Born on 14th September 1973 in queens, Nasir bin Olu Dar Jones, better known as Nas, rose not only to become an all-time great hip-hop artist but also one of the wealthiest too. Despite dropping out of school in the 8th grade, Nas’ net worth is currently placed at around $17 million.
Nas’ life has been all about music. He first played a musical instrument at just four years old which apparently was the trumpet.
By nine, he was already setting the pace for the then emerging rap music through songs he’d written himself.
He was first recognized as a rap sensation in 1991 during a Main Source performance dubbed Live at the Barbecue. Columbia records signed him and in 1992 his first single “Half Time” was out and so was the name Nas.
“Illmatic” the first album from Nas debuted at number 12 on the Billboard chart and was certified platinum in 2001. The second album from Nas, “It Was Written” topped the Billboard chart for three consecutive weeks and is the artist’s biggest album commercially having sold over 4 million copies by 2013 in the US. Overall Nas has had 6 of his albums at the number one spot on the billboard charts. Nas net worth takes into account the over 25 million records he’s sold worldwide.
Nas has had numerous problems with the IRS claiming that he owes them over $6 million! Nonetheless, Nas’ home in McDonough Georgia was valued at $659000 in 2014 and sometime before this, you might have spotted him wearing his $19000 Audemars Piguet Splash watch. In 2013, his Royce Phantom Black edition was placed at $179000.
As an entrepreneur, Nas is the owner of a Fila sneaker store, a record label, and magazine. He also serves and an associate publisher for Mass Apple Magazine.
On his personal side of life, Nas is a father to Destiny born to him in 1994 by Carmen Bryan, his former fiancée. He and Kelis married in 2005 but later divorced in 2010 but not without a son, Knight, who was born in 2009.