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 50 Things You Didn't Know About Nas (Complex)
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Last week, we dug up a ton of obscure facts for a post revealing 50 things you didn't know about Jay-Z. And since we did one on Hov, it's only right to doone for Nas, because since the turn of the century, every rap fan knows that it's difficult to mention one of these artists without at least thinking of the other.

Nas is one of the greatest rappers ever, but he doesn't always like to reveal much about himself. He's sometimes elusive in interviews, and in many instances, isn't even the protagonist in his own songs, but instead an observer. Maybe that's why this year's Life Is Goodwas so well-received—it was such a personal project.

So, to put some aspects of the legendary MC's air of mystery to rest, we did some more digging and found several lesser known facts about nasty Nas. Here's our list of 50 Things You Didn't Know About Nas.

50. He did Illmatic's "N.Y. State of Mind" in one take.
49. He was offered and declined an audition for the lead in Save The Last Dance.
48. His daughter Destiny is listed as an Executive Producer on Stillmatic so she can always receive royalty checks from the album.
47. He sold a painting he had just completed for $14,000 at Art Basel Miami. The profits went to charity.
46. Large Professor would bring Nas to studio sessions during the making of Eric B. & Rakim's Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em.
45. Russell Simmons thought Illmaticwould be a commercial flop, and that Nas sounded too much like Kool G Rap.
44. He wrote a screenplay called Scared and put up his own money to hire a cast and crew to shoot the film. He claims to have a copy of it on VHS but never intends to release it.
43. His advance was worth $17,000 after signing with Columbia Records.
42. He used to call himself Kid Wave. image
41. "Live n*gga Rap" was originally Mobb Deep's record for Hell on Earth, but Nas bought it from them so he could use it on It Was Written.
Read the full story.
40. Columbia Records had to redesign Nas' website in 1996 after the bulletin board section became overrun with racist messages.
39. It Was Written was supposed to be produced entirely by Marley Marl, but the idea fell through when Nas heard unfinished songs on the radio.
Read the full story.
38. 50 Cent was briefly in Nas' Firm crew, but left after it didn't work out.
Read the full story
37. The original version of "Ether" was produced by Swizz Beatz.
Read the full story.
36. God's Son originally was an all-out battle record with Nas dissing nearly every popular rapper at the time, but he reconsidered and scrapped all of the songs.
35. He admits he messed up a lyric on "The Set Up" because he was too high
Read the full story.
34. To get the stars amped up, Hype Williams would have Nas, DMX, and others run around a building during the filming of Belly.
33. Ill Will introduced Nas to Chinese food by telling him to stick a plate out his window and dropping the food from the apartment above him.
32. He was supposed to be on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill but couldn't make the studio sessions.
Read the full story.
31. Illmatic was so heavily bootlegged that MC Serch claims they found a garage with 60,000 copies of bootleg Illmatic albums before the album's release.
30. He got rid of his Lexus because he wanted to get a better car than Jay-Z's.
Read the full story.
29. He recorded "Ghetto Dreams" on a handheld mic rather with a traditional studio booth set-up.
Read the full story.
28. Mobb Deep formally introduced Nas to Raekwon and Ghostface k!llah.
Read the full story.
27. "Nas Is Like" almost didn't happen because DJ Premier had planned on throwing out the record with the sample on it.
Read the full story.
26. He meet Kelis at Cipriani in 2002 during Diddy's MTV VMAs afterparty.
25. During the height of his feud with Jay-Z, Nas called the Roots "sambos," "hypocrites," and "porch monkeys" on Hot 97 for performing with Jay on MTV's Unplugged. (image)
24. I Am was supposed to have skits, but before Nas could record them someone walked into the studio with a bootleg copy of the album.
23. He had to talk Pete Rock into singing the chorus on "The World Is Yours" after Rock initially refused.
Read the full story.
22. He lived in Crown Heights, Brooklyn before he lived in Queensbridge.
21. The original version of "Ether" featured the line, "It should've been you in that plane crash"—referring to the plane crash Aaliyah died in.
Read the full story.
20. Kelis' father was also a jazz musician who played in the same bands as Nas' father.
19. According to Carmen Bryant, Nas would disappear: She once found him in his "secret" Long Island apartment with pages of rhymes everywhere.
18. He recorded a different verse for Fat Joe's "John Blaze" that's never been heard.
Read the full story.
17. When Steve Stoute first went to Queensbridge looking for Nas, Jungle pulled a gun on him.
Read the full story.
16. According to Prodigy, Mike Delorean from Bars-N-Hooks once had a physical f!ght with Nas at Sony Studios.
15. After having nothing decent to wear to the 1995 Source Awards and then watching Biggie win all of the major awards, he was convinced that he had to make a change.
14. Raekwon helped Nas formulate his verse for "Verbal Intercourse."
Read the full story.
13. Acccording to Carmen Bryant, one of the reasons Nas didn't sign to Bad Boy was because Craig Mack was creating problems.
12. Salaam Remi got Nas and Funk Master Flex on the phone to squash the beef between him and Hot 97.
11. He played the trumpet when he was six but his father took it away for fear it would disfigure his lips.
10. He's recorded several sequels to his most popular records, but never released them because he thought they weren't as good as the originals.
Read the full story.
9. He had to convince his daughter to avoid getting involved when Kelis started taking shots at him during their marital problems.
Read the full story.
8. He originally wanted his favorite singer Denise Williams to do the hook on "Street Dreams (Remix)."
Read the full story.
7. Nas originally didn't want the Trackmasters as producers because of their mainstream sound. He was scared of being labeled a "sellout"
Read the full story.
6. The first time he met Kelis, he said, "I've been wanting to make you my wife for all these years."
5. He lists Reasonable Doubt as one of his favorite albums.
Read the full story.
4. He's a fan of the HBO show Girls.
3. He cried when he heard 2Pac diss him on "Against All Odds." (This can't be life. image)
2. After not speaking to Nas for a year, Carmen Byrant heard "Ether" and "Superugly," called Nas, and said she loved him.
(Who the fu-k is Carmen Bryant btw?)
1. His daughter Destiny helped him with choruses and gave him words to rap about on Stillmatic.

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carmen bryant is the reason there was condoms on his baby seat
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"me and a.i. had more in carmen(common)"


dey both slided that
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"Me and the boy AI got more in common than just balling and rhyming
Get it? More in Carmen
I came in your Bentley backseat, skeeted in your Jeep
Left condoms on your baby seat
Here n*gga, the gloves is off, the love is done
It's whatever, whenever, however n*gga - one
And since you infatuated with saying that gay sh*t
Yes you was kissing my d!ck when you was kissing that bi*ch"


n*ggas wanna sh*t n supa ugly but dem personals

nasir couldn't sleep that night
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Carmen Bryant was his baby Momma that fu*ked Jigga.

Great Post and Read by the way. Some interesting facts.



No wonder Swizz listens to Ether while sittin in his Beamer. Its probably the OG version.


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This is an amazing thread.

There would always be one f*ggot to post bull sh*t though


It should have been you in that plane crash



We need that version of Ether
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31. Nas wrote a hot line, jay-z made that same line a hot song
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Camel warriors already in full throttle

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1994Nuisance said:
He cried when he heard 2Pac diss him on "Against All Odds"


actually i would have too

i love this track with a passion
against all odds might be one of the truest and deepest diss records of all time
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Lol @ themob

Thanks for the heads up on his baby moms. I never knew her name like that.
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1994Nuisance said:
I really want to shoot you right now
blood thirsty for power a.ss n*gga
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Russell Simmons thought Illmatic would be a commercial flop, and that Nas sounded too much like Kool G Rap.
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she wrote a book on the whole sh*t when im bored ill read it


tales of a nas lost


camel battleships on decc for the fu*k n*ggas
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TheMob said:
This is an amazing thread.

There would always be one f*ggot to post bull sh*t though


It should have been you in that plane crash



We need that version of Ether
Bout to jack Swizzy's hard drive right now

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MY GOD.....GIVE ME THAT VERSION OF ETHER

I wonder if Jigga or Bey would ever do something like that for Blue Ivy...listing your daughter as a EP on your most profitable album is pretty much a smart move by god son.....props Nas
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1994Nuisance said:
Say it to my face





















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i WONDER IF THEY GOT NUMBER 16 OUT OF A BOOK.
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40. Columbia Records had to redesign Nas' website in 1996 after the bulletin board section became overrun with racist messages.
sounds a lot like this place called slumz.boxden.com!!!
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36. God's Son originally was an all-out battle record with Nas dissing nearly every popular rapper at the time, but he reconsidered and scrapped all of the songs.
I wanna hear all of this. could have been so dope

32. He was supposed to be on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill but couldn't make the studio sessions.
classic album could have been even better.
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