Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, also known as Nas, is partnering with writer and director Jonathan Levine to produce a show tentatively titled “Street Dreams” — a half-hour series to be released by Xbox Entertainment Studios.
The show is based loosely on the rapper’s formative years living in the early 1990s in the Queensbridge housing project in Long Island City.
This is one of several projects in the pipelines that will center around the East Coast rap movement in the ’90s, of which the housing project was an epicenter, producing famous rappers including Mobb Deep, Cormega, Capone and others.
The announcement of “Street Dreams” comes on the heels of the 20th anniversary of Nas’ pioneering debut album “Illmatic.” Nas has been referred to as one of the best lyricists in the rap genre and “Illmatic” was declared the greatest hip hop album of all time by several media outlets.
Unlike fellow New Yorker The Notorious BIG and other hot acts of the time, Nas was praised for his complex vocabulary and his ability to describe “ghetto life” while still maintaining an air of hope.
In addition to producing, Nas will assist with the music and writing and his manager, Anthony Selah, will be executive producer.
While many shows that take place in New York opt for shooting on location, it has not been released whether the show will actually film in Nas’ former home in Queensbridge
Xbox Entertainment Studios — affiliated with the popular video game console — was created late last year to air original programming and has reportedly been in talks with a number of producers and directors to create a greater variety of content, including documentaries, scripted series, interactive and reality TV.
The network has acquired a number of series so far but has yet to release any.