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Name: Nasir Jones                                                                   
Also known as Nasty Nas                                                             
Born: 14 September 1973 Queensbridge, New York City                                 
Genre: Hip Hop                                                                     
Occupation(s): Rapper, songwriter, record producer, executive producer, actor       
Nasir Jones (born September 14, 1973), known simply as Nas, formerly Nasty Nas,     
is an American rapper. Son of jazz musician Olu Dara, Nas is well known for his     
1994 debut album Illmatic, which many consider to be one of the greatest hip-hop   
albums of all time. This album established Nas as one of hip-hop's most             
profound lyricists, introducing his signature poetic style. Raised in the           
notorious Queensbridge housing projects in New York City, he represents a           
continuation of a hip-hop tradition in Queensbridge that has spanned through       
early hip-hop, including the Juice Crew, Mobb Deep, and MC Shan.