Black History Month Appreciation (Day 5): Nasir Jones
Nasir Jones might be a name known for his impeccable skills as an MC, but the legendary rapper is consistently working to make an impact in the corporate world behind the scenes. The Queens native is not just spreading his knowledge through a microphone anymore, which is why we’ve chosen to spotlight him for Day 5 of our #LiveCivilBHM series
Nas has taken the initiative to invest in numerous companies and ventures in the past few years, and he’s even launched his very own record label called Mass Appeal, which has already seen some tremendous success through its signees Dave East, Fashawn, and Run the Jewels.
Dating back to 2013, Nas ventured into magazine publishing, where he invested in the original Mass Appeal Magazine, where he serves as the associate publisher. On top of running the Mass Appeal brand, Nas also has investments in his own clothing line, HSTRY, while also being a co-owner of LANDR, as well as a brand ambassador of Hennessy for the past few years. He also has a stock in the soul food restaurant, Sweet Chick, which has a main location in New York City, but has plans to expand it even more nationally.
Providing scholarships for graduates of both high school and college has become important to the entrepreneur, and recently teamed up with Koru to fund the scholarships of 10 college graduates who are able to complete their provided training program. Amazing, to say the least.
Last year, Nasir was honored by Harvard University with the W.E.B. DuBois Medal, with the school having launched the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship to exceptional artists and scholars in 2013. He even went on to speak at the University this past October, where he was finally given the medal. How many rappers can say they’ve done that?
Happy Black History Month to the great Nasir Jones, as we couldn’t be more excited to see what’s to come from the legend in the next year.
Stay tuned for the next installment of our #LiveCivilBHM series tomorrow!