February 12, 2014 9:49

TV series inspired by Nas' life in development

'Street Dreams' is being developed by XBox Entertainment Studios

TV series inspired by Nas' life in development

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A TV series inspired by the life of rapper Nas is being developed by XBox Entertainment Studios, according to reports.

Deadline says that the entertainment company is working with the hip-hop artist about the possibility of creating a TV project titled Street Dreams, which is the name of a single from his 1996 album 'It Was Written'. The series would be loosely inspired by Nas' life and experiences in the 1990s including his experiences living in Queens, New York and his early career.

Street Dreams will be written and directed by Jonathan Levine, who made last year's zombie comedy Warm Bodies and 2011's 50/50 starring Joseph Gordon Levitt and Seth Rogen, but Nas will also help with the script and music for the series.

Nas is set to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his seminal 1994 album 'Illmatic' this year by reissuing the record as 'Illmatic XX', which will include a bonus disc of rarities and remixes. He will also play the album in full at a run of US shows in the spring, including performances at both weekends of California's Coachella Festival in April. In addition, a film about the making of the album will be released this year, called Time Is Illmatic.

Last year Nas was named the best rapper of all time in a poll voted for by NME.COM readers. Nasir Jones – known to the 25 million people who have bought his albums worldwide to date as simply Nas – broke new ground for rap in 1994 with 'Illmatic', a coming-of-age sprint through the sights and sorrows of his native Brooklyn.

The rappers in the Top 10 also included Notorious BIG, Big Pun, Roots Manuva, Andre 3000, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Mos Def. To see a full rundown of the 30 rappers included in the poll, including Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Tupac and KRS-One, check out Greatest Rappers Ever - Voted For By You.

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