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BET Gives Nas the Greenlight For His Street Dreams Bio-Series
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BET Gives Nas the Greenlight For His Street Dreams Bio-Series
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BET finally gave Nas the green light he’s waited for.

For three long, arduous years, Queens rapper Nas worked on getting his autobiographical TV drama produced.  The series was originally picked up several years ago by now-defunct Xbox Entertainment Studios.  After that, it looked like it was headed for the trash.

Speaking with Rolling Stone in 2014, Nas said,

“I’m hands-on with everything, so this show is 100 percent authentic. Even if I don’t look cool in it, I just want it to be real and raw. I didn’t see this as a full autobiography at first. But I have so much that’s happened in my life already, there was no room for fantasy. I wanted it to be entertaining, but everything from my life seemed to be so strong. It’s all reality. There’s nothing from my life I didn’t want in there.”

Nas received good news on Tuesday as BET announced that they have green-lit the series.  Based in a turbulent New York during the early 1990s, the show was originally described as a comedy series dealing with music, family, and the trials and tribulations of the rap game.

The Queens rapper named the series Street Dreams after a single from his 1996 album, “It Was Written.”  The show will now detail Nas’ life in Queens.

Street Dreams will now show his rise from a kid “navigating the rough streets of Queensbridge” to an acclaimed rapper.

Nas originally recruited Rush creator Jonathan Levine to pen the script and direct the pilot.  While the rapper won’t star in Street Dreams, he’ll serve as an executive producer alongside Levine.  Indie film producer Jamie Patricof, Lynette Howell, and the rapper’s manager Anthony Saleh may also co-produce the series.

BET recently pulled in record ratings for the mini-series The New Edition Story.  Part 1 and Part 3 became the network’s highest-rated and most-watched telecast in the last 5 years. Deadline gave the ratings breakdown.

In Live+3, Part 1 drew 3.3MM viewers in P18-49, and 5.5MM total viewers in P2+ and Part 3 drew 3.3MM viewers P18-49, and 5.6MM total viewers P2+ on BET alone.