Nas Receives Spotlight Award From The New York City Mayor’s Office

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On his legendary debut album Illmatic, Nas told listeners that “nothing’s equivalent to the New York state of mind.” The city has played a background in Nasir Jones’ lyrics for more than 25 years, and the skyline of his Queensbridge neighborhood and greater New York City has been on some of his most beloved album artwork.

Nas has transcended from a kid who grew up on the 41st side of Vernon to someone the city of New York uses as a role model. Today (January 27), Nas will receive the Spotlight Award from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office. A ceremony is scheduled for today at Lucian Grainge’s artist showcase, with orchestration by Universal Music Group, the label conglomerate that includes Def Jam Records, where Nas has recorded for more than a dozen years.

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“I’m really honored by this award,” Nas said in a press release. “Anyone who knows me knows what New York City means to me and this is special because of that connection. I want to send a special thank you to the Mayor’s office, Lucian [Grainge] and Michele [Anthony of UMG].”

Nas now has ownership stakes in several New York City businesses, including the Manhattan-based Mass Appeal Records and three Sweet Chick restaurant locations.

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Last week, Nas, Mass Appeal artist Dave East, Lin Manuel-Miranda, and Aloe Blacc released the video to “Wrote My Way Out.”