After a two year engagement, rapper Nasir Jones and singer/songwriter Kelis were married in Atlanta over the weekend.
The small ceremony consisted of only close friends and family, including Nas’ father Olu Dara, who appears on Nas’ latest song, “Bridging the Gap.” Nas’ brother Jungle was the best man.
The smitten rapper proposed to Kelis on Christmas Eve 2002 at her mother’s home.
The two met at P. Diddy’s after-party for the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards, which Nas said he didn’t want to attend initially. His longtime producer friend Steve Stoute convinced him to fly to New York for the show on August 29. Nas proclaimed that the encounter with Kelis was love at first sight.
Hoever contrary to the small gathering that took place, Nasir “Nas” Jones once professed that his wedding would be a grand ceremony in the song “Getting Married” off the Queensbridge rapper’s recently released Streets Disciple double LP.
“[We] spoke on eloping, but then I deaded the thought/’cause she deserves Cinderella’s ball and the whole s**t,” Nas raps.
Before the wedding, a source reportedly revealed that a secret wedding would be surprising since Nas seemed to want a large, traditional service. But plans of a covert ceremony emerged when Kelis reportedly cancelled a London concert.
A spokesperson for the London nightspot, Club Koko, where Kelis was supposed to perform, said the Harlem songstress called off the show due to last-minute plans. “She simply told us she couldn’t honor the commitment,” the rep told a UK publication. “We didn’t even know she was getting married this week.”
Nas recently talked up his lady in an interview with AllHipHop.com last summer, describing Kelis as his perfect match. “Everything is just easy. Even when s**t is crazy with me and her, s**t is easy at the same time,” Nas said. “I’m an easygoing person and she’s that way too in a lot of ways. She’s a Leo so she’s fiery too but everything is just easy.”
Kelis, too, admitted that she and Nas have a laid-back relationship, telling Trace magazine recently that the duo often listen to jazz records together. She also said that unlike many other famous couples, their relationship is solid.
Nas ends his song “Getting Married” with, “I’m stayin’/I’m sayin’ vows all true/Will you take music as your wedded wife? I Do/Sike, this ain’t about music, y’all know who I’m talkin’ to/I’m getting married.’ The rest is kismet.
Nas will return to music at the end of January to promote his latest double album, Streets Disciple.