Microsoft reportedly making series based on rapper Nas' life for Xbox

Microsoft is working on several live-action series for its Xbox entertainment offerings, and a new report claims one of them is based on the life of hip-hop star Nas.

According to a report by Deadline, the series is loosely based on Nas' life in the 1990s as he was a struggling artist. That presumably will put the series, called "Street Dreams," in the early portion of the decade, as Nas quickly found commercial and critical acclaim in 1994 with his debut album, "Illmatic." Deadline says the series will be split into half-hour episodes, with Nas involved in the writing of both the script and music.

Jonathan Levine, director of "50/50" and "Warm Bodies," will reportedly write and direct the show.

Microsoft's Xbox entertainment branch has been developing TV shows and other offerings for more than a year, sparked by the hiring of Nancy Tellem in September 2012. Tellem, the entertainment and digital media president at Microsoft, has overseen Microsoft's growing slate of original entertainment work, including a live-action Halo show, a gaming documentary series and several other projects that have yet to be confirmed by the company.

When the Xbox One was revealed in May, Microsoft received significant criticism for touting the non-gaming entertainment capabilities of the console. No original shows have yet launched for the console, and it's still not clear exactly how many original non-gaming entertainment offerings Microsoft is working on for the console.

Source: Deadline | Image via Island Def Jam

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Wait a sec....

In the past, Microsoft tried to be the iPod (Zune)
They also tried to be Firefox and Chrome (I.E. post version 5)
They also tried to be Tivo (Microsoft Ultimate TV)
They also tried to be Photoshop (Microsoft PhotoDraw)
They also tried to be AOL (The Microsoft Network....not MSN.com)
They also tried to be Google Search (Bing)
They also tried to be the "new Gmail" (Windows Live Mail, Outlook.com)
They also tried to be the next iPhone (Windows Phone)
They also tried to be the iPad (Windows Surface)
They also tried to be Windows Phone and Windows Surface (Windows 8.x)

Now they are trying to be Netflix?

Are you serious?

VictorWho said,
Wait a sec....

In the past, Microsoft tried to be the iPod (Zune)
They also tried to be Firefox and Chrome (I.E. post version 5)
They also tried to be Tivo (Microsoft Ultimate TV)
They also tried to be Photoshop (Microsoft PhotoDraw)
They also tried to be AOL (The Microsoft Network....not MSN.com)
They also tried to be Google Search (Bing)
They also tried to be the "new Gmail" (Windows Live Mail, Outlook.com)
They also tried to be the next iPhone (Windows Phone)
They also tried to be the iPad (Windows Surface)
They also tried to be Windows Phone and Windows Surface (Windows 8.x)

Now they are trying to be Netflix?

Are you serious?


Well, IE is really good now.
Bing is awesome too; just needs worldwide full-featured availability.
Outlook.com is the best mail service around.
Windows Phone is a gem in terms of performance and consistency.
Loving my Surface Pro 2
Windows 8.1 is also really great.

I don't get what you're trying to say.

rippleman said,
am i old if i say i have never heard of him?
Depends on how you look at it. Nas is from the 90's. Some people consider artist from the 90's old.

Well this does not sound like a show I want to watch, but then again, I don't watch much on TV as it is, so I'm not one to use as proof of how popular this might be

I want to see them bring more sci-fi series, either original or remakes/continuations of older series, along with things like the Halo series. Also, the idea of creating original documentaries is interesting as well, especially with the focus on the gaming market.

MS is obviously trying to build a media library of content and that means they are likely going to try and create content that interests a wide range of people. When you do that, your going to run into shows you personally have zero interest in. As long as MS proves that they are trying to bring in a variety of content, I really don't care if they want to make shows like this.

Why in the world is Microsoft spending - no dilapidating - money producing stuff for a tiny audience? Who actually authorizes this useless and pointless spending?

The Windows 8 ecosystem is missing key components like a decent Music player, a cheap media consumption device and tons of important applications.
Why not spend precious resources where they make a difference?

TheCyberKnight said,
Why in the world is Microsoft spending - no dilapidating - money producing stuff for a tiny audience? Who actually authorizes this useless and pointless spending?

The Windows 8 ecosystem is missing key components like a decent Music player, a cheap media consumption device and tons of important applications.
Why not spend precious resources where they make a difference?

MS is big enough that they don't have to choose. Do you really think that their investment in tv-like content bars them from fixing their music app or adding any number of apps to Windows 8?

I mean when will you guys figure out that MS is so huge that they can literally work on multiple fronts at the same time.

Its as though people see a story like this and assumes MS have put all their eggs in this basket, focusing 'precious' resources that make it impossible for them to work on anything else. That's like saying Sony is diverting precious resources away from PlayStation in order to roll out a tv subscription service.

Evidently, it is not the case. The Windows 8 ecosystem is stuck with a sub-par music application and this situation has been ongoing for more than a year now.

Also, Microsoft's solution for a media consumption device is $499. That is $400 more than the Apple ecosystem and even more than on the Google one.

On the application level, many top 100 apps on competing ecosystems are still missing. The velocity is just not there.

And, on an ending note, please remember that Sony recently flushed its reader device ecosystem and its laptop computers business. Even for a large corporation, focus is a virtue.

TheCyberKnight said,
Evidently, it is not the case. The Windows 8 ecosystem is stuck with a sub-par music application and this situation has been ongoing for more than a year now.

Also, Microsoft's solution for a media consumption device is $499. That is $400 more than the Apple ecosystem and even more than on the Google one.

On the application level, many top 100 apps on competing ecosystems are still missing. The velocity is just not there.

And, on an ending note, please remember that Sony recently flushed its reader device ecosystem and its laptop computers business. Even for a large corporation, focus is a virtue.

None of that proves that MS isn't focusing on both. You are trying to claim that if their media side didn't exist that suddenly everything else would be so much better. I find that hard to believe considering how MS works and how little overlap there is between these groups within MS. There are teams within MS that are focused on whatever area they are assigned. So the Xbox team is focused on the xbox, the Bing team on Bing, and so on and so on. The only team that will overlap is the main os team simply because that team develops the software that is then used by the other teams.

The X1 is not MS' answer to a media consumption device akin to apple tv or say google Chromecast. It simply isn't, so trying to argue about that comparison is a waste of time. The X1 is an entertainment device that offers things like gaming, media services, social services, bluray playback, etc, etc. Its a lot more then an apple tv just looking at its hardware specs alone.

So again, the fact that many top 100 apps on competing ecosystems are missing has nothing to do with what tv shows the media group decides to invest in. Growing the general app market is something that is handled by the core Windows/WP/WinRT team. In house apps are handled by specific groups as well. Building the music app for Win 8 is not being held back by the production of tv content.

Xbox One uses USB 3.0 so it is possible to connect a NAS and play it directly using the NAS that usually holds terabytes for a cheap. ;-)

Microsoft does it again, this company is going down the toilet.

Lets bring back star trek or stargate.... nope lets make a rapper tv show no one will care about. It will go well next to windows 8, windows phone, windows tablet and xbox one. Bad times.

Nas was one of the bigger stars at the end of the 90s and had a lot of material that was well received. This might seem like a weak idea for a show, but I imagine a lot of people would have said a show where the dad from Malcolm in the middle plays a HS science teacher cooking meth would have been pretty unsellable and been a incredibly niche show.

Whether MS has anyplace in producing TV shows is up for debate but we will se how this stuff turns out. All the stuff Netflix directly produced was unwatchable.

Lord Method Man said,
Obscure late-90s hip hop artist, what a great idea for a show.

My thoughts exactly. This guy isn't as relevant in the industry nowadays as he was back then.

Lord Method Man said,
Obscure late-90s hip hop artist, what a great idea for a show.

Most popular show on TV is about a weird family of duck hunters..

Cool, except for the "loosely based" part. I read Born To Use Mics and would probably end up recommending that over this... We'll see.

I would have preferred if this Nas guy did a demonstration of streaming video to your Xbox from a NAS.

They could call it Nas does NAS.

Enron said,
I would have preferred if this Nas guy did a demonstration of streaming video to your Xbox from a NAS.

They could call it Nas does NAS.


hahahah! XDd