Natas was a hip hop group from Detroit, Michigan, made up of rappers Esham, Mastamind and T-N-T. They refer to their performance style as "acid rap," comparing the lyrics to hallucinations induced by LSD. Their lyrics focus on topics ranging from women and violence to spirituality, expressing self-reliance.
Esham met Mastamind as a student at Osborne High School, who gave him a three-song demo tape of his music, leading the two to form the group with Esham's longtime friend, T-N-T, deciding on the name Natas, an acronym for "Nation Ahead of Time And Space", and because it was "Satan" spelled backwards. In 1992, They released the first album, "Life After Death" on Esham's Reel Life Productions. Following the release of this album, Esham, Natas and Reel Life Productions were the subject of much controversy when a 17-year-old fan killed himself while smoking cannabis and playing Russian roulette while listening to "Life After Death".
In 2002, Natas released the last album of new material recorded by the group. Previously recorded material was released in 2006 and 2009 on "N of tha World" and "The Vatican".
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