Nas To Executive Produce “Street Dreams” Biographical Television Series
Approaching 21 years after he made his second album, It Was Written with top single “Street Dreams,” these titles remain powerful statements in the life and career of Nas. After production and writing involvement in recent Netflix series The Get Down as well as film The Land (and its corresponding soundtrack) in 2016, Nasir Jones is partnering with BET for a series centered around his own life.
According to Deadline, the network has green-lit Street Dreams. “A show about music, family and the trials and tribulations of the Rap game, it tracks the ascent of Nas, a young man from the Queensbridge projects who will go on to become a famous rapper, as he evolves from young man to crack dealer to rapper to adult,” is how the publication describes the series, with the exclusive information. The one-hour episodic series will also be set in the early 1990s, the period when Nas, under the tutelage of Large Professor, Kool G Rap, and Rakim, would rise to become one of Hip-Hop’s most revered lyricists.
Jonathan Levine (The Wackness, Rush) is said to be finalizing a deal to produce. Originally, Street Dreams was planned to debut through XBox Studios, which has since closed.
Last month, BET hosted a three-night telling of New Edition’s story. That event was a ratings milestone for the network. Dr. Dre, who has previously worked closely with Nas and his former group, The Firm, is working with Apple on a similar retelling adaptation of his own life.
“Street Dreams,” produced by The Trackmasters and featuring a Eurhythmics sample, was Nas’ highest charting single for more than a decade of his career. The 1996 music video was directed by Hype Williams, and paid homage to Martin Scorsese’s Casino film from one year prior.