Nature (rapper)

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Nature
Birth nameJermain Baxter
Born (1972-12-05) December 5, 1972 (age 47)
Origin Queens, New York City, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Years active1993–present
Labels Columbia Records, Ill Will Records
Associated acts The Firm, Nas

Jermain Baxter (born December 5, 1972), better known as Nature, is an American rapper, best known for his association with fellow New York City rapper Nas and having replaced Cormega in the original QB group the Firm. [1]

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Career

Baxter grew up in Queensbridge, New York, and went to school with Nas. [2] [3] Nas introduced Nature to the public in 1997, as a member of his supergroup The Firm, whose members also included AZ and Foxy Brown. [2] [3] Nature was brought in to replace rapper Cormega, who had a contractual dispute with Nas' manager Steve Stoute. The Firm's first and only album, Nas, Foxy Brown, AZ, and Nature Present The Firm: The Album , went platinum, and topped the Billboard 200 album chart. [2] [4]

The group disbanded in 1997 to pursue various solo projects. In 1998, Nature was featured on Noreaga's single "Banned from T.V.", alongside Big Pun, Cam'ron, Jadakiss and Styles P. After several delays, Nature's debut album For All Seasons, was released in 2000 by Columbia Records and featured a guest appearance from Nas. [2] [5] It reached number 50 on the Billboard 200. [6] He followed this in 2002 with Wild Gremlinz, released on independent Sequence Records, which reached number 150 on the Billboard 200 but reached number 9 on the Independent Albums chart. [7] Three of his tracks were included on the soundtrack of the film Angels in America in 2003. A third album, Pain Killer, was released in 2008 with production largely handled by Scram Jones, Dub Sonata & Mes. [8] Nature released a series of EP's titled Seasons Changed in 2013-2014 under DCM.

Discography

Studio albums

Collaborative albums

Compilation albums

Mixtapes

Extended plays

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