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Xbox Studios developing a series with Nas inspired by his early career

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It's been nearly 20 years since Nas burst onto the rap scene with his debut album Illmatic, now one of the most celebrated hip-hop releases of all time. Microsoft has apparently decided it wants to help ring in that anniversary. Xbox Studios has agreed to develop a series "loosely based" on Nas' beginnings in the New York City rap scene during the 1990s. Deadline reports that the series has been titled Street Dreams and that it "takes a look at music, family and the trials and tribulations of the rap game." Jonathan Levine (The Wackness, 50/50, and Warm Bodies) is writing and directing the series, with Nas contributing writing and music to the project.

Street Dreams joins a growing list of original programming that Microsoft has in the works for its Xbox platform. The company has announced several projects including a live-action Halo series, a comedy about retired pro skaters, and a street soccer reality show. Microsoft has said it's exploring "hundreds of ideas" for TV shows as it looks to take on Netflix, Amazon, and others with its own take on original content.