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Bas

A Paris-born, Queens-based rapper, Bas is known for his thoughtful and versatile wordplay. Although he started rapping as a lark, within a decade he became a central member of the Dreamville roster with Top 20 R&B/hip-hop-charting albums like 2014's Last Winter, 2016's Too High to Riot, and 2018's Milky Way, the latter of which also reached number 35 on the Billboard 200. Spilled Milk, Vol. 1 (the first of a series of EPs) arrived in 2019, the same year he earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Performance for his contribution to the song "Down Bad" featuring J. Cole, JID, EarthGang, and Young Nudy. In 2021, he released "The Jackie," also featuring J. Cole along with Lil Tjay, and in 2022 he issued the EP [BUMP] Pick Me Up. He concluded 2023 with the full-length We Only Talk About Real Shit When We're Fucked Up. The son of Sudanese parents, Bas (short for Abbas Hamad) was raised in Paris until the age of eight, when his family moved to Jamaica, Queens. Coerced by a friend, he started rapping in 2010, and a series of informal sessions later was linked to J. Cole. Bas' development as a performer was fostered by touring with Cole, who eventually signed the fledgling artist to his Interscope-affiliated Dreamville label. Last Winter, jokingly referred to as "An album from a n*gga who ain't got alotta fans yet," was released as a digital download and a CD in April 2014. It featured appearances from Cole and Mack Wilds and debuted on Billboard's R&B/hip-hop chart at number 18. Bas contributed to Dreamville's Revenge of the Dreamers, Vol. 2 compilation in 2015 prior to releasing his second proper album, Too High to Riot, the following March. Highlighted by "Night Job" and more lucid and energized than indicated by its title, the full-length went Top Ten R&B/hip-hop and cracked the Top 50 of the Billboard 200. Milky Way followed in August 2018, becoming Bas' third consecutive Top 20 R&B/hip-hop entry and debuting on the Billboard 200 at number 35, pushed by the breezy, Edu Lobo-sampling Cole collaboration "Tribe." The following spring, he teamed up with fellow Dreamville rapper J.I.D for the K-Quick-produced single "Fried Rice." It appeared on Spilled Milk, Vol. 1 (the first of an episodic series of EPs) along with appearances from Ari Lennox, EarthGang, and Kiddominant, among others. In 2020, Bas was featured on Galimatias' song "GPS." He also earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Performance for his contribution to the song "Down Bad" featuring J. Cole, JID, EarthGang, and Young Nudy. A stand-alone track, "The Jackie," also featuring J. Cole as well as Lil Tjay, arrived in 2021. The following year saw the release of the [BUMP] Pick Me Up EP, which included features from Galimatias, J. Cole, and Gunna, the latter of whom appeared on the lead single "Admire Her." Bas' 2023 full-length, We Only Talk About Real Shit When We're Fucked Up, included appearances by FKJ, Amaarae, A$AP Ferg, and AJ Tracey.
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