Nas carved some time out of his busy schedule to catch up with us and drop knowledge about his experiences and memories of making and collecting mixtapes. We caught up with Nas at Silvercup Studios, appropriately located in his hometown of Queens, NY. Nas goes deep reminiscing about cassettes, mixtapes and musical influences (Tribe Called Quest, MC Shan, Kurtis Blow & Queen, just to name a few) while reflecting on his early life in the Queensbridge housing projects.
Born Nasir Jones, son of jazz musician Olu Dara, Nas was born and raised in New York City and rose to stardom in 1994 with the release of his now classic debut album, Illmatic. Nas collaborated with Damian Marley on 2010’s Distant Relatives and plans to release his tenth solo album in early 2011.