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Nas Finds His Roots

Rapper Nas, first rapper to discover his roots.  (Photo Courtesy: Get That Paper Son)

(AURN/AP) --  Nas is the latest celebrity - and first rapper - to be on the PBS show "Finding Your Roots." And he says he isn't comfortable with what he found. 

Nas says he "was enraged" when he learned that one of his ancestors was sold as a slave in 1859. He says he felt like tracking down the owner of his relative - and telling him that person "owes me some cash." 

The rapper say having concrete information that he descended from slaves makes him think about what his forebears contributed to America - and that now, he's "on a mission to find out more" about his heritage.

The 10-part series that traces celebrities' ancestry will focus on, among others, Courtney Vance, Khandi Alexander and writer and actress Anna Deavere Smith. They joined Nas and Gates on the Television Critics Association panel.

 Season two of "Finding Your Roots" begins September 23.


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