LINK: Nas speaks on Controversial Album Title

During a recent live performance, Nas set of a firestorm of controversy when he announced that the name of his new LP will be “Nigger.” Since then, reports have circulated suggesting that Def Jam has no intention of dropping an album with that title, and doesn’t even have a Nas LP on their release schedule. MTV News recently caught up with the Queens-bred MC and offered him a chance to clear the air. He explained the meaning of the title and insisted that he is dropping a new project before the year is out.

“We’re taking power 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 from that word.”

Click here to read the full report from MTV News.

  • 110street

    i love this dude. just a brilliant talent to our society.and a real educator. Just listen sometimes before you talk.(type)

    • MIAMI NIGGA

      Thats whats up. Thats my nigga and I’m glad he’s doing it. I understand what he is trying to do. This is going to go over alot of peoples head. Some will call it ignorant but this shit is revolutionary. THE REVOLUTION WILL BE TELEVISED !!!! Its about time somebody gets some balls.

    • http://myspace.com/freshmind101 impecable

      i dont matter wut da albums cal;led he is da best lericest in da game ri na

      myspace.com/freshmind101 get at me hot new music

      • D.Dollar$

        Yo! son go back to school!

  • thetwo4

    ^co-sign

    • Cuban Link

      ^^co-sign

  • jm

    one of the best mc.biggie the first and after nas.nas is a real lyricist and this is what hip hop needs

  • http://www.NeroBeats.com Nero

    Interesting…

  • Cuban Link

    NaS is the fucking man

  • http://www.myspace.com/dopemg dopemg

    Im not feelin nas right now i like the old nas because just last year he was talkin bout how people use the n word too much and how hip-hop was dead and i did not like that album it was hot trash and now he is going back on his word and becomeing just what he was downing last year and no im not hateing on him i give respect when its due and its not due right now becuse he is selling his sole for this album which is probly going to flop like hip hop is dead
    One Mic

  • CHI-C

    at least this was a good publicity stunt.

  • Hotshzzo

    WOW, He did this last year with the title HipHop Is dead, his marketing strategy is to use outrageous titles to attract attention. 50′s marketing plan at least involves competition, nas just thinks of something dumb to say

    • Fire

      I’m a fan of both Nas and 50, but at least Nas makes thoughtful, intelligent music, 50 usually just thinks of something formulaic to say.

  • Iceberg Slimm

    ^^Co-sign. Though this is the best publicity stunt ever. Watch how Wal-Mart wont put it in stores but everyone will buy it mostly an older crowd who dont know how to download and wanna hear what he has to say. The GOAT shall rise you new rap niggas fall back. Nas bout to do Yeezy numbers (or more like Boo Boo’s)

  • http://XXLMAG.COM STREET HOP

    SOME WILL NEVER GET IT. 2 BLACK-2 STRONG!!

  • Omnipotent

    I knew there was a science to it, Nas is one of the last few real emcees left…Copping this

  • Rodjilius

    i heard about his album was actually gonna be called “The N Word” but i guess hes really usin the word more power to u nas if u can do this

  • LiveSince85

    This is what we need. We need our leaders in this industry to shake things up and bring about topics that make us more aware of our culture nowadays. Too many followers and not enough leaders. Much respect to God’s Son. True Fan since I Am….

  • J S-O-T

    Nas is incredibly smart,not only will it generate a shit load of attention but with it being Nas were talkin’ about here, it’ll undoubtedly carry a very significant message.

    Props to possibly the greatest to ever do it.

    p.s off topic but if Dead Prez 3 ain’t on Jay’s new album i’ma nail him to a wall by his lips.

  • James

    I thought the quote was, “The revolution WILL NOT be televised. You socios keep believing what you see on tv…….One word, IMAGINATION, look it up.

  • http://XXLMAG.COM jrockya

    im a nas fan, i brought all his albums. but what a bunch of idoits. how is callin your album “nigga” gonna change anything and take back the word. take it back from what? if u get the right person to say anything yall fall for it. i bet if 2pac or biggie come back and call his album “dumb azz monkey niggaz” yall be like thats revolutionary power. get da hell out of here. that’s bs. and i dont wanna hear that cop out bout i dont understand. there’s nutin to understand. what if that was the name of Kramer’s new comedy tour? did u think of that? if a white person call u nigga before dis album ull wanna fight and if nas sell 5 millions copies of the album “nigga” tomorrow and a white person call u a nigga ull still wanna fight. dont be fool black people just b/c it becoming from your favorite rapper

  • Coon Duck

    I trust Nas and if any rapper could use the Nigger as an album title it would be Nas or Ice Cube, cause they have the intelligence and knowledge to back up whatever they say and it would be most beneficial to the listeners. Im with Nas all the way on the one. From the author of the best selling book, To Hell and Black, The Game Owes Me

  • MEMPHIS

    “SMARTIN UP NAS”

    JAY Z

    • brucieb

      “SMARTEN UP MEMPHIS”

      brucieb

  • http://www.myspace.com/princeunseen allcityunseen

    who cares about the word. no matter what you do or say . people still look at black people as niggers . how do you say black in spanish????? , nig or neg (latin prefix) means black. in eygpt they would call black people nig-riods( this dates to b.c. they didnt complain and fight about it any thing they were called. the world is a racist world from skin color to the amount of money you have . to the class of person you are . everyone on this fucking earth is guilty of it your only human. in slavery times slave owner hated black . yall kill me any way. yall motherfucker be wearing jeans called red monkey. and spend like 500 dollars . red monkey. red monkey . yo i got some clothes coming out this fall called APE SHIT

  • http://www.myspace.com/princeunseen allcityunseen

    who cares about the word. no matter what you do or say . people still look at black people as niggers . how do you say black in spanish????? , nig or neg (latin prefix) means black. in eygpt they would call black people nig-riods( this dates to b.c. they didnt complain and fight about it any thing they were called. the world is a racist world from skin color to the amount of money you have . to the class of person you are . everyone on this fucking earth is guilty of it your only human. in slavery times slave owner hated black . yall kill me any way. yall motherfucker be wearing jeans called red monkey. and spend like 500 dollars . red monkey. red monkey . yo i got some clothes coming out this fall called APE SHIT lmao lmao lmao

  • RUStupid

    This is the type of shit that makes hip-hop and blacks look stupid world wide. Nas Is Already a Legend he does not need gimicks to get publicity for his album ya ok he is one of the best rappers of all time i give him that but why degrade your people like that so if in 10 Years from now a white rapper calles their album Nigger its goin to start a big riot, when don immus called those girls nappy headed hoes look what happed he blamed it on hip hop even tho we all know he is not a fan of rap and does not no anything about it its dumb shit like this that lets him get away with it Nas is one of my favorite rappers but he is washed up and he sold his sole to sell records
    SMARTIN UP NAS

  • Chocolate Rain

    I’m a Nas fan, and I can only hope he really knows what he’s doing with this.

  • AZ40

    I’m glad that someone told those old people who don’t listen to rap and don’t know about the Hip Hop culture to stay out of the conversation

  • http://www.myspace.com/princeunseen allcityunseen

    who cares about the word. no matter what you do or say . people still look at black people as niggers . how do you say black in spanish????? , nig or neg (latin prefix) means black. in eygpt they would call black people nig-riods( this dates to b.c. they didnt complain and fight about it any thing they were called. the world is a racist world from skin color to the amount of money you have . to the class of person you are . everyone on this fucking earth is guilty of it your only human. in slavery times slave owner hated black . yall kill me any way. yall motherfucker be wearing jeans called red monkey. and spend like 500 dollars . red monkey. red monkey . yo i got some clothes coming out this fall called APE SHIT . its going to sell like crazy .. and i got bathing apes to go with it. lmao lmao lmao

  • Biggie

    he should drop the album, fuck all the critics

  • SILLY WILLY

    about time !!!

  • barbarian at the gate

    “We’re taking power from that word.”

    Talk about a line of utter bullshit.

    Nas is simply exploiting that garbage slur for all the underlying shit psychology and bad baggage that comes with that word.

    Why?

    To make as much fucking $ as he can off it.

    Simply a stunt/vehicle to feed Nas’s wallet and breed contempt on all levels.

    Very bad commentary on the times we live in.

  • Chris S

    so does this mean us white kids can say this word now?….well i hope so because i am going to have a tough time explaining what album i’m going to buy

    • Da Kid

      LMFAO!!!! “Yes I would like to cop the new Nas album “NIGGER” [clerk puches chris S in da jaw and he gets beat by angry hiphoppers] LMAO!! Nas is kinda losing me on dis one dough.

      • the one

        HAHAHAHAHA!!

  • NAS ISA MORON

    A NIGGER CALLING HIS CD NIGGER, WUT DA PROBLEM IS?

  • LWonder

    yeessss siiiirrrr!!

  • May

    LMAO @ Chris S…

    This poses a dilemma for you, doesn’t it?

    :D

    Anyway, the album title is interesting in itself. And I always want to know what Nas has to say.

    my top: 1. biggie 2. nas 3. eminem

  • King Joffy Joe

    I don’t know what to think or say about this one. A part of me wants to celebrate this album, but then again, the other part of me wants to consider Nas to be a fucking idiot. Either way, i’m left here still feeling absolutely dumbfounded. What’s next? Is Eminem going to come out with an album called “Cracker” or “Honkey”? I just don’t get it.

  • Andre Samuels

    Nas is finally gonna take the power out of the N-word. Damn, its bout time. All these other cats using it, just didn’t have the clout he has, thats why the word still has power…..if you believe this non-sense, your as dumb as the CEO that told NAS to pull this crap. If you want to “take the power” out of the N-word, think about what that means. IT means that when somebody, white calls you it…it should not bother you. If YOU ALL, are in that place spiritually, great for you. I AM NOT. This album is gonna have every white hip hop fan in america calling YOU–nigger. Every one of them, in best buy, asking the counter lady, DO YOU HAVE NIGGER?

  • Revo Montana

    Errm, what I think is you dudes lookin for somethin ‘intelligent’ because it’s Nas saying it.

    Don’t change the fact that it’s a dumb title and nowadays Hip Hop is not just listened to by Black people, when your White hip hop dude goes into your supermarket and asks for ‘Nas – Nigga’ I’m sure people who are not familiar with Nas, are gonna have a few words to say. And it’ll probably be just a bystander not the clerk.

    I doubt he’ll get away with this one…. Nas, do as Joe Budden said and “Chill Joe stop it, skill will speak for you, don’t pop shit”

    Common needs to school him on taking power from Black-ness.

  • Swizzie

    I take back what i said about the title, the name is more then justified

  • CEE

    TIME CHANGE!!! WHAT NI$$A USE TO MEAN BACK IN THE DAYZ! DON’T MEAN THE SAME IN THIS DAY & TIME!! I FEEL NAS ON WHAT HE IS SAYIN! THE PEOPLE THAT REPP NI@@A IS IN THE STREET! STRUGGLING! SEE THE PROBLEM IS RAP IS TOUCHNG EVERY CORNER F THE WORLD!! & IT COMMERCIALIZE, KEEP IT FUNKY & HOOD!! THEY WOULD NEVER UNDERSTAND US!! 1000 NI@@A’S!!!

  • F*K NAS

    SOMEBODY BODY NAS B4 HE DROPS IT THAT’LL SOLVE IT.

  • http://www.soundclick.com/thebestoutproductionsanwww.myspace.com/thebestoutproductions Logyc*

    man…nas is the truth an ni*** probably don’t like most of the sh** he put out,but listen to that ni**a.if nas what to come out with a album call nigger or whateva,don’t critisize it, get it, buy it, to see where he coming from like “anthony hamilton”an like me i don’t RAP!! im beyond that feel me that’s the type of sh** nas on jay-z to and nas ain’t the only one who would put sumthing out like that….the city im from CHI! common would to but “nas go back like bath ruth with a bat” lol so if that happen just cop, pop and listen feel me the name logyc* chicago get at me

  • http://www.xxlmag.com EReal

    Ok yall, so dont be mad when a buncha cracka ass crackas are runnin around callin each other nigga and tellin yall “you my nigga, dawg”. Yeah right, yall gon be pissed at that, so dont sit here and act like Nas is tha god for sayin “we gonna take the power from that word” whatever, you cant take the power from that word. So getcha mind right, that word will never not have power, too many people have died and suffered and have been persecuted behind that word for it to not have power, thats disrespect to the people that got you here. Nas is trying to sell records. Period. Dont exhault this dude.
    Just my .02

    peas.

  • Daytons#1DraftPick

    Nas once said that people was using the “N” word too much, now thats what he’s naming his album. Nas also said that people are a walking contradiction of themselves. MAD LOVE TO NAS!

  • http://www.myspace.com/the_trap_boy el negro

    gud shyt nas takin power frm tha word we git pissed off wen ppl call us that now that time is almost over

  • TIRON

    “i dont matter wut da albums cal;led he is da best lericest in da game ri na”

    lmfao@the spelling of lyricist.

    bill cosby would have a field day with that.

  • A

    Nas is the best rapper of all times.

  • strider

    WHAT EVER HAPPEN TO PRIDE AND SELF RESPECT. LOOSE PANTS WITH THE UNDERWEAR SHOWING, SPEAKING IN EBONICS LINGO,KILLING EACH OTHER IN ALARMING NUMBERS WITH BLACK ON BLACK CRIMES AND ITS ALL JUSTIFIED AS LONG AS THE PEOPLE CALLING THE N WORD, AND DOING THE KILLING ARE BLACK PARTICIPANTS. BY ALL MEANS LETS MAKE IT EVEN EASIER TO BE SEEN AS MORE OF A STEREO TYPE RACE, LET THE NAACP BURY THE N WORD, WE CAN RESURRECT IT WITH NOS’ NEW RAP CD. GO BURN THE SLAVE MASTERS SHIP, JUST TO BUILD ONE OF OUR OWN, ITS O.K. WE,LL CALL IT THE GOOD SHIP N-POP. THAT SHOULD MAKE US FEEL BETTER. BECAUSE A BLACK RAPPER SAYS SO…WAY TO GO PROFIT, I,M SURE MLK WOULD,VE BEEN PROUD OF YOU !

  • G- eDOUBLE

    LOOK UP RICHARD PRYOR ALBUMS IF YOU ARE SOOOOOO FUCKING OFFENDED !!! IT IS JUST A WORD PEOPLE !!!

  • F*K NAS

    Yo gedouble and everybody else who feels words are just Words. fuk alldat “its just a word” shit. I’ll show u the power of one word. On TI’s sentencin day, the difference between him bein guilty and doin time or NOT guilty and goin free is ONE WORD. f*k nas. and everyone dat look like him. and trust me, he used to be number one on my list. now he’s NOT.

  • THEGOD

    1st off people….you are on a computer right? spell check ya shit before you post. if you gonna try and be articulate be literate. anyway NAS….i see this might be the most hyped up album all year. people saying def jam won’t drop it. people sayin Nas will lose fans (HA!). people are gettin offended and didn’t hear a note, a clip, a bar from the LP. it worked already. black people give too many dormant entities too much power. ie; words, white people (in general), bling. we are the most self conscious people i know on this planet. its always a concern with other people will view us. me personally the word nigger or nigga which ever it is because its the same thing people stop frontin, does nothing to me. do i get offended. no. i get offended when i person delivers an offensive statement. we as humans know when somebody is tryin to be insulting. but we as people blow shit way out of content sometimes. but Nasir got my attention with this one. hopefully DefJam will see the art and not the controversy.

  • THEGOD

    wait!!? 2 Pac’s 2nd LP Strictly 4 my N.i.g.g.a.z? were you offended back then? NO! why are you now? answer that!

  • King Joffy Joe

    Tupac himself said it best in the “Resurrection” movie; “Nig-Gers are the brothers hanging out of trees with ropes around their necks”. “Nig-Gaz are the ones hanging out at clubs with gold ropes”. Now, take that to the fuckin’ bank.

    • King Joffy Joe

      Oh, and by the way, Nas’ album is going to be called “Nig-Gers”, not “Nig-Gaz”, people.

  • WHITEDUDE

    So check this out. I’m a straight hip hop head to the core. Yes I’m white, and yes I enjoy Nas and the knowledge that he spits. Even when he has songs that I can’t realy relate to, I still got respect for those songs. But on the real, how am I gonna go to the store and ask for that new Nas joint, “Nigger”? I just don’t see that working out for me to well. Or what about talkin to my boys about it, (some white, some black)talkin bout “damn son, I just copped that new Nas shit “Nigger”". Is he realy “taking the power out of that word” or is it just going to breed more hatred and controversy?

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  • moh.p

    cant fuk wid nas,, new york king, i dont care wat da albums called cos its all bout da tracks anyway, plus people need to here his new track it sounds fresh, but still pure, got da tight nas flow – (Surviving the times)

  • joey doe

    stir up the crazieness as much as you can nas!

  • JAYSTONE

    Nas is the shit.

  • KDOUble

    Damn, yall need think before you respond so emotionally..white, black, puerto rican, or asia we all have dealt some type of discrimination or racism–look at the album title for what it is a title somethin’ reppin’ one man’s perspective how you feel is how you feel..O’ to all the white folks scared to cope the album or discuss the title say the damn word after this ALBUM IT WON’T MEAN NOTHING ANYMORE. WORD BON!

    RBG FO’ LIFE