American rapper, singer, songwriter and producer

Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones (born September 14, 1973), known as Nas and formerly as Nasty Nas, is an African-American rapper from Queens, New York. He's one of the most influential rappers of the 90's.

Nas in 2007
Nas in 2022

On Albums edit

  • How can you lose when you're doing you?
    • 92Y Interview With Anthony DeCurtis (1992)

On Albums edit

Illmatic (1994) edit

  • The smooth criminal on beat breaks
    Never put me in ya box if ya shit eats tapes
  • I switched my motto
    instead of saying 'fuck tomorrow' that buck that bought a bottle could've struck the lotto
    • Life's a Bitch
  • I need a new nigga, for this black cloud to follow
    cause while it's over me it's too dark to see tomorrow
  • I set it off with my own rhyme
    cause I'm as ill as a convict who kills for phone time
  • I reminisce on park jams, my man was shot for his sheep coat
    chocolate blunts will make me see him drop in my weed smoke
    • Memory Lane (Sittin' in Da Park)
  • Live amongst no roses, only the drama, for real
    A nickel-plate is my fate, my medicine is the ganja
    • Memory Lane (Sittin' in Da Park)
  • "Fuck 'rap is real', watch the herbs stand still
    never talkin' to snakes cause the words of man kill
    true in the game, as long as blood is blue in my veins
    • Memory Lane (Sittin' in Da Park)
  • Then I rose, wiping the blunts ash from my clothes
    then froze only to blow the herb smoke through my nose
    and told my little man that i'm a go cyprose
    there's some jewels in the skull that he can sell if he chose
    words of wisdom from nas try to rise up above
  • When I was ten I was a hip-hop a shorty wop
    known for rockin' microphones and twistin' of a forty top
  • So analyze me, surprise me, but can't magmatize me
    Scannin' while you're plannin' ways to sabotage me
    I leave 'em froze like her-on in your nose
    Nas'll rock well, It ain't hard to tell

It Was Written (1996) edit

  • I've seen some cold nights and bloody days
    They grabbed me bullets spray, they used me wrong so I sing this song 'til this day.
    • I Gave You Power
  • From child births to hearses, flow like the Nile covered surface
    Bit the fruit from the serpent.
    • Nas Is Coming
  • Mad smoke makes me able to quote
    Soliciting ill editions of that murder I wrote.
    • Nas Is Coming
  • fake thug no love, get the slug
    CB4 gusto ur luck low, i didn't know til i was drunk tho
    you freak niggaz played out, get fucked and ate out
    prostitute turned bitch got the gage out
    96 ways i made out
    montanna way, good f-e-l-l-a, verbal AK spray
    • The Message
  • A thug changes, and love changes
    and best friends become strangers, word up
    • The Message
  • I never brag, how real I keep it, cause it's the best secret.
    • Take It In The Blood

Nastradamus (1999) edit

  • Yo, if this piano's the cake then my words are the candles
    Light it up, make a wish, and them angels will grant you
    • Project Windows

I Am... (1999) edit

  • "Freedom or jail clips inserted, a baby's being born/ Same time a man is murdered, the beginning and end."
    • "Nas Is Like"
  • "Street scriptures, for lost souls in the crossroads.."
    • "Nas Is Like"
  • "I'm like the farmer, planting words, people are seeds/ My truth is the soil, help you grow like trees/ May the children come in all colors, change like leaves/ Behold before you, one of those prophetic MC's."
    • "Ghetto Prisoners"
  • "U wet who I want wetted/I wet who u want wetted/any nigga can get it(a favour for a favour)
  • Had 8 partners growin' up/ 8 turned to 7/ 7 turned to 6 n!*@%^$/ got 2 in heaven/ 6 of us, holdin it, now it's 5 rollin' thick/the 6th one's parole flipped, 5 n***az went to 4 quick/ when he went O.T, college life, converted into gangbangin/ 4 n***az still hangin/ years passin, slang changin/ 3 of us now, 4th n***a ain't around/ we all thought he was real, he did that snake shit, fake shit/ beat his ass down/ yo his mouth could've got us all wasted/ what a fuckin clown/ all I got left in the end is two of my best friends/ and we all goin' out 'till the death of these ends
    • "N.Y. State of Mind Pt. II"
  • (speking) "You hear about, you see about it/ it's in your papers/ it's in your daily news/ (get money!) / New York chronicles, every day/ the crime rate, the murder rate/ the money rate, the paper chase, youknowwhatImean?/ New York State of mind, baby, check it out.
    • "N.Y. State of Mind Pt. II"

Stillmatic (2001) edit

  • Aiyyo, the brother's "Stillmatic"
    I crawled up out of that grave, wipin the dirt, cleanin my shirt. They thought I'd make another "Illmatic"
    But it's always forward I'm movin
    Never backwards stupid here's another classic
    • Stillmatic (The Intro)
  • It's suicidal, high smokin' so much la', I saw a dead bird flyin through a broken sky
    • You're Da Man

The Lost Tapes (2002) edit

  • No idea is original, there's nothing new under the sun, it's never what you do, but how it's done
    • No Idea's Original
  • The hardest thing is to forgive, but God does
    Even if you murdered or robbed, yeah it's wrong, but God loves
    Take one step toward him, he takes two toward you
    Even when all else fail, God support you."
    • Doo Rags
  • The reason that I want to be alone
    Tired of all the things that went wrong
    That would have went right if I would have did it on my own
    • Drunk By Myself

God's Son (2002) edit

  • I'm capable of anything, my imagination can give me wings
    • Thugz Mansion (N.Y.)
  • Don't say the car is topless, say the titties are out
    • Made You Look
  • You a slave to a page in my rhyme book
    • Made You Look
  • How can I trust you when I can't trust me
    • Book of Rhymes
  • I get upset 'cause I just want to be treated the way you are
    Like a star not a worry in this world thus far
    But wait a minute we both need ya mother's attention
    I must be crazy jealous of my own baby infant*
    • Book of Rhymes
  • Whatever you decide, be careful, some men be Rapists, so act your age, don't pretend to be Older than you are, give yourself time to grow You thinking he can give you wealth
    • I can

Street's Disciple (2004) edit

  • And they're aware of us though
    And we don't give a flyin' 747 fuck though
    Stayin' on my hus-tle
    • A Message To The Feds, Sincerely, We The People

Hip Hop Is Dead (2006) edit

  • When I was nine, coldest winter i remember
    we're slipping in december, two feet of snow
    Yeah thats the east coast, that black ice - symbolize the rap life
    • Hope
  • Some things are forever, some things are not
    It's the things we remember that gave the world shock"
    • Can't Forget About You
  • Now all these new cats with they hats flipped backwards
    fingers intertwined in sum gang sign madness
    I got an exam lets if you pass it
    Now who can quote a Daddy Kane line the fastest?
    • Carry on Tradition

Untitled (2008) edit

  • Slave food turned to soul food, collards to neck bones
    • You can't stop us now
  • if you squash me, learn to live with me
    • Project Roach
  • As James Baldwin says, You can only be destroyed by believing that you really are what the white world considers a nigger
    • You Can't Stop Us Now
  • The hypocrisy is all I can see, White cop acquitted for murder, Black cop cop a plea, That type of shit make me stop and think
    • America
  • We in chronic need of a second look of the law books, And the whole race dichotomy
    • America
  • Who give you the latest dances, trends, and fashion, But when it comes to residuals, they look past us
    • America
  • Too many rappers, athletes and actors
    But not enough nigga's in NASA
    • America
  • Y'all don't treat women fair
    She read about herself in the bible
    Believing she the reason sin is here
    • America

Distant Relatives (2010) edit

  • What really did I escape from, thought I saw Gods face on the design in my vintage Claiborne
    • In His Own Words

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