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Nas is an American rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur and investor. The son of jazz musician Olu Dara, Nas has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums and has sold over 30 million records worldwide. He is also an entrepreneur through his own record label; he serves as associate publisher of Mass Appeal magazine and the co-founder of Mass Appeal Records.
His musical career began in 1991, as a featured artist on Main Source’s “Live at the Barbeque”. His debut album Illmatic (1994) received universal acclaim from both critics and the hip-hop community and is frequently ranked as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time. Nas’s follow-up It Was Written debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, stayed on top for four consecutive weeks, went Double Platinum in two months, and made Nas internationally known. From 2001 to 2005, Nas was involved in a highly publicized feud with Jay-Z, popularized by the diss track “Ether”. Nas signed to Def Jam in 2006. In 2010, he released Distant Relatives, a collaboration album with Damian Marley, donating all royalties to charities active in Africa. His 11th studio album, Life Is Good (2012) was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.
Nas has been considered as one of the best rappers of all time. MTV ranked him at #5 on their list of “The Greatest MCs of All Time”. In 2012, The Source ranked him #2 on their list of the “Top 50 Lyricists of All Time”. In 2013, Nas was ranked 4th on MTV’s “Hottest MCs in the Game” list. About.com ranked him first on their list of the “50 Greatest MCs of All Time” in 2014, and a year later, Nas was featured on “The 10 Best Rappers of All Time” list by Billboard. Nas has released eight consecutive platinum albums and has sold over 30 million records worldwide.
Nas has been praised for his ability to create a “devastating match between lyrics and production” by journalist Peter Shapiro, as well as creating a “potent evocation of life on the street”, and he has even been compared to Rakim for his lyrical technique. In his book Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop (2009), writer Adam Bradley states, “Nas is perhaps contemporary rap’s greatest innovator in storytelling. His catalog includes songs narrated before birth (‘Fetus’) and after death (‘Amongst Kings’), biographies (‘UBR [Unauthorized Biography of Rakim]’) and autobiographies (‘Doo Rags’), allegorical tales (‘Money Is My Bitch’) and epistolary ones (‘One Love’), he’s rapped in the voice of a woman (‘Sekou Story’) and even of a gun (‘I Gave You Power’).” Robert Christgau writes that “Nas has been transfiguring [gangsta rap] since Illmatic”. Kool Moe Dee notes that Nas has an “off-beat conversational flow” in his book There’s a God on the Mic – he says: “before Nas, every MC focused on rhyming with a cadence that ultimately put the words that rhymed on beat with the snare drum. Nas created a style of rapping that was more conversational than ever before”.
Nas 2019 Tour Dates
7/11 – West Palm Beach, Fla. @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds
7/13 – Tampa, Fla. @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
7/14 – Jacksonville, Fla. @ Daily’s Place
7/16 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
7/20 – Atlantic City, N.J. @ Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
7/21 – Virginia Beach, Va. @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
7/24 – Charlotte, N.C. @ PNC Music Pavilion
7/25 – Raleigh, N.C. @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
7/28 – Detroit, Mich. @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/31 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
8/2 – Houston, Tx. @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/3 – Austin, Tx. @ Austin360 Amphitheater
8/6 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Starlight Theatre
8/9 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
8/14 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
8/16 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ The Joint
8/17 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ The Joint
8/20 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ Isleta Amphitheater
8/22 – Dallas, Tx. @Dos Equis Pavilion
8/25 – Tuscaloosa, Ala. @ Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
8/31 – Syracuse, N.Y. @ St Joseph’s Health Amphitheater
9/1 – Boston, Mass. @ Xfinity Center
9/10 – Toronto, Ontario @ Budweiser Stage