By Scott T. Sterling
Hip-hop legend Nas‘ life as a nascent rapper in the 1990s is about to be the subject of a new half-hour TV currently in development at Xbox Entertainment Studios.
According to Deadline, the show, titled Street Dreams, will look at “music, family, and the trials of the rap game,” based on Nas’ experience growing up in the notorious Queensbridge house projects in New York. The show will be written and directed by Jonathan Levine, best known for the 2008 comedy The Wackness, which won the Audience Award at that year’s Sundance film festival. Nas will have his hand in writing as well as music for the series.
The news arrives as Nas is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his classic 1994 debut, Illmatic, with a string of performances of the album in its entirety. First up are a pair of shows at Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra on March 28-29 (both shows are sold out). The rapper will perform Illmatic at both weekends of this year’s Coachella festival in Indio, CA, April 11-13 and April 18-20.
Illmatic will also be remembered with an upcoming documentary film, Time is Illmatic, and an expanded and remastered double-disc reissue, set for release on April 15.