His neighbor, Willy "Ill Will" Graham, influenced Nas's interest in hip hop by playing him records.
Nas initially went by the nickname Kid Wave before adopting his more commonly known alias of Nasty Nas.
In the late 1980s, he met up with the producer Large Professor and went to the studio where Rakim and Kool G Rap were recording their albums.
Nas' follow-up It Was Written debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, stayed on top for four consecutive weeks, went double platinum in two months, and made Nas internationally known.
From 2001 to 2005, Nas was involved in a highly publicized feud with rapper Jay Z. In 2010, he released Distant Relatives, a collaboration album with reggae artist Damian Marley, donating all royalties to charities active in Africa.
"Honey replied: "I have been rapping - I've been a musician the whole of my life.
I've been posting all my tracks and recordings on my Sound Cloud page, so I've been rapping for five years and producing music and recording in the studio.""So when did Anna Gilford become Honey G?
, is an American hip hop recording artist, record producer, actor and entrepreneur.
The son of jazz musician Olu Dara, Nas has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums and has sold over 25 million records worldwide.
I'd never done a live rap gig ever."I've never performed as a rap artist.
So you know, from that point up until now, I feel a rap artist has been born."I've grown as an artist throughout the competition, and I've seen my potential." audition was the first time, who were you before?
His African DNA indicates he has roots in countries with high Yoruba populations Nigeria, Benin, Togo and Ghana - as well as Mali, the Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Congo, and Senegal.