Label: Def Jam
From: Queens, NY
Active Since: 1991
Career Highlights: Sold eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums since 1994, has sold over 13 million albums in U.S., has been nominated for eight Grammy awards since 1997.
Nas Escobar. The Street Prophet. The Don. Nasty Nas. Each one of those nicknames career a significant amount of weight in hip-hop lore. This is because he's done it all from releasing one of the greatest albums that may ever be made (Illmatic, as if you didn't know by now), to going toe-to-toe with the industry's most lethal, to spitting bars through his personal strife. And despite being in the game for 20+ years, Life Is Good showed that he still had a story to tell.