-hop to grow. Now with the release of his critically acclaimed Def Jam debut - the aptly-titled Hip-Hop Is Dead - Nas returns to his role as mentor and teacher, his legendary mic skills as sharp as ever, and takes today's young rappers back to school. The lesson? Hip-Hop - As Nas sees it - is very much alive.

The title track of the album and new single, "Hip Hop Is Dead" is set to a heavy rock beat interspersed with old-school breaks and showcases some of Nas' most dexterous mic work in years.

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25th April 2014 -

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‘Zero Motivation’ and ‘Point and Shoot’ have taken the top prizes at the Tribeca Film Festival. The former picked up the mainaward, that of Best Film, while the latter prospered in the documentary category."Zero Motivation"“Zero...

Nas’ 'Time is Illmatic' Kicks off The Tribeca Film Festival

17th April 2014 -

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'Time is Illmatic’ - directed by multimedia artist and first-time director One9 – kicked off the Tribeca Film Festival yesterday, Wednesday, April 16. The film documents Nas’ time living in the projects to his ascendance...

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17th April 2014 -

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Rapper Nas paid tribute to Robert De Niro at the Tribeca Film Festival, where his documentary Time is Illmatic played as the opening night selection. According to Variety, the crowd at the Beacon Theater practically...

Jay Z Joins Nas For Illmatic Anniversary Performance At Coachella

13th April 2014 -

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Former rap rivals Nas and Jay Z reunited on stage at California's Coachella music festival on Saturday (12Apr14) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the I Can hitmaker's classic Illmatic album.Nas marked the milestone by...

Coachella Saturday Highlights: Muse, Pharrell And Surprises From Jay And Bey

13th April 2014 -

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If you’re at Coachella this year, you won’t be reading this story and if you are… well, this might just make things worse, but here’s a rundown of the best things you’re missing anyway. Saturday...

Buku Music And Art Project 2014 Brings Fantastic Energy From Chance The Rapper and The Glitch Mob

26th March 2014 -

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The Buku Music + Art Project has brought another year of top class music to Mardi Gras World in New Orleans, with memorable performances from Chance The Rapper, Sleigh Bells and The Glitch Mob.When people...

Jennifer Hudson Shows Off Stunning Pixie Crop At 'Black Nativity' NY Premiere - Part 2

20th November 2013 -

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The cast and crew of Christmas musical drama 'Black Nativity' arrive on the red carpet at the New York premiere at the Apollo Theater. Among them are Jennifer Hudson and Nas who are both recording...

Black Nativity

6th November 2013 -

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Christmas time is coming but for young Langston, happy holidays aren't going to come easy. He is forced to take a trip to Harlem, New York to stay with his churchgoing grandparents Reverend Cornell and...

Rapper Nas Becomes Ivy League Guy With Harvard Fellowship

17th July 2013 -

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Rapper Nas - real name Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones - dropped out of school early. From his humble beginnings in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the artist had a shot at cracking the music business and,...

Rihanna joins Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake at Wireless

15th July 2013 -

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Rihanna made a surprise appearance at Yahoo! Wireless festival last night (14.07.13).The 'Diamonds' hitmaker sent fans into a frenzy as she emerged on stage during Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake's joint headlining set to join Jay...

At Wireless Festival, Justin Timberlake And Jay-Z Will Stop At Nothing Short Of Total Domination

13th July 2013 -

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Wireless Festival, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z – a match made in heaven as far as festival organizers, reporters, fans – all those involved really – are concerned. The pair are splitting up the headlining duties...

Black Nativity

4th July 2013 -

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Langston Hughes is a street-smart teenager whose life gets complicated when his beloved mother, with whom he lives alone, gets handed an eviction notice from their Baltimore home as the Christmas holidays approach. In a...

Kim Kardashian Misses Kanye's Birthday As Beyonce Steals The Show

10th June 2013 -

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Kim Kardashian was unable to make her partner Kanye West's birthday bash in New York City this weekend after being told she could not fly ahead of the birth of her first child next month....

A Lucky Escape? 2 Chainz Found Not Guilty On Marijuana Possession

26th April 2013 -

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2 Chainz has managed to walk away from his marijuana possession charge an innocent man, thanks to a lack of evidence that the offending items actually belonged to him. The Guardian reports that 2 Chainz...

Kennedy Center Goes Hip-Hop: Nas To Play With National Symphony Orchestra

6th March 2013 -

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The Kennedy Center has announced its schedule of events for 2013-4 and amongst the more unusual musical treats that the center has planned includes the Queensbridge rapper Nas celebrating nearly 20 years since the release...

Bjork, Paul McCartney and R Kelly: Variegated Lineup For Tennessee's Bonnaroo Festival

19th February 2013 -

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The Bonnaroo festival line-up has been released and it's something to get yourself excited about. Not got a ticket? You'll definitely want to get yourself one once you see who'll be performing. The Bonnaroo festival...

Rapper Nas Questions Django Unchained Criticism

19th January 2013 -

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Rapper Nas is the latest celebrity to speak out in defence of Quentin Tarantino's controversial new film Django Unchained, speaking to press at the unveiling of his new collaboration with cognac makers Hennessy.The famed rapper,...

Nas Being Sued Over Kidnapping Ordeal

22nd December 2012 -

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Rapper Nas is being sued by a concert promoter, who claims that he was held at gunpoint and held for ransom after the rap icon failed to show for a concert.According to TMZ, Nasty Nas...

Kelis And Nas Meet To Take 3-Year-Old Son Shopping

19th December 2012 -

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Musicians and former married couple Kelis Rogers and Nas meet up at the Saks Fifth Avenue store in Beverly Hills to take their 3-year-old son Knight out shopping together.Nas is seen walking to the store...

Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap

12th November 2012 -

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Hip hop has always been more of a culture than just a genre of music. It represents a huge portion of the marginalised world of America and how they managed to create something from nothing;...

Can't Vote, Won't Vote, But Lil' Wayne's Got The US Elections Sussed Anyway

25th October 2012 -

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Lil Wayne might not be able to vote, but he’s still going to make his feelings known about the forthcoming US elections. He’s been doing his research into the two candidates, Barack...

Virgin FreeFest: Jack White, Skrillex and Nas Rule the Stage.

8th October 2012 -

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Now in its 6th year, the Virgin Mobile FreeFest returned to the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, just outside Baltimore, and sported two starkly contrasting headliners; Jack White and Skrillex. Plus a great variety...

A Week In Music Featuring: Nas, Bat For Lashes, Efterklang, Gaggle, The Weeknd and Much More!

8th October 2012 -

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Albums of Note… Copenhagen band Efterklang release Piramida, an album named after a Norwegian ghost town. Befitting of such a theme, the music itself falls somewhere between Brian Eno, Sigur Ros and The Blue Nile....

R. Kelly Makes History With 21st Soul Train Awards Nomination

19th September 2012 -

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R Kelly makes history with 21st nomination for the Soul Train Awards. He is now the most nominated act ever, reports CBS News.R. Kelly's double nomination at this year's Soul Train Awards, makes him the...

A Coup For American Idol, But Is Nicki Minaj’s New Job A Boost For Hip-Hop?

19th September 2012 -

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Nicki Minaj’s decision to join the American Idol judging panel will undoubtedly do wonders for her own career but will could other rappers expect the same success if they tried to pull a similar move?...

Slew Of Collaborators Included On Nelly Furtado’s “Buffet Approach” To New Album ‘Loose’

18th September 2012 -

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Nelly Furtado has certainly dipped her toe in plenty of different styles during her time in the music industry, and it’s as much thanks to the people she’s opened up to and worked with as...

Nas' Mother Died In His Arms

19th April 2012 -

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Rapper Nas channelled the pain of his mother's death into his music after she lost her three-year battle with cancer and died in his arms in 2002.Nas, real name Nasir Jones, had a special relationship...

Robert Wilson Founder Of The Gap Band Dies Aged 53

17th August 2010 -

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Bassist and founder of the legendary funk group THE GAP BAND, ROBERT WILSON, has died aged 53. Wilson, who made up the band with his brothers CHARLIE WILSON and RONNIE WILSON, died on Sunday 18th...

Nas The World Is Yours

22nd October 2009 -

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Rapper Nas-d Dies In Fire

4th April 2009 -

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Aspiring rapper NAS-D has been killed in a fire at his home in Columbus, Ohio. The 32-year-old, whose real name was Nasir Ahmad Dooley, was unable to escape the blaze which started in the kitchen in...

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f**k off chekm8 - I'm gonna bash you one day. You and anyone else who sucks this sissy, rhyme stealing pussies dirty c**k from f**king that fat hoare he supposedly lives with (when they meet up in public)That's right, f**k you. Stop robbin your homies in the hood of their writing before they get a chance to put it out theyselves.Thats why his last two albums got cut up an flushed in this householdHE;S FUINISHED

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O yeah!, I think he killed Pac..

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I wuld like 2 take dis opportunity to salute wat nas and jay z,it shows maturity.im glad they realised it before it was to late,look at biggie ad pac we lost(future leaders,enterpreuners and warriours)To close i wuld to thank Nas for what he is doing for Zimbabweans and for africa as a whole exposing the Evil doing of Mugabe.For us zimbabweans 2 be free we need International support and the most important thing we need massive backup from our african neighbours not quiet diplomacy from mr Mbeki.

8 years 6 months ago
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Dear reader, i want 2 use this medium 2 inquire about how i cud get in touch with Naz or is management cos i'm a promoter in Nigeria-(WestAfrica)& my census a showed that he's well appreciated by the youths who believe he's their own b'cos of the name is Dad inherited"OLUDARA" which is a name by a tribe called Yoruba in my country & we wud want a reply as soon as possible.in my country we have had artist frm 50cent,wyclef,beenie man,and this weekend Akon wud be performin live in lagos & portharcourt. i wud be most grateful to get a reply on my email add above thank you, Mr S.Peters

9 years 3 weeks ago
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f_k nwa subject:i love nas and the the way he treatted the probblem bettween him and jay_Z.now what about others that he have probblem with, nas will you coutinue to have enemise left at back why don`t settle ones and for all. be in peace with guys makes you live longer.now there are lots of people thinking evil things on you just be a little wise b4 they kick offi love u guys over there reading all will have,am about to flow out with songs it will reach to you all there thanks f_k nwa wide world entertainment inc.fknwa@yahoo.com or donfranballot@yahoo.com if you needs lettes news about new york guys just mail me thanks

7 years 11 months ago
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Hello Nas, I have to tell you how wonderful you are. Thank you for keeping it real at all times. I listen to all your music and you speak the truth. If it was'nt for you we probably would not have a Black/Afican American President. Keep doing what you're doing. You help a lot of black brothers to realize what is going on in this country. You also help them to realize that it is time to step up so that we can become a better people. Once again Thank you. I also wanted to invite you to my new Urban Social Networking site. Please stop by and show some love. Log On to: hoodhomies.com. This site is for everyone in love with music. It would really make my life great if you sign up.

5 years 3 months ago
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NAS ure just the greastest rapper, and i aint a fan im a sort of supporter.i just want to meet you in person so you can check up on some of my lines and see what you think of them.plz just vistit north west london ,and a place called stonebridge plz it would mean so much, NAS cannot be ever forgotten in stonebridgepeace

8 years 6 months ago
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Hey everyone. What does everyone think of Nas' new album? As part of my internship at Charm Factory they've asked my opinion on Nas. I checked out his myspace exclusive gig on The Hook Up and it's amazing. His performance is real energetic and you can tell he's enjoying putting out his new material. X

5 years 11 months ago
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3 years 9 months ago
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dont people even know about NAS anymore ?NAS plz come to London which is in England it would mean so much, if you could come to Stonebridge which is North West of London, you would know where your music will always live

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