Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones (born September 14, 1973), better known mononymously as Nas, is an American rapper and actor. He is also the son of jazz musician Olu Dara. Nas has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums since 1994, four of which topped the Billboard charts upon release and has sold over thirteen-million records in the United States alone. Nas was also part of the hip hop supergroup The Firm, which released one album under Dr. Dre's record label Aftermath. Aside from rapping, Nas is also an occasional actor and has appeared in feature films such as Hype Williams' directorial debut Belly, Ticker and In Too Deep and the television show Hawaii Five-0. His rise to fame began in 1991 with his feature on hip hop group Main Source's debut album on the track 'Live at the Barbeque'. In the years that followed, Nas garnered attention from music industry A & R's and record labels with more impressive features and a solo single 'Halftime'.
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