Rapper Nas has reportedly racked up over $3.3 million in debt to the IRS and is reportedly trying to save his marriage with estranged wife/R&B singer Kelis.
According to reports, the New York rapper’s financial problems have continued to gain momentum since last year.
We told you about the tax lien the IRS slapped on Nas back in October to the tune of $2,584,206.31. Now, according to court docs, Nas’ bill has ballooned to a whopping $3,365,671.26. Our sources say Nas doesn’t have a clue he’s going under financially and doesn’t understand he can go to jail if he doesn’t pay child support. He was at Sundance recently and raked in $50,000 for a performance, which, we’re told, he blew before he blew out of Sundance. Nas has been sending Kelis a flurry of emails, telling her how much he wants her back and where she can fly to hook up with him. Nas — she has a new boyfriend and has moved on. She really wants that divorce. (TMZ)
He recently pleaded not guilty to contempt of court after Kelis filed paperwork alleging he owes over $200,000 in child and spousal support.
Nas has just pled not guilty to contempt of court, in what has become a bitter divorce case between him and Kelis. In court this AM, Kelis’ lawyer alleged Nas owes more than $200,000 in child and spousal support, along with attorney’s fees. Kelis’ lawyer had filed a contempt motion earlier because her estranged hubby refused to pay up … today, through Nas’ attorney, the rapper pled not guilty. A contempt hearing will be held next month. If convicted, Nas could go to jail. (TMZ)
On a recently leaked unreleased track called “Strong Will Continue,” Nas addressed his legal woes with Kelis.
On the track, he makes reference to a 1993 incident where martial arts film star Bruce Lee‘s son Brandon was killed on set of The Crow. “Twisted and mangled, sort of like Bruce Lee life/Cursed with his son Brandon/ If that’s you and me Knight/ I pray our fate’s greater.” The 36 year-old MC is less than pleased with his reported court-ordered spousal and child support payments of $52,000 per month. “How in the h*ll am I supposed to stay comfy/ When I pay child support, alimony monthly,” he raps. And as for rumors that he cheated on his wife, Nas has something to say on that topic as well. “So I’ve stuck with some married women so fine, cheating while their husband rushing on the 40-yard line/ Wonder if this is what my ex did the whole time.” (Rap-Up)
The two ex-lovers allegedly attempted to reconcile their differences last fall.
During Wednesday’s hearing Kelis said that the couple — who announced their intention to divorce in April after a four-year marriage — attempted to reconcile in September to no avail. She also reportedly testified that she has been having difficulty earning money because she is a new mother and doesn’t have a lot of job options outside of the music business. She told the court that Nas is slated to release two albums in 2010. (MTV)
Check out Method Man & Redman speaking on Nas’ issues with Kelis down below: