Happy Earth strong to an icon, a Hip-Hop legend — Nasir Jones or better known as Nas.
On this day is a Queensbridge native who goes by the name of Nas. Born Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones, Nas broke through in 1994 with his classic album Illmatic. A lyrical masterpiece that was ahead of his time. In 1996 Nas followed up with It Was Written, an album that consecutively remained on the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks. This Grammy-nominated artist has done tremendously in his 43 years of life. His consciousness has influenced visionaries like J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar. He is a multi-platinum rapper, actor, producer, and entrepreneur. Today we celebrate the life of Nasir Jones.