American rapper and actor Nas was born Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones in Brooklyn New York. He is also an entrepreneur and record producer.
Nas Wiki, Rise To Fame
Nas probably got his musical talent from his father Olu Dara who is a jazz and blues musician of Nigerian Yoruba descent.
He grew up in the Queensbridge project houses in Long Island neighborhood of Queens. Following his parent’s divorce in the 80’s, Nas dropped out of high school in the 8th grade.
As a child, Nas played the trumpet, he developed an interest in hip-hop when he met fellow Queensbridge inhabitant Willy “Ill Will” Graham who was a DJ. Ill WIll and Nas became best-friends as the latter became his DJ. Nas started rapping under the name Kid Wave but never officially released a song.
Nas gained attention when he featured on Main Source’s Live at the Barbeque” in 1991. MC Serch, one of those Nas attracted became his manager and secured him a deal with Columbia Records. Nas released his debut solo “Halftime” under the name Nasty Nas. His debut album “illmatic” was released in 1994. It was showered with positive reviews by critics and the hip-hop community. His follow up album “It Was Written” brought him international recognition as it went platinum and topped the Billboard 200 for a month.
Nas has released a total of 11 studio albums including 2012’s “Life Is Good” which received a Grammy nomination for the best rap album. 5 out of the 11 albums have topped the charts while 8 of them have been certified platinum. Currently signed to Mass Appeal Records, Nas is considered as one of the greatest hip-hop artists of all time.
Nas has been quiet for some years now with no new release, but the iconic rapper continues to perform in a number of shows. However, Nas has been more active as a businessman and entrepreneur. Via his LA-based venture capital firm Queensbridge Venture Partners, Nas has a diverse investment portfolio dominated by Silicon Valley start-ups. Here is a look at some of the rappers investments;
Mass Appeal Magazine – a Publishing company
Proven (tech startup) – a job search app maker
ViralGains – a viral video startup
LANDR – a cloud-based music production service
Robinhood – financial services firm
and over 40 others.
A Fila spokesperson since 2008, Nas launched his own Fila sneaker retail store. His clothing line HSTRY is also doing well with its latest Ghostbusters Collection. Nas is also in partnership with New York-based soul food restaurant Sweet Chick to expand it nationally. He has an estimated net worth of $20 million.
Depending on how fast these start-ups go public, Nas’ wealth is bound to increase exponentially. Nas could soon be joining the league of hip-hop rich Kings like 50 Cent, Diddy, and Birdman. Very impressive for an 8th-grade dropout and autodidact who grew up in a public shelter. We’ll watch out for him on the Forbes list.
Nas Age, Height, and Body Stats
Born on September 14, 1973, the rapper measures 5 feet 8 inches (173 cm) in height and weighs 81 kg (179 pounds). His body specifications are 43-35-15 inches – chest size- 42 inches (107 cm), waist size- 36 inches ( 91.5 cm) and arms / biceps– 14 inches (35.5 cm).