Nas is an American hip hop artist, record producer, entrepreneur, and actor. Nas albums have gone platinum and multi-platinum. His entrepreneur side has grown into producing his own record label, a publisher of a Mass Appeal magazine, and owner of a sneaker store in Las Vegas. He’s more deep and inspirational than most perceives him to be. He’s about the new generation, giving to charities, putting in the time to the children, and helping in Africa.
Nas started literally from the bottom. Underground music started off his career in the music industry. Despite his negative feud with Jay-Z, on the contrary, had brought a lot of attention his way. He since released many albums, selling over 25 million records worldwide.
In his personal life, Nas has been a spokesperson and mentor for P’Tones Records. They were a non-profit after-school music program with a vision to create opportunities for our youth through free music programs. Through this program, the younger generation is taught how they can become producers, artists, engineers, and executives in the music industry. It is now nationwide and so empowering to this generation. Teaching students skill sets and an understanding of the ever growing music industry is invaluable. Let’s not forget the unspoken or unheard of inspiration that he has given people through his music and story.
Some lyrics from Nas, “Before there was an audience to watch us, I assure you there was a process,” from his song “Back When.” Just a reminder to people that it took a lot of blood sweat and tears to reach his apex. He reminds us to not fall victim of complacency and reach for new limits.