Throwing dog shit on a magical moment

So, Def Jam didn’t want to put out the Lost Tapes 2, because there’s no business case to do so, and this is not like 2002 or whenever, when you could just put out any ol’ BS and it wouldn’t end up costing the label a shedload of money, and so Nas wrote Def Jam a letter explaining how he isn’t a slave? I guess that sounds reasonable.

No but really, I can’t see how this could possibly end up working out well for Nas.

What does he really expect to come of this? Is Def Jam gonna change its mind and put out the album, because they’re afraid 100,000 Nas fans are gonna show up to the Def Jam, holding picket signs and clutching copies of the dreaded n-word album? Presumably, the Def Jam building is in a nice part of town, even though I heard it has bed bugs, which may or may not be related to Foxy Brown’s well-documented personal hygiene issues. If as few as 10 Nas fans got anywhere near the Def Jam building, 5-0 would probably stop them to ask if they had any weed in their pocket. Which of course they would.

There went that plan.

Plus, it’s not like Nas crafted a worthy sequel to Illmatic. If he had, and Def Jam wouldn’t release it, for whatever reason, I’d be out in front of the Def Jam building myself, with a bullhorn, in a velour sweat suit (which I need to cop anyway, because all fat black guys should own a velour sweat suit), shouting things that I’m sure would upset a tall Israeli. I’d connect my iPod to a public address system and blare Mos Def’s “The Rape Over” on a continuous loop.

This is just the Lost Tapes 2. If it isn’t released on CD, so someone at the plant can steal a copy (you’d think there’d be a solution to this by now), take it home and rip it, and upload it to mediafire or whatever, where we can illegally download it, we can just wait until it pops up on the Internets anyway – because Nas himself leaked it, to stoke interest in his next real album, or because the white guy from 2dopeboyz figured out Nas’ email password (I’d try “milkshake”), or whatever. A label refusing to release an album would only be an issue if that actually meant we’d never get to hear the album, like back in the ’90s.

If the goal was just to make the public aware that he has a problem with his label, I’m at a loss for why that was even necessary. We already know he has a problem with his label. He puts out albums that couldn’t possibly be commercially successful, usually with one cynical attempt at a crossover single that’s somehow even worse than the rest of the songs on the album. His last album was named after the dreaded n-word, and then the single was produced by Polow da Don, the self-proclaimed King of the White Girls. (I’m so jealous.) A mutual appreciation of pot-smoking may have been the impetus for that album he did with Damian Marley, but at least the latter was coming off of the ur-obnoxious “Welcome to Jamrock.” I could see how the white people in charge may have thought that was a good idea. Or at least better than anything Nas could come up with on his own.

Alas, Distant Relatives didn’t exactly set the world on fire, now did it? I had to check the world’s most accurate encyclopedia to see if really did come out this year. Things vanish from my consciousness so quickly these days, especially if I don’t really give a shit about them. Def Jam spent a lot of money on that album, shooting videos, sending them out on tour, where you know good and well people just showed up to see Nas play songs from Illmatic, and what have you. And that was just a few months ago. Why should they bother putting out another Nas album so soon, except for the fact that, as Nas pointed out, they don’t have shit else to release this fall? Throwaway collections are for artists coming off of albums people actually bought, like when Jay-Z would put out those albums with Linkin Park, and R. Kelly, and probably a buncha other shit I’ve long since forgotten about.

This was all very obvious to me, and I didn’t even know the actual names of the white people Nas works for until just now. But I did find the letter good for a chuckle of two. Kudos to Nas for bring a bit of enjoyment to my life this fall. It isn’t every fall that that happens.

  • ri067953

    I wish people would already jump off of Nas’s jock and realize that anything he realized after ’94 is bullshit and not pump up his ego so that he behaves like the slave he is.

  • sealsaa

    ^People continue to sleep on “It Was Written” and “Stillmatic”. Shame. I mean really, to dismiss the man as a one trick pony because he failed to top a classic? You say it as if its simplicity in itself. None of the heavy-hitters from his time was able to release even 1 classic, and that includes Big.

  • sealsaa

    ^People continue to sleep on “It Was Written” and “Stillmatic”. Shame. I mean really, to dismiss the man as a one trick pony because he failed to top a classic? You say it as if its simplicity in itself. None of the heavy-hitters from his time was able to release even 1 classic, and that includes Big.

    • Deadly MIME

      i agree It Was Written was and still is asplet on album. the concepts and beats were fire. in a sense, Illmatic and it was Written are neck for neck

  • bighorse

    That what happens when you become Jay-z bitch.

  • Domjell

    If any of you clowns had matured since Illmatic’s inception you would be able to appreciate his last two albums. Mainstream rap has become so dumb-downed most of you cats don’t know what he’s talking about. If it’s not catering to some European fashion garb like Kanye’s obsession with Christion Dior, Prada etc… it doesn’t get shine. Or Officer Ricky’s blatant Fantasy Island rhymes. If rap is to grow its fans must want it. You know what? Nevermind!

  • Worley

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

    Beaf with the record label is the new beaf with a rapper. 50 should have thought of this.

    • DV8

      50 did that already and then him and Jimmy Iovine made up

  • Da Boy 2 Watch

    Bol, You dumb azz…Nas never leaked that email, Kelis did. Your post are stupid as hell.

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

    “ri067953 says:”

    ^ boooooo

    ‘It Was Written’
    ‘Stillmatic’
    ‘Street’s Disciple’-very debatable, listen again

    And if anyone out there heard ‘Untitled’ & ‘Distant Relatives’, you could tell that he was leading down this path of outburst.

    It might be the only promotion he needs…

  • Dick B.

    Fans don’t support artists anymore like they used to. What ever happened to people who actually like boom bap? If fans want an certain artists to continue to survive or prosper they need to BUY (I capitalized that because I felt it needed imphasis) the material. Sure they still could bootleg it back then (and now more than ever), but most bought the stuff as shown by record sales (I believe the last Platinum album Nas had was Street’s Disciple.) Thats the problem, Def Jam doesn’t believe they’re getting anything out of their investment.
    How many albums does Nas have to do with Def Jam anyway?

    • Domjell

      d b, good points. But Untitled went gold which says alot during this climate. And didn’t HHID debut at #1. Dude is still relevant, the problem is he has a cult following whereas Jay has infiltrated (masterfully) corporate opportunities so the comparison makes it look as if Nas is not making business sense.

    • Domjell

      d b, good points. But Untitled went gold which says alot during this climate. And didn’t HHID debut at #1. Dude is still relevant, the problem is he has a cult following whereas Jay has infiltrated (masterfully) corporate opportunities so the comparison makes it look as if Nas is not making business sense. Think about it, dude finds ways to self promote his own albums by starting conversations just with album titles, the labels aren’t pushing shit.

  • indeed!

    Nas is way smarter than the sheep give him credit!

  • Escobar9300

    Man, some of you are fools if you still aren’t able to appreciate Nas after all this time? Nas is the last true link left to the real golden age of hip hop, when lyricism and street smarts could be found in the same cd jewel case. How the fuck could a record lable not want to put out Lost Tapes II? Did anyone at Def Jam even listen to the first Lost Tapes? The shit was fuckin legendary, and to me, the first Lost tapes sits at number three and can be placed right under Illmatic and Stillmatic. Stop being cheap and let the homie Nas give the people who love and support hip hop what they want! And to these pseudo hip hop fans who scream they are tired of the shit they are hearing on the radio, but still wont get off their broke asses to buy a Nas album like Distant Relatives or Hip Hop is Dead, yet you wonder why the game is fucked up. Don’t complain that the house is hot, but continue keep the god damn oven on. You want real hip hop? Then support real hip hop. You want fake shit, well, then fuck you because you’re a lost cause anyways.

  • Jigga Man

    Smarten up Nas.

  • audio tech

    i’d like to get Lost in Kelis’ milkshakes!!

  • T-marT

    honestly check this. i didnt cop the album right 10$ we talking distant relatives, btw great album… but what i did do was went 2 see my man nasir and jr. gong put on an amazing live show, that was 50$ bones.. cd’s arent that dip no more regardless, The Lost Tapes 2 is like a cult following asked for by the fans for the fans!!! so thats why its crazy for the label to not put out, cuz the people demanded this product! i thought la reid n nas were tight?

  • T-marT

    NaS – doo rags , play this joint in the winter u already know what it is

  • Kev

    Def Jam need to make a deal with Nas: they will put out the shit if he promises to stop with all the wack beats on his shit. I don’t care if you the best emcee ever: wack beats kill you (see Rakim’s last joint.)

    He should put out a joint like the new Kanye with nothing but the best prodducers. Have a joint by Dre, a joint by Rock, a joint by Premp, a joint by Electronica, and so on. None of this “2 good beats and the rest bargain bin bullshit”, or bringing in that gay fag Will.I.Am to remake an old beat. Just the good shit and people will stop saying you fell off.

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