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Famed New York MC Nas owes millions to the IRS


Nasir Jones, better known to millions as the controversial hip hop star Nas and for hits such as "The World is Yours" and "Hip Hop is Dead," now owes more than $6 million in back taxes to the federal government.



By Kristen MacBeth
January 26th, 2011

Nasir Jones, better known to millions as the controversial hip hop star Nas and for hits such as "The World is Yours" and "Hip Hop is Dead," now owes more than $6 million in back taxes to the federal government.

IRS officials filed a $514,298 tax lien on January 10 at the New York City Register of Deeds, the latest in a string of actions by the agency to recoup revenue from the rapper.

This action follows a similar $3 million lien filed in February of last year, and a $2.5 million lien filed in October of 2009, The Detroit News reports. Jones recently faced financial troubles due to a lengthy court battle with his ex-wife Kelis over child and spousal support.

According to the court documents, Jones also owes $3,860 on his Queens, New York, condominium. In addition, the estate's managers say Jones has not paid his monthly rent in almost a full year, the news source says.

In recent months a number of rappers have faced similar actions from the government, including Doug E. Fresh and Lil Jon.






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