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American rapper, songwriter and actor. He is the son of jazz musician Olu Dara. Married to singer Kelis Rogers in 2005, divorced in 2010. Nasir was born 14 September 1973 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York, and later moved to the notoriously harsh Queensbridge Projects. He signed to Columbia Records and released one of the most acclaimed hip-hop albums of all time, "Illmatic". His following albums have failed to garner quite the same praise, but his body of work is some of the finest and most thoughtful lyricism in hip-hop's catalog. Even now, Nas manages to pull fans from both the MTV crowd and the underground.