Nasir “Nas” bin Olu Dara Jones is rapper and actor. His debut album “Illmatic” released in 1994 by Columbia Records, was critically acclaimed and would go on to be hailed a classic in the genre. From 2001 to 2005, Nas was involved in a widely-publicized feud with rapper Jay-Z; both rappers verbally attacked each other in their songs. The two formally ended their rivalry through duet performances at concerts sponsored by New York City-area hip-hop radio stations. In 2006, he signed to Def Jam, releasing his albums “Hip Hop Is Dead,” followed by an untitled album in 2008. In 2010 he released a collaboration album with Damian Marley. He is the son of jazz musician Olu Dara.