Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones born September 14, 1973), better known as Nas , is an American rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur, record producer and actor. The son of jazz musician Olu Dara, Nas has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums and sold over 25 million records worldwide since 1994. He is also an entrepreneur through his own record label; he serves as associate publisher of Mass Appeal magazine and is the owner of a Fila sneaker store. He is currently signed to Mass Appeal Records.
On April 16, 2014, on the 20th anniversary of Illmatic, the documentary Nas: Time Is Illmatic was premiered which recounted circumstances leading up to Nas’s debut album. It was reported on September 10 that Nas has finished his last album with Def Jam. On October 30, Nas released a song which may be the first single, titled ‘The Season’, produced by J Dilla. Nas has also collaborated with the Australian hip-hop group, Bliss N Eso, in 2014. They released the track “I Am Somebody” in May, 2014. Nas was featured on the song “We Are” from Justin Bieber’s fourth studio album, Purpose, released November 2015.