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[[caption-width-right:350:He never sleeps, 'cause sleep is the cousin of death.]]

->"Hitchcock of Hip-Hop, since [[NotoriousBIG BIG]], [[TupacShakur Pac]] departed."

->"Name a rapper that I ain't influenced."

Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones (born in 1973), more commonly known by his stage name Nas (formerly Nasty Nas), is a popular rapper based in [[BigApplesauce New York]].

After his childhood in the Queensbridge housing projects, Nas entered the rap scene with his debut ''Illmatic'' in 1994. Critically acclaimed due to its educated lyrics, flawless delivery, and innovative beats, the album was an instant classic and thrust him into the critical spotlight. He was also part of the hip-hop group The Firm. His albums since then have mostly been big hits with the critics and the public, [[ToughActToFollow although many still point]] to ''[[MagnumOpus Illmatic ]]'' [[FirstInstallmentWins as his best]].

Aside from his rapping, Nas is best known for his feud with his rival {{Jay-Z}}, both of them inserting jabs at each other in their songs, most notably Nas' "Ether" on ''Stillmatic'' and Jay-Z's "Takeover" on ''The Blueprint''. However, they formally ended their rivalry around October 2005, even performing together at concerts sponsored by hip-hop radio stations based in New York.

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!!Nas albums
* ''Illmatic'' released April 19, 1994
* ''It Was Written'' released July 2, 1996
* ''The Firm: The Album'' released October 21, 1997 (As a member of The Firm)
* ''I Am...'' released April 6, 1999
* ''Nastradamus'' released November 23, 1999
* ''Stillmatic'' released December 18, 2001
* ''The Lost Tapes'' (recovered material) released September 24, 2002
* ''God's Son'' released December 13, 2002
* ''Street's Disciple'' released November 30, 2004
* ''Hip Hop Is Dead'' released December 15, 2006
* ''(Untitled Album)'' released July 15, 2008 (It was originally to be titled ''Nigger'', but was changed for obvious reasons.)
* ''Distant Relatives'' released May 25, 2010 (with reggae artist Damian Marley)
* ''Life Is Good'' released July 17, 2012

!!He provides examples of:
* BlatantLies: The video for "Hate Me Now" begins with a disclaimer stating it does not depict the death of Jesus. Cut to Nas wearing a crown of thorns.
* BossBattle: Nas has had many beefs over his career, but Jay Z was by far his toughest opponent.
* CallBack: One of his earliest tracks, "One Love", from ''Illmatic'', has a few lines in the third verse addressed to ghetto ne'er-do-wells, telling them to at least try to avoid catching innocents in the crossfire: "tough luck when n***as are struck, families fucked up, could've caught your man, but didn't look when you bucked up; mistakes happen, so take heed: never bust up at the crowd, catch him solo, make the right man bleed". "Accident Murderers" from his most recent album ''Life Is Good'' is addressed to someone who did not take heed at this advice: "Accident murderer, act like you killed on purpose, liars brag, you put work in; you ain't mean to murk him, your guns are virgin".
* CoverVersion: "If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)" is actually a cover of Kurtis Blow's own hit single "If I Ruled the World".
* CrucifiedHeroShot: Nas is depicted being nailed to the cross through the rest of the music video for "Hate Me Now". Originally, the video showed Puff Daddy also nailed to the cross along with him, but because Puffy is Catholic, he wanted his crucifixion scene excised from the video. However, the wrong edit was sent to Creator/{{MTV}} and Total Request Live and aired on April 15, 1999, and that was when [[http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/nas-greatest-hits-a-track-by-track-journey-with-the-pride-of-queens-20071106 the crudstorm between Puffy and Nas' manager Steve Stoute]] [[ExecutiveMeddling began to escalate]]...
* DueToTheDead: The first and second verses of "We Will Survive" from ''I Am...'', paying dues to [[TheNotoriousBIG Biggie]] and {{Tupac|Shakur}} respectively.
* GangstaRap: Type 1, with bits of Type 2 (and ''It Was Written'' was more Type 4).
* GenreSavvy: Just listen to "Where Are They Now?"
* HesBack: ''Stillmatic'' was pitched as and turned out to be his comeback record following the mixed critical and commercial response to his previous album ''Nastradamus''.
* InTheStyleOf: With the help of Mr. Santana, [[Music/{{ACDC}} "Back in Black"]] in the style of [[JayZ "99 Problems"]].
* LastSupperSteal: The cover of ''Street's Disciple'', with Nas posing for the central Christ figure as well as that of the Apostles.
* LonelyAtTheTop: The latter half of "A Queens Story" from ''Life Is Good'' carries this vibe, depicting Nas by himself in a upscale nightclub [[ToAbsentFriends toasting to the people from his childhood]] [[DueToTheDead who are not with him]].
* NewSoundAlbum: ''It Was Written'' shifts toward Mafioso Rap for the most part.
* NoTitle: His untitled 2008 album (after the original title, ''Nigger'', was withdrawn). Most online retailers simply title it ''[[SelfTitledAlbum Nas]]''.
* RatedGForGangsta: Played straight and inverted several times. From ''Illmatic'', to "Oochie Wally", to battling Jay-Z and declaring hip-hop "dead", to signing with Def Jam and Fila shoe endorsements; all the while collaborating with the entire gamut of hip-hop, from DJ Premier and Pete Rock to Trackmasters and Puff Daddy to even non hip-hop artists such as Music/{{Korn}}, Damian Marley, and Carlos Santana.
** He also wrote "Getting Jiggy Wit It" for WillSmith.
** He also recorded a song with the SpiceGirls' [[CrackPairing Victoria Beckham]] (wife of soccer player David), named "Full Stop".
* TheRival: Jay-Z, at least until October 2005.
* RousingSpeech/ WorldOfCardboardSpeech: "One Mic".
* ShoutOut: The album art for ''Stillmatic'' bares a pretty blatant resemblance to that of "The Great Adventures of Slick Rick"; Nas, who admires Slick Rick greatly, had it made that way as an act of {{Homage}}.
** The ''It Was Written'', ''I Am...'', ''Nastradamus'', and ''God's Son'' covers have strong references to the Weldon Irvine album covers of ''Sinbad'', ''Cosmic Vortex'', ''Spirit Man'', and ''Music Is The Key'' respectively.
** And of course, the cover of ''Street's Disciple'' is a reference to "[[LastSupperSteal The Last Supper]]".
* {{Supergroup}}: The Firm.
* TakeThat: "Ether", aimed at Music/JayZ as a response to Jay's "The Takeover", which dissed him (along with Mobb Deep). Fans still debate as to who had the better diss track.
* TallPoppySyndrome: Briefly discusses this trope in the context of the African-American community in general and in the rap music business in particular in "Carry On Tradition".
* TeenGenius: He was considered this after his verse on "Live at the Barbeque"(in which he was 16), his single "Halftime" (made when he was 17) and especially after the release of ''Illmatic'' (even though he was actually 21 when it came out, the recording itself took place while he was still in his teens).
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: He and frequent collaborator AZ have repeatedly discussed a collabo album that has never come to fruition.
** Much of ''I Am...'' was completely rerecorded in one month after [[WhyFandomCantHaveNiceThings several of the planned tracks were leaked to the internet]]. For those curious, most of the leaked material (notably, "Drunk by Myself" and "Poppa was a Playa") eventually was released on ''The Lost Tapes'' to great acclaim, which makes one wonder what ''I Am...'' would have originally sounded like.
** More recently, it appears that Nas was interested in getting Music/JayZ and Music/{{Eminem}}, both prominent fathers in hip-hop with daughters, on a remix of "Daughters". Eminem reportedly turned it down because he felt as if he had put his daughter's name in his songs enough already, while Jay-Z was busy at the time. Considering how skilled all three of them are, the "Daughters" remix might qualify as the best rap song never made.
* WretchedHive: "N.Y. State of Mind", and "N.Y. State of Mind Pt. II" both paint New York as this.
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