Nas’ Father Inducted Into Mississippi Hall Of Fame

Nas’ father Olu Dara

was inducted into Mississippi’s Hall of Fame this weekend. The rappers father

is a jazz trumpter who released his debut album after his son struck it big in

the hip-hop business.

Dara, who has been

playing with his own band for over 20 years, has appeared on over 50 albums

showing off his trumpet skills.

Dara said that

he writes up to 100 songs a year, but wasn’t that interested in recording until

his son called.

"I hadn’t

been that bothered about recording, but he [Nas] wanted me to do it so he could

show people where he came from," Dara told Folk Roots magazine in an interview.

"A man from Atlantic had been after me for a while to record, too. So when

they both called on the same day….."

The result of

that phone call was Dara’s debut, In The World: From Natchez to New York

which features Nas on "Jungle Jay."

Dara also showcased

his lungs on Nas’ "Life’s A Bitch," which also featured AZ.

Others inductee’s

included Blues legend Little Milton and the youngest inductee, Lance Bass of

the boy band, *NSYNC.

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