Def Jam Should Release “Lost Tapes 2,” Right?

You gotta love Nas. Last night a scathing email, [click here to read] addressed to Def Jam execs, leaked on to the Internet. It was allegedly written by God’s Son (Through an anonymous source close to the situation XXL has confirmed the validity of the email) and while the email looks believable like most things that leak on the Internet, it could very well be complete bullshit.

In the email, which was addressed to LA Reid, Steve Bartels and a few other head honchos up at Island/Def Jam, Nas demands that the label put out his Lost Tapes 2 compilation album. He also goes on to point out that he is “NOBODY’s slave” and reminds the Def Jam brass that if he could do business with Tommy Mottola and Donnie Einer (Nas’s former bosses when he was signed to Sony) then LA Reid and co. should fall in line.

Nasir goes on to suggest that he could rally 100,000 protesters at the Def Jam building if he so chose. In the event that this riot goes down, someone tell Nas that whomever is organizing this proposed protest should have at least purchased ONE Nas album in his or her lifetime. We don’t need another Lupe fiasco (see what I did there?).

When it comes to Lost Tapes 2, Def Jam should release it, right? I mean the first Lost Tapes was a classic and sold moderately well (it moved over 350,000 units) considering it wasn’t heavily promoted. Hell, Nas didn’t even appear on the album cover and there weren’t any videos for it.

It seems the real heart of the matter comes down to whether or not Lost Tapes 2 should count against the albums Nas owes to Def Jam as part of his contract. The folks at IDJ probably feel that if Nas gets one album closer to his freedom, then it should be an LP filled with new material. I see both sides of the argument. Hmm, I wonder if Distant Relatives counted against Nas’ deal.

Ultimately, it is the fans who get deprived. Nas is right, he has a solid fan base that he has been building for over 16 years and I’d imagine they Stan over Lost Tapes 2 or at least illegally download it off the Internet (y’all know how y’all do). I know I’ll be purchasing LT2… Well, if it ever drops that is.

What about y’all; are you anticipating Lost Tapes 2? Better yet, will you actually buy it? — Rob Markman

BONUS: Nas’s Lost “Tape 2″ Should Sound Like This.

  • BeerGangsta

    The first Lost Tape by Nas was Super Hard!! My life was in the same situation at the time I heard it. Nas is the Best Rapper to ever live! Nas do what you got to do with them Bastard!! Fuck LA Reid!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/Pierzy Pierzy

    Def Jam should absolutely release Lost Tapes 2 but let’s stop acting like this is the first time a label has just blocked one of its artists.

    I love Nas but this is not the way to get your album released. Yelling at your bosses really doesn’t advance your career.

    • http://yahoo razor

      Why does Nas need to advance in his career? He’s in the all time top 10 of the greatest rappers that ever lived. Illmatic, It was written, I AM , Nostradamus, Stillmatic, God’s Son, Hip hop is dead, The N, and Distant Relatives??? He can live off royalties for the rest of his life if wanted to. He’s executive producer of almost every album, check the credits. He paid his dues so its only right that he gets the respect he deserves.

  • M. Baby!

    Why don’t the superstars of the game form their own distribution company and record label to put out their own music and take their own chances. They’re the ones in the studio late at night putting together good music just for an executive to tell u they’re going to hold off on it. Take your own chance and distribute your own music….and then maybe that’ll stop the leaks.

    • Worley

      Suge Knight, Irv Gotti and J. Prince were forming an independent distribution situation and then…indictments fell from the sky on all three. Don’t think brothers haven’t thought of that.

      As for the letter: its publishing and two mentions of it here tells me that this is probably all promotion for Lost Tapes 2.

      Beef with the record label is the new beaf. 50 should have thought of this.

      • robmarkman

        YO WORLEY!?!? You remember that right? I interviewed Irv one time and asked him about that and he laughed and was like “Go ask Suge.”

  • John Cochran

    I wanna hear the album badly, but from a business standpoint, I can see why the label wouldn’t be so enthused. They would rather have him put out new material to appeal to the younger audience. Let’s face it, the same kids that bought Thank me later,Telfon Don, or even Recovery are not checking for old Nas songs. Put it out as a free download, you’d get about a million downloads, you’ll build anticipation for a new album and if half of those people buy it you’ll go gold. There’s the problem too, Nas doesnt come out enough. He drops an album every 3-4 years with no mixtapes in between.

  • Dick B.

    Def Jam should release the record. I think after Nas wrote that letter it brought more attention to it and now Def Jam has to release it or they will probably be bashed for not releasing it. But as Nas said: Who really cares what company releases a record anyway?
    It’s all about the music

    I would say I’m a pretty big fan of Nas’ music, so I would buy LP2. I haven’t been his last two records (Distant Relatives & N**ger).
    I read that Pete Rock has a joint on there which is another great reason to buy it.

    I was thinking the other day that if someone like Nas or someone like that had released something like really good within a couple weeks of OB4CL2 real hip hop would have gained another step. I’m hoping maybe this album will have a similiar effect

  • bfrmg

    check our video represent part 2 and playaz & macks youtube bfrglobal…

    peace

  • iamlegend100

    def jam need their ass beat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.bboycult.com Don mcCaine

    “Suge Knight, Irv Gotti and J. Prince were forming an independent distribution situation and then…indictments fell from the sky on all three. Don’t think brothers haven’t thought of that.”

    ^ I’ve always thought this applied to Russell Rush too…& Berry Gordy…

  • Yeah Man

    Release that shit Def Jam. I’ll buy it.

  • nasfan canada

    nas should just release it as a mixtape hes going to get fucked over anyways .he is a very talented artist i know id buy the lost tapes 2 .if it rivals the original lost tapes

  • No Name

    It depends on what label he recorded for when he recorded said “lost” tracks. By default, that’s Columbia since he’s technically still w. them via the joint label contract. At the end of the day though, I don’t give a shit about label affiliations, as long as the music is bangin’.

  • @ RAZOR

    why does nas gotta advance in his carreer.?? to get paid mothafukka. . plain & simple. more is better & u know wat.? more is, more. more to receive & more to give ie escobar – peeece.

  • Anonymous

    a riot and a protest are two different things

  • narry

    of course man it’s the perfect precursor to the album and it’s not like def jam can lose in this situation

  • http://myspaceblocknews micheal

    nas is the best at the rap game but what is the dud donig now its time to bring your ass back out all this bullshit being played now its fucking up the hold rap game and duds like nas should not wait to long for the game of hiphop to chang to just music couse thats what it geting to be just music the only one holding thing down right now is rickross jay z need to get back on that block shit im a brooklyn kid and his music is not the same and for jada kiss and and the hard hiphop rapper stop waiting for these dick head rapper to fuck the game up if u take your time off it good but always come back every 6 mouths with a single atless the def jam should have that on paper for all artis to come out every6 mouths with atless a single def jam will get more money and it will be more good musice out

  • http://myspaceblocknews micheal

    and please dont fucking hat on your own people thats why shit cant ever be peace im looking at all this shit people saying fuck LA REID NO THE MAN IS JUST DOING HIS JOB LOVE LA REID RUSSELL EVERYBODY IN DEFJAM STAFF IM HAPPY THAT YOLL ARE STILL KEEPING THING GOING AND EVERYBODY GOT A PART TO PLAY AND PEOPLE MY TALK SHIT BUT DONT NO THE LINE OF WORK AND WHAT YOLL GOT TO PUT UP WITH EVERYBODY THINK SHIT IS EASY COUSE THEY ANT GOT TO DO SHIT BUT TALK SHIT THESE MEN AND WOMEN THAT WORK HARD AS SHIT FOR DEF JAM SHOULD BE THANK FULL NOT TO BE TALK ABOUT YOLL EVEN LUCKY THAT YOLL EVEN GOT A FUCKING PAGE TO SEND A MESSAGE AND IF ITS SO BAD AND THESE PEOPLE MAKE YOLL MADE WHY ARE YOLL EVEN TALKING ABOUT THEM IF U NOT A HATTER BE A MOVER AND REMOVE YOUR ASS OFF DEF JAM SHIT ITS A JOB AND THEY GOT TO PLAY THERE PART AND GO HOME AND FEED THERE KIDS DO YOLL EVEN NO WHAT THAT SHIT IS LIKE DEF JAM STAND UP KEEP DONING GOOD MIKE CEO OF HIPHOPKIDSOLVER FOR INFO HIT ME UP AT gordonbi840@verizon.net 609 4900339