Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones, better known as Nas, has been an icon in the rap and hip hop community since his first release in 1994. Nas is the son of famous jazz musician Olu Dara, so music has been a part of his life since he was born. Since 1994, Nas has released eight albums that have reached platinum and multi-platinum status – four of which that have topped the Billboard charts. He has sold over thirteen-million records in the United States alone. Not only is Nas an extremely accomplished musician but a talented actor as well, and has appeared in a few feature films and television shows throughout the years.
Nas first started gaining attention through his music in 1991 after being featured in a hip hop group called Main Source’s debut album. Soon after being featured on Main Source’s album, Nas gathered more attention through his impressive solo single titled “Halftime.” In 1994, Nas released his debut solo album called “Illmatic.” This album received universal acclaim from the hip hop community and is considered a musical landmark and a hip hop classic. His follow up album titled “It Was Written” debuted at number 1 on Billboard Charts and stayed on top for four weeks. The album went double platinum in only two months, which sent Nas to the top of the hip hop world. In 2006, Nas signed a record deal with Def Jam and released two albums under the label called “Hip Hop is Dead” in 2006 and an untitled album in 2008. Nas collaborated with renowned reggae artist Damian Marley in 2010 and the duo released an album together to generate money for charities created to end poverty in Africa. Recently, Nas released his tenth studio album titled “Life Is Good” in July of 2012. This will be the last release for Nas on the Def Jam label. The album has been a hit worldwide, receiving positive reviews and has given Nas more opportunities to promote his music.
This year alone, Nas has appeared on popular television shows like The Colbert Report, Late Show with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and 106 & Park. Nas also headlined the Rock the Bells music festival, and took a three-week European tour in June and July of 2012 to promote his newest album. Life is definitely good for Nas, as he is considered one of the greatest and most influential rappers in history. We are more than excited to welcome Nas as a headliner to the Summer Set Music Festival!