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REAL NAME: Nasir Jones
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BIRTHDAY: September 14, 1973
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "I'm Gonna Be Alright" (2002)
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BIGGEST LP: It Was Written (1996)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 0

 
TIMELINE

Nasbutton.gif (123 bytes) Nas, born Nasir Jones on September 14, 1973, hails from New York. In the mid-90s, Nas burst onto the rap scene with music hailed by critics and noted for its intelligence and direction.

1994...

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas released Illmatic and had moderate hits with "It Ain't Hard To Tell" and "The World Is Yours."

1996... # 80 Singles Artist of the Year

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Illmatic was certified gold.

June
Nas - It Was Writtenbutton.gif (123 bytes) Nas released It Was Written.
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas hit the Top 40 with "
If I Ruled The World."
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas topped the Billboard Top 200 LP chart for 4 weeks and the Top R&B Albums chart with
It Was Written.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) It Was Written was certified 2x platinum.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas hit the Top 40 with "Street Dreams."

1997...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) The single "Street Dreams" was certified gold.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance ("If I Ruled The World").

1998...

November
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Timbaland's LP Tim's Bio: Life Fram Da Basement on the track "To My."

1999... # 90 Singles Artist of the Year

April
Nas - I Am....button.gif (123 bytes) Nas released I Am...
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas topped the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart for 2 weeks and the Top R&B Albums chart for 3 weeks with
I Am...

May
button.gif (123 bytes) I Am... was certified platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas hit the Top 40 with "
Nas Is Like."

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas could be heard on Mary J. Blige's LP, Mary.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best Rap Video ("Hate Me Now" with Puff Daddy).

November
Nas - Nastradamusbutton.gif (123 bytes) Nas released Nastradamus.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Nastradamus was certified platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas hit the Top 40 helping out
Missy Elliott with "Hot Boyz" which also features Eve, and Q-Tip - from Missy's LP Da Real World.

2000...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album ("I Am...").

April
button.gif (123 bytes) I Am... was certified 2x platinum.

2001...

December
Nas - Stillmaticbutton.gif (123 bytes) Nas released Stillmatic.
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Illmatic was certified platinum.

2002... # 84 Singles Artist of the Year

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Stillmatic was certified platinum.

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas hit the Top 40 helping out Jennifer Lopez with "I'm Gonna Be Alright" - from JLo's LP, J To Tha L-O! The Remixes.
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas started touring with Faith Evans,
Usher, and Mr. Cheeks.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas hit the Top 10 with "I'm Gonna Be Alright."

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas was nominated for 2 MTV Video Music Awards for Video of the Year and Best Rap Video ("One Mic").

September
Nas - Lost Tapesbutton.gif (123 bytes) Nas released Lost Tapes.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas could be heard on the 8 Mile soundtrack with "You Wanna Be Me."

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas could be heard on Irv Gotti Presents... The Remixes with "Pledge" (with Ja Rule, Ashanti, and 2Pac).

December
Nas - God's Sonbutton.gif (123 bytes) Nas released God's Son.

2003... # 55 Singles Artist of the Year

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas topped the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for a week with God's Son.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas was nominated for 2 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group ("The Essence" with AZ) and Best Music Video, Short Form ("One Mic").

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas hit the Top 40 with "
I Can."
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VH1: 50 Greatest Hip Hop Artists includes Nas at # 19.

June
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) Nas with Pharrell contributed a track ("Nas' Angels... The Flyest") to the soundtrack for Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas' video for "I Can" and his collaboration with 2Pac on "Thugz Mansion" were both nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best Rap Video.

December
Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All-Timebutton.gif (123 bytes) Nas could be heard on the Bravehearts' LP Bravehearted with "Quick To Back Down."
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas was arrested for alleged assault from an fight at a Manhattan nightclub.
button.gif (123 bytes) Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: # 400: Illmatic.

2004... # 134 Singles Artist of the Year

September
Nas - Street's Disciplebutton.gif (123 bytes) Nas topped the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales chart with "Thief's Theme."

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas released a double LP, Street's Disciple.

button.gif (123 bytes) # 493 on the Top Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years chart.

2005...

January
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Street's Disciple was certified gold.

August
button.gif (123 bytes) The video for "Bridging The Gap" was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Video.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Street's Disciple was certified platinum.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas could be heard on
The Notorious B.I.G. posthumous creation - Duets: The Final Chapter.

2006...

October
Nas - Hip Hop Is Deadbutton.gif (123 bytes) Nas could be heard on Diddy's LP Press Play with "Everything I Love."

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas released
Hip Hop Is Dead.

2007..

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas topped the Billboard 200 LP chart, Top Rap chart, Top Digital Albums chart, and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with
Hip Hop Is Dead - selling over 355,000 copies its first week of release in the US.

April
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Joe LP Ain't Nothing Like Me with the track "Get To Know Me."

March
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Hip Hop Is Dead was certified gold.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas could be heard on the
Jay-Z LP American Gangster on the track "Success."

2008..

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas was nominated for 2
Grammy Awards for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group ("Better Than I've Ever Been" with Kanye West and KRS-One) and Best Rap Album (Hip Hop Is Dead).

June
Nas LPbutton.gif (123 bytes) Entertainment Weekly: 100 Best Albums of the Last 25 Years included Illmatic at # 28.

June
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(Untitled).

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas topped the Billboard 200 LP chart, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, Top Rap Albums chart, and Top Digital Albums chart with (Untitled). The LP sold over 187,000 copies its first week of release in the US.
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas could be heard on The Game LP LAX on the track "Letter To The King."

September
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(Untitled) was certified gold.

November
Nas featuring Keri Hilson - 'Hero' (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Nas could be heard on the Ludacris LP Theater Of The Mind on the track "I Do It For Hip Hop."
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas could be heard on the soundtrack for
Cadillac Records on the track "Bridging The Gap."

2009...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas was nominated for 2
Grammy Awards including Best Rap Solo Performance ("N****** (The Sale And The Master)") and Best Rap Album ((Untitled)).

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas could be heard on the
Joss Stone LP Colour Me Free! on the track "Governmentalist."

2010...

January
Nas & Damian Marley - 'Distant Relatives'button.gif (123 bytes) Nas was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group ("Too Many Rappers" with the Beastie Boys).

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas with Damian Marley released Distant Relatives.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas with Damian Marley topped the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, Rap Albums chart, and Reggae Albums chart with
Distant Relatives.

2011...

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas could be heard on the Mary J. Blige LP My Life II: The Journey Continues, Act 1 on the track "Feel Inside."

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas could be heard on the posthumous
Amy Winehouse LP Lioness: Hidden Treasures on the track "Like Smoke."

2012...

June
Nas - 'Life Is Good'button.gif (123 bytes) Nas could be heard on the Chris Brown LP Fortune on the track "Mirage."

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas released
Life Is Good.
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas topped the Billboard 200 LP chart with
Life Is Good. The LP sold over 149,000 copies its first week of release in the US. The LP also topped the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, Rap Albums chart, and Digital Albums chart.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas could be heard on the
Nelly Furtado LP The Spirit Indestructible on the track "Something."

2013...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Nas was nominated for 4
Grammy Awards including Best Rap Performance ("Daughters"), Best Rap/Sung Collaboration ("Cherry Wine" with Amy Winehouse), Best Rap Song ("Daughters"), and Best Rap Album (Life Is Good).

2014...

  • Nas - 'Illmatic XX'April 15: Nas released Illmatic XX. The 20th anniversary set will include additional material along with the tracks from his debut LP.

2015...

2016...



LPs
Nas - Illmatic
mp3 Available at Amazon.com
Illmatic
Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All-TimeReleased: April 19, 1994
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 12
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "The Genesis" - "N.Y. State Of Mind" - "Life's A Bitch" - "The World Is Yours" - "Halftime" - "Memory Lane (Sittin' In Da Park)" - "One Love" - "One Time 4 Your Mind" - "Represent" - "It Ain't Hard To Tell"
Nas - It Was Written It Was Written
Released: July, 1996
US: 2x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 1 (for 4 weeks)
Rolling Stone review: 2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Album Intro" - "Message" - "Street Dreams" - "I Gave You Power" - "Watch Dem N*****" - "Take It In Blood" - "Nas Is Coming" - "Affirmative Action - AZ" - "Set Up" - "Black Girl Lost" - "Suspect" - "Shootouts" - "Live N**** Rap" - "If I Ruled The World"
Nas - I Am.... I Am...
Released: April, 1999
US: 2x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 1 (for 2 weeks)
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Album Intro" - "N.Y. State Of Mind, Pt. 2" - "Hate Me Now" - "Small World" - "Favor For A Favor" - "We Will Survive" - "Ghetto Prisoners" - "You Won't See Me Tonight" - "I Want To Talk To You" - "Dr. Knockboot" - "Life Is What You Make It" (featuring DMX) - "Big Things" - "Nas Is Like" - "K-I-S-S-I-N-G" - "Money Is My Bitch" - "Undying Love"
Nas - Nastradamus Nastradamus
Released: November, 1999
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 7
Rolling Stone review: 2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "The Prediction" - "Life We Chose" - "Nastradamus" - "Some Of Us Have Angels" - "Project Windows" (featuring Ronald Isley) - "Come Get Me" - "Shoot 'Em Up" - "Last Words" - "Family" (featuring Mobb Deep) - "God Love Us" - "Quiet N*****" (featuring Bravehearts) - "Big Girl" - "New World" - "You Owe Me" (featuring Ginuwine) - "The Outcome"
Nas - Stillmatic Stillmatic
Released: December, 2001
US: Platinum
Rolling Stone review:2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Stillmatic (The Intro)" - "Ether" - "Got Ur Self A..." - "Smokin'" - "You're Da Man" - "Rewind" - "One Mic" - "2nd Childhood" - "Destroy & Rebuild" - "The Flyest" - "Rule" - "My Country" - "What Goes Around" - "Every Ghetto"
Nas - Lost Tapes Lost Tapes
Released: September, 2002
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Doo Rags" - "My Way" - U Gotta Love It" - "Nothing Lasts Forever" - "No Idea's Orginal" (Original Version) - "Blaze A 50" - "Everybody's Crazy" - "Purple" - "Drunk By Myself" - "Black Zombie" - "Poppa Was A Playa" - "Fetus"
Nas - God's Son God's Son
Released: December, 2002
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 12
Rolling Stone review: 3 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Get Down" - "The Cross" - "Made You Look" - "Last Real N**** Alive" - "Zone Out" (featuring Bravehearts) - "Hey Nas" (featuring Kelis & Claudette Ortiz) - "I Can" - "Book Of Rhymes" - "Mastermind" - "Thugz Mansion (N.Y.)" (featuring 2Pac & J. Phoenix) - "Warrior Song" (featuring Alicia Keys) - "Revolutionary Warfare" (featuring Lake) - "Dance" - "Heaven" (featuring Jully Black)
Nas - Street's Disciple Street's Disciple
Released: November, 2004
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 5
Rolling Stone: 3 and 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone - Entertainment Weekly: A-
Tracks: "Intro" - "A Message To The Feds, Sincerely, We The People" - "Nazareth Savage" - "American Way" - "These Are Our Heroes" - "Disciple" - "Sekou Story" - "Live Now" - "Rest Of My Life" - "Just A Moment" - "Reason" - "You Know My Style" - "Suicide Bounce" - "Streets Disciple" - "U.B.R." - "Virgo" - "Remember The Times" - "The Makings Of A Perfect Bitch" - "Getting Married" - "No One Else In The Room" - "Bridging The Gap" - "War" - "Me & You" - "Thief's Theme"
Nas - Hip Hop Is Dead Hip Hop Is Dead
Released: December, 2006
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 1
Rolling Stone: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Money Over Bulls***" - "You Can't Kill Me" - "Carry on Tradition" - "Where Are They Now" - "Hip Hop Is Dead" - "Who Killed It?" - "Black Republican" - "Not Going Back" - "Still Dreaming" - "Hold Down the Block" - "Blunt Ashes" - "Let There Be Light" - "Play on Playa" - "Can't Forget About You" - "Hustlers" - "Hope"
Nas LP
mp3 Available at Amazon.com
(Untitled)
Released: July, 2008
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 1
Rolling Stone: 4 stars from Rolling Stone - Entertainment Weekly: B+
Tracks: "Queens Get The Money" - "You Can't Stop Us Now" - "Breathe" - "Make The World Go Round" (with Chris Brown & The Game) - "Hero" (with Keri Hilson) - "America" - "Sly Fox" - "Testify" - "N.*.*.*.*.*. (The Slave And The Master)" - "Louis Farrakhan" - "Fried Chicken" (with Busta Rhymes) - "Project Roach" (with The Last Poets) - "Ya'll My N*****" - "We're Not Alone" (with Mykel) - "Black President" (with Johnny Polygon)
Nas & Damian Marley - 'Distant Relatives'
mp3 Available at Amazon.com
Distant Relatives & Damian Marley
Released: May, 2010
Billboard peak: # 5
Tracks: "As We Enter" - "Tribes At War" - "Strong Will Continue" - "Leaders" - "Friends" - "Count Your Blessings" - "Dispear" - "Lad Of Promise" - "In His Own Words" - "Nah Mean" - "Patience" - "My Generation" - "Africa Must Wake Up"
Nas - 'Life Is Good'
Amazon.mp3
Life Is Good
Released: July, 2012
Billboard peak: # 1
Tracks: "No Introduction" - "Loco-Motive" (featuring Large Professor) - "A Queen's Story" - "Accident Murderers" (featuring Rick Ross) - "Daughters" - "Reach Out" (featuring Mary J. Blige) - "World's An Addiction" (featuring Anthony Hamilton) - "Summer On Smash" (featuring Miguel & Swizz Beatz) - "You Wouldn't Understand" (featuring Victoria Monet) - "Back When" - "The Don" - "Stay" - "Cherry Wine" (featuring Amy Winehouse) - "Bye Baby"
Nas - 'Illmatic XX'
Amazon.mp3
Illmatic XX
Released: April 15, 2014
Tracks: "The Genesis" - "N.Y. State Of Mind" - "Life's A Bitch" - "The World Is Yours" - "Halftime" - "Memory Lane (Sittin' In Da Park)" - "One Love" - "One Time 4 Your Mind" - "Represent" - "It Ain't Hard To Tell" - "I'm A Villain" - "The Stretch Armstrong And Bobbito Show..." - "Halftime" (Butcher Remix) - "It Ain't Hard To Tell" (Remix) - "One Love" (LG Main Mix) - "Life's A Bitch" (Arsenal Mix) - "One Love" (One L Main Mix) - "The World Is Yours" (Tip Mix) - "It Ain't Hard To Tell" (The Stink Mix) - "It Ain't Hard To Tell" (The Laidback Remix)
POP SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY [based on The ARC Weekly Top 40 (listing explanation)
1 I'm Gonna Be Alright
[Jennifer Lopez featuring Nas]

Jennifer's J To Tha L-O! The Remixes
5 15 2002 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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2 I Can
God's Son
MTV VMA Nominee:
Best Rap Video
18 9 2003 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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3 If I Ruled The World
It Was Written
22 6 1996 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
[
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4 Missy Elliott - Hot Boyz (Single)Hot Boyz
[Missy Elliott featuring Nas, Eve & Q-Tip]
Missy's Da Real World
30 4 1999 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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5 Street Dreams
It Was Written
31 3 1996 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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6 Nas Is Like
I Am...
34 3 1999 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  It Ain't Hard To Tell
Illmatic
** ** 1994 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  The World Is Yours
Illmatic
** ** 1994 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Head Over Heels
[Allure featuring Nas]
Allure's
Allure
** ** 1997 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Nas featuring Puff Daddy - Hate Me Now  (Single)Hate Me Now
[Nas featuring Puff Daddy]
from Nas'
I Am
MTV VMA Nominee:
Best Rap Video
** ** 1999 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
[
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Available for download at iTunes
  Nastradamus
Nastradamus
** ** 1999 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  You Owe Me
[Nas featuring Ginuwine]
Nastradamus
** ** 2000 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Oochie Wally
[QB Finest featuring Nas & Bravehearts]

QB Finest's QB Finest
** ** 2001 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Got Ur Self A
Stillmatic
** ** 2002 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
[
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  One Mic
Stillmatic
** ** 2002 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
[
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  Thugz Mansion
[2Pac featuring Nas]
Better Dayz
** ** 2003 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
[
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  Made You Look
God's Son
** ** 2003 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
[
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  Nas' Angels...The Flyest
[Nas featuring Pharrell]
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle soundtrack
** ** 2003 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Get Down
God's Son
** ** 2003 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Quick To Back Down
[Bravehearts featuring Nas & Lil Jon]

Bravehearts' Bravehearted
** ** 2003 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Thief's Theme
Street's Disciple
** ** 2004 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
[
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  You Know My Style
Street's Disciple
** ** 2004 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Bridging The Gap
Street's Disciple
** ** 2004 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Virgo
[Nas & Ludacris featuring Doug E. Fresh]
Street's Disciple
** ** 2005 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Just A Moment
[Nas featuring Quan]
Street's Disciple
** ** 2005 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Hip Hop Is Dead
Hip Hop Is Dead
** ** 2007 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Can't Forget About You
Hip Hop Is Dead
** ** 2007 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Hero
[Nas featuring Keri Hilson]
(Untitled)
** ** 2008 Nas featuring Keri Hilson - 'Hero' (Single)
iTunes
Amazon.mp3
  I Do It For Hip-Hop
[Ludacris featuring Nas & Jay-Z]

from the Ludacris LP
Theater Of The Mind
** ** 2008
iTunes
Amazon.mp3
  Too Many Rappers
[Beastie Boys featuring Nas]

from the Beastie Boys LP
Hot Sauce Committee
** ** 2009 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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