Nas, originally known as Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, is a rapper, songwriter and actor from Queens, New York. He has released eight platinum and multiplatinum items since 1994. He has sold over 13 million records in just the United States. He is most known as a hip-hop rapper but has had acting appearances in movies such as "Belly," "Ticker," "In Too Deep" as well as the television show "Hawaii Five-O."
Nas has gained attention from the music industry through impressive features and a solo single "Halftime." He started to rise to fame in 1991 when he was featured on Main Source's debut album on the track "Live at the Barbeque." In 1994 Columbia Records released his debut album "Illmatic." The album received universal critical acclaim and has been said to be one of the greatest LPs of all time. His second album, "It Was Written" went platinum twice and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Charts.
More of his fame rose when he participated in a 1996-2005 public feud with rapper Jay-Z. The two would attack each other verbally in both songs and interviews. They started participating in duet performances at concerts, however, which ended their feud and increased both of their popularity. Nas signed to Def Jam in 2006 and released "Hip Hop Is Dead" in 2006 and an untitled album in 2008. In 2010 he collaborated with reggae artist Damian Marley to release an album from which all profits would go to charities to end poverty and financial suffering in Africa.
His tenth and most recent studio album, "Life Is Good" was released in 2012. In the wake of this release Nas announced his upcoming "Life Is Good/Black Rage" tour alongside Lauryn Hill. "Black Rage" is the name of Hill's next single set to debut this fall. The single addresses the "derivative effects of racial inequality and abuse" and is meant to juxtapose "life is good."
The tour will kick off on October 29 in Dallas, TX and conclude in Oakland, CA on November 19 after 10 shows. The pair will be at Boston's House of Blues on Sunday, November 11.