Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones AKA Nas, is an American rapper and songwriter. 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” 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. His 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. His 11th studio album, “Life Is Good” was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.