Nas, byname of Nasir receptacle Olu Dara Jones, likewise called Nasty Nas, (conceived September 14, 1973, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.), American rapper and lyricist who turned into a prevailing voice in 1990s East Coast hip-bounce. Nas constructed a standing as an expressive writer of ghetto road life.

Nasir Jones, the child of a jazz performer, experienced childhood in broad daylight lodging in Queens, New York. He exited school in the eighth grade and looked for an imaginative outlet, at last choosing hip-jump. His advancement came in 1992, when his tune “Half Time” (credited to Nasty Nas) showed up on the soundtrack to the film Zebrahead. Columbia Records before long marked him to an agreement. His presentation recording as Nas, Illmatic (1994), drew broad praise for its graceful portrayal of hard-edged ghetto life.