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Nas

A look at the iconic hip hop star's career.

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    Nas is featured on the cover of the June/July 2012 Complex Magazine. Read "Return of the Don"
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    Nas's first known recording was a track called "Live at the BBQ" on Main Source's, Breaking Atoms album in 1991.
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    Nas's father is Olu Dara, a jazz and blues cornetist, guitarist and singer from Mississippi. Here they are on stage together at the 2004 VH1 Hip Hop Honors. Photo: Scott Gries / 2004 Getty Images
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    Q-tip, Trey Songz, Kevin Liles and Nas attend GQ April 2012 issue party. Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris / 2012 Getty Images
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    Nas performs at Bacardi Rum's "Like it Live, Like it Together" kick-off event at Gansevoort Plaza in June 2011 in NYC. Photo: Rob Loud / 2011 Getty Images
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    Nas playing Folken on Sunday March 27th 2011. Photo: Erik Sæter Jørgensen
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    Nas performs during a tribute to Tupac at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors in october 2004. Photo: Scott Gries / 2004 Getty Images
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    Nas performs at the 2008 BET Hip-Hop Awards at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center. Photo: Rick Diamond / 2008 Getty Images
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    Nas's first album, Illmatic from 1994.
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    Although Nas and Jay-Z had a feud which ran from 1999-2005, they formally ended it with a series of live performances together in 2005. Here is a shot of them performing together at Power 105.1's Powerhouse 200. Photo: Scott Gries / 2005 Getty Images
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    Nas and Jay-Z on the cover of Vibe, January 2006 after squashing their beef.
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    Nas and Pete Rock performing at Rock the Bells Festival in Toronto, ON. Photo: Tony Felgueiras
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    Nas, Ashanti, and Ja Rule live at at the 2002 MYV VMA's at Radio City Music Hall, August 2002. Photo by Scott Gries/ 2002 Getty Images
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    Nas, Kanye West, and Freeway perform onstage during Power 105.1's Powerhouse 2005: operation takeover. Photo: Scott Gries / 2005 Getty Images
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    Nas covered the 100th issue of XXL Magazine, March 2008.
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    Nas performing at Radio City Music Hall in 2006. Photo: Brandon King / 2006 Getty Images
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    Nas (l) and Kelis at the Entertainment Weekly Grammy afterparty, February 2008 Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez / 2008 Getty Images
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    Nas stands by his (now ex-) wife Kelis at the "Glamour Magazine's Women of the Year Awards" in happier times in June 2004. Photo: Steve Finn / 2004 Getty Images
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    Nas's latest album, Life is Good
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    Nas and DJ Premier on the November 2005 Scratch Magazine.
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    Nas on the September 2003 Hip Hop Connection magazine
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    Magazine cover of Nas and Kelis calling it quits on their marriage. The Most! Magazine.
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    Nas performing at the Thebbie Theater in 2009. Photo: flickr: badjonni
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    Nas performing with Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley at the 2010 Hovefestivalen. Photo: flickr/NRK P3