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Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones (born September 14 1973), known as Nas and formerly as Nasty Nas, is an African-American rapper.

On Albums


  • "I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death"
"N.Y. State of Mind"
  • "Beyond the walls of intelligence, life is defined"
"N.Y. State of Mind"
  • "The smooth criminal on beat breaks / Never put me in ya box if ya shit eats tapes"
"N.Y. State of Mind"
  • "I switched my motto / instead of saying 'fuck tomorrow' that buck that bought a bottle could've struck the lotto"
"Life's a Bitch"
  • "Born alone, die alone, no crew to keep my crown or throne"
"The World Is Yours"
  • "I need a new nigga, for this black cloud to follow / cause while it's over me it's too dark to see tomorrow"
"The World Is Yours"
  • "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)"
  • "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 Ain't Hard to Tell"
  • "When I was ten I was a hip-hop a shorty wop/known for rockin' microphones and twistin' of a forty top"
"One Time 4 Your Mind"

It Was Written

  • "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/good f-e-l-l-a verbal AK spray/
"The Message"

I Am...

  • "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)


  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

Street's Disciple

  • "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

  • "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"
  • "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)

  • "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"
  • "People afraid of criticism but I always put myself in a sacrificial position,they been know I ain't just rappin for fame"
"N.I.G.G.E.R. (The Slave And The Master)"

About Nas

  • I think Nas is a great MC because he's like a Tupac in a way: He doesn't waste a lot of time bragging. He comes with emotions, he speaks on positivity for the growth of kids and women. He pretty much tells his life in a humble way. I think that's a great thing that shows the variety rap has. When he came out, he made a hellafied impact. It's his God-given talent that stands out in the crowd. I thought he was an excellently skillful rapper. It was only a few skillful rappers: Kane, Rakim ... he was up there with them. He had raw talent. He was a child when he came out; now he's a married man. He's showing the streets can grow. He has the ability of giving you a vivid look in a new-generation way with that rugged rap skill. There aren't too many rappers who can compete with him.[1]}}

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