MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - AUGUST 27: Nas performs performs as part of Rock the Bells 2011 at Shoreline Amphitheatre on August 27, 2
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BET is following last week's three-part biopic The New Edition Story with Street Dreams, a series based on the life and 1990s times of Nas. The project was announced as an Xbox Entertainment Studios show three years ago; months later, Microsoft shuttered that content-creation endeavor. BET has purchased the pilot after getting its best ratings ever with The New Edition Story.

Nas is executive producing. The hourlong series comes from Jonathan Levine, writer/director of The Wackness, The Night Before and Warm Bodies. He co-created 2014's ill-fated doctor-drama series Rush

Deadline writes that Street Dreams "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."

Nas' recent executive producer credits include Netflix's and Baz Luhrmann's The Get Down (which also features rap verses by him) and a film adaptation of Monster, Walter Dean Myers' celebrated 1999 young adult novel about a 16-year-old black boy on trial for murder.

Chill with Nas on the red carpet for 2014's Time Is Illmatic documentary: