Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones , better known as Nas / n z/, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and actor. He is the son of jazz musician Olu Dara. Since 1994, Nas has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums and sold over 25 million records worldwide. Aside from rapping and acting, Nas is an entrepreneur through his own record label, retail sneaker store, and magazine publishing. He serves as Associate Publisher of Mass Appeal magazine, as well as an owner of a Fila sneaker store. He is currently signed to Def Jam Recordings and Mass Appeal Records.