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L.A. Reid and Al Sharpton speak out on Nas’s intended album title.

Posted by Media Outrage on October 20, 2007

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The controversy has begun. Earlier this week Nas announced that he plans to name his next album that will supposedly be released in December (something that certain Def Jam representatives have denied) “Nigger“. Their have been reports that members of the Def Jam label have said that they would never release an album with a name like that. They also said that Nas isn’t even on schedule to release an album in December.

Nas has of course come under fire from civil rights activist. Here is what Nas has to say about that….

I’m a street disciple,” Nas responded, quoting one of his earlier album titles. “I’m talking to the streets. Stay out of our business. You ain’t got no business worrying about what the word ‘nigger’ is or acting like you know what my album is about without talking to me. Whether you in the NAACP or you Jesse Jackson. I respect all of them … I just want them to know: Never fall victim to Fox. Never fall victim to the sh– they do. What they do is try to hurry up and get you on the phone and try to get you to talk about something you might not know about yet.

“If Cornel West was making an album called Nigger, they would know he’s got something intellectual to say,” Nas continued. “To think I’m gonna say something that’s not intellectual is calling me a nigger, and to be called a nigger by Jesse Jackson and the NAACP is counterproductive, counter-revolutionary.

“I wanna make the word easy on mutha—-as’ ears,” he explained. “You see how white boys ain’t mad at ‘cracker’ ’cause it don’t have the same [sting] as ‘nigger’? I want ‘nigger’ to have less meaning [than] ‘cracker.’ With all the bullsh– that’s going on in the world, racism is at its peak. I wanna do the sh– that’s not being done. I wanna be the artist who ain’t out. I wanna make the music I wanna hear.

We’re taking power [away] from the word,” he added. “No disrespect to none of them who were part of the civil-rights movement, but some of my n—as in the streets don’t know who [civil-rights activist] Medgar Evers was. I love Medgar Evers, but some of the n—as in the streets don’t know Medgar Evers, they know who Nas is. And to my older people who don’t now who Nas is and who don’t know what a street disciple is, stay outta this mutha—-in’ conversation. We’ll talk to you when we’re ready. Right now, we’re on a whole new movement. We’re taking power [away] from that word.”

“This Nigger album is bigger than an album. This is for my daughter, when she looks back and sees all the chump n—as in the game, she’ll say, ‘My pops was a man.’ When I have more kids, they’ll see, ‘He was a man.’ That will inspire them to be real in their life. Some people say I’m conscious, some say I’m a gangsta rapper — it’s just me doing me. I’m stomping in my own lane. I’m doing what I do.”



We support everything our artists do, everything!” he added. “We stand firmly behind and beside our artists with pride and with pleasure. Anything Nas wants to do, I completely stand beside him. Nas is prolific, he’s prophetic, he’s a genius, an amazing artist of respect. So, while I’m not sure exactly all that [the title] entails, I know it’s smart, so I stand behind him. That’s real.”

Rev. Al Sharpton-

Again, I’m opposed to anybody using the term,” Sharpton, who has called for total abolishment of word, said on the red carpet. “We’re in an age where they are hanging nooses, they’re locking our kids up in Jena and Florida. We do not need to be degrading ourselves. We get degraded enough. I think we need artists to lift us up, not lock us down.”

It has all the sting in the world when people are writing it on boards,” Sharpton answered when told of Nas’ quote. “What they’re doing is, as we’re fighting to make [using the N-word word] a hate crime, they’re making it not a hate crime, which is helping out the racists. You don’t see [people from] any other race trying to take the power out of names being called to them. People [who use the term in their music] wouldn’t put out a record against whites or cops or Jews because they ain’t got the guts to do that. They only got the guts to beat up on their own.”

Yep Al Sharpton is right…Can you imagine Nas coming out with a record and using inflammatory language towards Jewish people??? Man the entire Def Jam Label would get shut down! But we kind of do understand what Nas is trying to do. Then again we might not, because maybe this is all a publicity stunt to create a crazy buzz around his album release and make it a must have…which he seems to be accomplishing. Who really knows what his real motives are for making an album with that name?


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