Nas is going to Xbox. With the impending 20th anniversary of Illmatic, the album that many hail as his greatest, Deadline reports that Nas has signed a deal with Xbox Entertainment Studios to create and produce an original, half-hour series based on his life as an up and coming hip-hop artist in the ’90s, which many refer to as “The Golden Age of Hip-Hop.”
The show, titled “Street Dreams,” is being written and directed by Jonathan Levine (“All the Boys Love Mandy Lane,” “The Wackness”), who recently signed on to create a Christmas-themed film with his “50/50” stars Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Levine also grew up in New York City in the ’90s, giving the show a bevy of situations to choose from. The show is centered around the Queensbridge Housing Project where Nas grew up, and deals with hip-hop, family and dealing with the ups and downs of the rap game.
Also producing is Nas’ manager, Anthony Seleh, and Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell Electric City Entertainment (“The Place Beyond the Pines”). The developing series marks an aggressive move by Xbox Entertainment, the latest non-linear platform to get into original programming, who — they have been buying scripted projects, but have yet to release their first series.