February 12, 2014


Nas Teams With Xbox for TV Series Based on His Pre-Fame Years

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Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images

It seems Nas has reached a pivotal point in his life for self-reflection. 

Just last week, the Queens rapper announced the upcoming release of a special edition LP and accompanying tour in honor of the 20th anniversary of his venerated debut, IIImatic, and now he's developing a TV series loosely based on his life with Xbox.

According to Deadline, the project will be released through Xbox Entertainment Studios, which is currently developing multiple scripted series (a la Netflix) but has yet to launch one. Nas' series is titled Street Dreams and will be written and directed by Jonathan Levine—the man behind the New York coming-of-age flick The Wackness and zom-com Warm Bodies.

The setting for Street Dreams is Long Island City's Queensbridge housing complex, where the "N.Y. State of Mind" rapper spent his formative years in the early '90s struggling to make it in the rap game.

Nas will be directly involved in writing and creating music for the series, so that certainly bodes well.