It’s been nearly 27 years since Rap legend Nas burst onto the scene with his iconic debut album, ‘Illmatic.’
In the time since, the rapper – now 47-years-old – has become a mainstay in the upper rankings of critics’ ‘best ever’ lists among his Hip Hop peers.
Despite being no stranger to acclaim, Nas (born Nasir Jones) has never been awarded a golden grammophone from the Recording Academy.
At the 63rd annual edition of the ceremony, that changed.
Nominated in the Best Rap Album category for his 13th studio album, ‘King’s Disease,’ Jones walked away the victor at the 2021 edition of the show – besting the likes of Freddie Gibbs & the Alchemist, D Smoke, Royce Da 5’9,” and Jay Electronica in the process.
The win brings to end a 24-year losing streak for Nas, as he’s collected 14 nominations in the time period dating back to a Best Rap Solo Performance nod for ‘If I Ruled the World’ in 1997.