I think of crime when I'm in a New York state of mind
Nothing's equivalent to the New York state of mind

Nas, 'New York State of Mind'

Nas was born on September 14th, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York. Since 1994, Nas has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums and sold over 25 million records worldwide. He owns his own record label, retail sneaker store, and serves as Mass Appeal Magazine’s associate publisher. His musical career began in 1991 when he was featured on Main Source’s track “Live at the Barbeque”. His debut album Illmatic, released in 1994, received universal acclaim from both critics and the hip hop community; it is frequently ranked as one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time. MTV ranked him number 5 on their list of the Top 50 Lyricists of All Time, ranked him 1st on their list of 50 Greatest MC’s of All Time. He has six number 1 albums on the Billboard 200.