Nas Net Worth 2020, Biography, Education and Career.
Nas Net Worth 2020 – Nas is a popular American rapper and entrepreneur. Often named as one of the greatest hip-hop artists, he has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums, selling over 25 million records worldwide.
Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones was born on September 14, 1973, in Brooklyn to Olu Dara, a jazz musician, and Fannie Ann Jones, a Postal Service worker. His brother, Jabari Fret, is a member of the hip-hop group Bravehearts.
When Nas was a child, his family relocated to the Queensbridge Houses in the Long Island City. He became interested in hip-hop by listening to records at his neighbor Willie “Ill Will” Graham’s place. In 1985, he dropped out of school after the eighth grade following his parents’ divorce.
Nas, who has African roots, learnt about African culture through Five Percent Nation and Nuwaubian Nation. In his early years, he developed an interest in creating music and played the trumpet and tried his hands at writing rhymes as well.
On June 15, 1994, Nas’ ex-fiancée Carmen Bryan gave birth to their daughter, Destiny. Nas has also dated singer Mary Blige.
After a two-year relationship, he married R&B singer Kelis in 2005. Their son Knight was born on July 21, 2009. The couple divorced on May 21, 2010.
In 1991, Nas began his career as a featured artist on Main Source’s ‘Live at the Barbeque’. He released his debut album ‘Illmatic’ in 1994, which received universal acclaim from the hip-hop community as well as from critics. It was ranked as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time.
Nas’ second album ‘It Was Written,’ launched in 1996, made him internationally famous. It peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and was accredited double platinum in two months.
In 1996, Nas, his manager Steve Stoute, producer Dr. Dre, and production team Trackmasters formed ‘The Firm’ a hip-hop supergroup. The group’s debut album, ‘The Album,’ released in 1997, was a disappointment, and generated negative criticism. The group was eventually disbanded in 1998.
His album ‘Stillmatic’ was released on December 18, 2001; it included socially conscious themes. His lyrics touched topics like ghetto life, US policies, and his feud with rapper Jay-Z. The album was a hit.
‘The Lost Tapes,’ a compilation of previously unreleased records, was released on September 23, 2002. The album included tracks like ‘I Am…’ and ‘Stillmatic’. Released with less promotion, it started off at No. 10 on the Billboard 200, and sold 70,000 copies in the first week.
However, it received widespread acclaims from critics.
Nas’ sixth studio album ‘God’s Son’ was released on December 13, 2002. The tracks of the album were inspired by his feud with Jay-Z, and death of his mother in 2002. Consequently, the themes revolve around violence, emotional experiences, and also religion.
The album peaked at No.12 on the US Billboard 200 chart, and sold 156,000 copies in the first week. The album was certified Platinum by RIAA.
On November 30, 2004, his seventh studio album ‘Street’s Disciple’ was released. It was acclaimed by critics, and debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and sold 232,000 copies in the first week.
His eighth studio album, ‘Hip Hop Is Dead’ was released on December 19, 2006. The state of hip-hop music and his perspective of the music industry inspired the album’s title.
His untitled ninth studio album was released on July 15, 2008. It is known for its provocative subject matter and political issues, and has generated positive reviews. Nas collaborated with Damian Marley and released the studio album ’Distant Relatives’ on May 18, 2010.
The album debuted at No. 5 on the US Billboard 200 chart, and sold 57,000 copies in the first week.
‘Life Is Good’ is his 11th studio album, released on July 13, 2012. It features themes on adulthood and Nas’ life experiences. It received positive reviews, and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard 200 chart.
In November 2016, he collaborated with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dave East, and Aloe Blacc, and released a song ‘Wrote My Way Out’. On April 12, 2017, he released the song ‘Angel Dust’ for the soundtrack of the TV series ‘The Getdown’.
He has struck a business partnership deal with Rock The Bells music festival, and also with the online retail company 12Society.com.
In September 2013, he invested in a technology startup company. The next year, he invested in viral video startup ViralGains. Nas is a business partner in Hennessy, and works with their ‘Wild Rabbit’ campaign.
In May 2014, he signed a partnership deal with the job placement startup Koru, and funded a scholarship for Koru’s training program. He is also a co-owner of a Cloud-based service LANDR.
In June 2015, he joined food restaurant Sweet Chick as a partner, and plans to expand the restaurant brand nationally. He also owns HSTRY, his own clothing line.
Nasir Bin Olu Daren Jones (better known as “Nas”) has a net worth of $70 million.