Nas Reportedly Scraps “Nigger” As Album Title

Nas may be as outspoken as they come, but apparently even a revolutionary has to know when to pick his battles. The Queensbridge rapper is reportedly scrapping the controversial title of his forthcoming album, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Nas’s album was set to be called Nigger, but now the project will move forward as a self-titled album, Nas, instead.
The project is scheduled to hit shelves July 1.

The former Firm member created as stir last year when he announced at a New York show that his next album would be titled Nigga. The reaction he received then caused him to up the ante and change the title to the more provocatively spelled, Nigger.

Publicly Def Jam executives, notably L.A.Reid and Jay-Z , supported Nas’ decision and in interviews hailed his artistry as a reason why judgment should not be passed on the rapper’s thinking.

But rumblings soon began that the album would not see the light of day with that title, citing placement in retail stores as one of multiple reasons for a switch.

Nas recently loosen the reins on the tightly-guarded album, by putting the first single from the album, “Be A Nigger Too,” out and servicing it to DJs. The album release date had been pushed back several times. At one point Nigger was set for a February release to coincide with Black History Month.

The QB poet previewed the album for MTV News last week. Among the songs included were “Project Roach,” Y’all My Niggers,” and “This Is Not America.”

Although Nas appeared confident with the album, in an interview with MTV earlier this month, he admitted that because of label pressure he wasn’t sure what the title would be come release time.

“Record stores are gonna have a problem in this day and time selling a record with that title,” Nas explained. “Who knows what’s gonna turn out and be on that title? Who knows what the title will be? It was important to me to let the fans know what the album would be musically…Everybody is trying to stop the title. It’s just people being scared of what’s real. Somebody is trying to open up dialogue for people to talk. People that’s high up, who aren’t really understanding what I’m doing, are scared.

“They’re scared for reason I understand, but the fans gotta know either way: This is he same album,” he finished. “The content is the same, the direction is the same, the message is gonna be everything I intended it to be musically.” -Jayson Rodriguez

  • ronnie

    Dang, nas. you let the man back you down like that? stick to your guns, and keep the name

  • 603883c

    sucka

    • ill G

      he got his point across. The album might be self titled, but everyone’s gonna know this is an album with alot of depth. He just did it cus it would be hard to put in stores with that word strewn across the front cover. He’s a business man. All the talk he did before hand already got ppl thinkin and talkin so he did his job…cant wait till this come out

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  • DopeMG

    I KNEW HE WOULD WHEN HE FIRST ANNOUNCED IT I WAS ON THIS SITE AND POSTED MY COMMENT THAT IF HE KEPT THAT TITLE THAT HIS ALBUM WOULD NEVER SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY AND NOW HE CHANGES IT HOW DID I KNOW THIS WOULD HAPPEN!!!!!! OF CHOURCE HE WAS GOING TO CHANGE IT “SMARTEN UP NAS” “WE DONT BELIVE YOU YOU NEED MORE PEOPLE” TAKE THOSE DAMM PUBLICITY STUNTS SOMEWHERE ELSE

    • iliveonce

      fuck you you scared cracker or house nigga.. ypu were praying you punk faggot.!

    • SO?

      WHO CARES?

  • LBDII

    Nas just go digital and do your own thing.

    Shit it sucks but this album will always have the same name to the fans no matter what its called.

  • Tron Carter

    First. Nas shoulda jus went thru wit it. Fuck procedure

  • $ykotic

    Noooooo!!!!!! This cannot be true!!!!

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!! Booooooooo!!!!!!

    ALL YOU HAD TO DO WAS DO 2 ALBUM COVERS! COVER 1 AND 2! AND WITH JAY IN ON THIS I KNOW THIS IS THE “FLIP”. DAMN.

  • mc2da

    good for you Nas, that’s cool you don’t wanna drop that on the milestone year when were gonna have the first black president, I just hope the albums dope!

  • http://www.myspace.com/cincinnatibeef beef

    bullshit he a sucka for that one i’mma name my shit nigger for him since he couldn’t do it check me out

  • $ykotic

    DAMN!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Klutch

    It’ll still be dope

  • Jdizzel3000

    at first i was like damn sunn you let the man back you down and whatnot…but now that i think about it its like fuck it you kno everybody whos a hiphop fan know what this album was supposed to be called and what its all about..

  • Rockcity

    Well Nas, how about fuck this album and fuck this label and do your own thing remember, Don’t be a black zombie. And yes it’s still the Nigger album I dont give a flying fuck.

  • Collan

    You know he didn’t need the craziness of the name, outside the tha bullshit carter, it was probably the most anticipated hip hop album in 2008, but the fact it looks like he backed down to pressure of the majors, or corporations, Is not cool.

    Less people would have bought your album if you released on an indy, but if if wasn’t gonna be in the stores because of the name. That would have also lessened its impact.

    Nas you are my g.o.a.t. I can just hope its dope musically now, because this was a concept album actually based on the concept Nigger, not a self titled album.

  • niggafrommemphis

    He never even should of thought of naming that shit nigger.One if he didn’t name it nigger,the album woulda been released in december.second,the powers that be will blackball his ass,he ain’t don imus,imus is back on.so,in summary,he never should of called it that in the first place,now niggas gonna think he sold out and now it’s gonna turn to some mo shit.

  • Rodjilius

    dam nas i guess it was too much trouble to start but hell i still wanna hear da album

  • Collan

    I have a suggestion if your reading this Nas?

    Call it N.A.S – Niggers Against Society.

    That the line you used in The Cross.

    N.A.S (the title) abbreviation for

    Niggers Against Society (The Sub-Title)

    What do you niggers think???

    • Mac Sleepy

      I Was Just About 2 Post That… I’m Sure This Is Whut He Has In Mind Already…

      N.A.S…

      He Know Wut He Doin!

  • grindtimerapgame

    i hope the title-change get a lot of talk in the media, and when it hits the shelves it says : nigger… that would be a badass move from nas, and sell shitloads

  • Prophecy_Projectz

    Release the album as a free digital download or mixtape and then spend the summer with Just Blaze, Primo, etc and drop a 4th qtr album

  • MARK CARTEL

    if yall was payin any attention 2 wut u were just readin u would understand da reason 4 da name change…da record label wasnt stressin cuz they was supportin him wit dat title…but record stores was refusin 2 sell it in there stores or hav it in a place in da store where people could c it…dats called product placement…if u got a product in da back of da store they aint even gon know its there 2 buy…so eventually he was gon hav 2 change it…fuck it…da music dat he made 4 da album aint change so ima cop it regardless!!!

  • BIGNAT

    I AM KINDA MAD I JUST WANTED TO TELL ALL THE PEOPLE AT MY JOB WHEN THAT JOINT DROPPED. THAT HEH YOU GUYS GOING GET NIGGER TODAY? I HEARD NIGGER WAS GOING BE ALBUM OF THE YEAR. ALL YOU GUYS NEED TO CHECK NIGGER OUT. THEY DAY AFTER IT DROPS HEH DID YOU PICK UP THAT NIGGER, NIGGER WAS REALLY WORTH IT. I RECOMMEND NIGGER TO ALL YOU GUYS. YOU YEAR WILL NOT BE COMPLETE UNTIL YOU NIGGER IN YOUR LIFE. HHAHAA I COULD DO THIS SHIT ALL DAY NIGGER

  • moresickaMC

    he should have released independent

    • xlwhite

      yeah, im for that idea.cube did it and it worked out well, nas is on the same level, he could do it. theres always next album..

  • avid supporter

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    or

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    (I can do this all day)
    Just some album title thoughts of my own Nasir (if You ever read this)

    “Queens niggas run you niggas ask Russel Simmons”

    • Mr. Rogers

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      well that doesnt end in -er

  • PRODIGAL SON

    From a business perspective I can see where Nas is going with this title change, but I think it lessens the impact of what the album represents. If his content is worthy of such an explicit term as a title then I believe it is justified, and I’m confident Nas will deliver some very awe inspiring and thoughtful words of wisdom. However, it is such an uncomfortable term with such a deep history that many people not familiar with hip-hop will probably be the most outspoken as they wont take the time to familiarise themseleves with his intentions and instead see it as sensationalism, which it is, in a sense, but with good and noble intentions, so that the very people that shy away from that word can confront it and hopefully comprehend the weight it holds.

    peace.

  • DGood

    Who cares what the title is. Leave it untitled if you want, it doesn’t change the content of the album. If the music is good people will hear the message regardless.

  • OfficialT

    His album would not be released with “N*gger” as the title. The corporate folks were not going to go for that. Besides, he’s not the only one to get shut down behind the N word. Either way, instead of putting his MUSIC on halt status, he just retitled it. Well, he left it utitled now, so people can name it what they want. Bottom line, it didn’t change the music itself. Still the same songs, message ect…no need to rip Nas apart over an album title. Besides, he was fighting this alone anyway. It’s not like he could do it by himself. Clearly, Hip Hop doesn’t care about serious issues these days (as you can clearly see) So I’d rather have the music (which is still the same), and give a f-ck less about a title.

  • Dont Do me

    Im happy he changed the title the word nigga has became so commercialized it wouldnt have been as revolutionary as people thought. it would just became another pub stunt like fifty vs kanye or jay z retiring. now he can get his message across without people gettting stuck on the title

  • Nas Still My Nigga

    Actually the album will be Untitled which I think is the best option. Now people can’t bitch, moan, complain, and stroke their vaginas over the album title and can name it whatever the hell they wanna name it.

  • Scozzy baby

    come on naS, your my boy

  • http://www.thablackyoutube.com ThaBlackYouTube

    You didn’t have the power to stand like that from start why go there.

  • THE BLACKMAN

    I TOLD YALL NAS WAS ASS-BETTIN, HE WAS NEVA REALLY PLANNIN ON DROPPIN IT WITH THAT TITLE. DID YALL REALLY THINK STORES WOULD PUT THAT ON THEY SHELVES? IF ANYONE KNEW IT, NAS HIMSELF DID. THIS WHOLES STUNT WAS A BITCH MOVE TO GET SOME ATTENTION. LIKE THE SONG SAID, “HA, MADE YOU LOOK…”

  • doming0

    yo Jason, i saw u in that MTV list show. I know you were heated, why didn’t you speak your mind. I know you thought that list was wack, and didn’t repersent hip-hop. You shoulda told those loser 2 suck ur dick.
    word

  • xlwhite

    damn. the pressure finally got to him. it was a smart title and the way he used it and explained it completely justified it and it would have been used artistically and made people think and perhaps even work against racism in that way. the real problem isnt any ‘nigger’, but the corporate ‘crackers’ that cant recognize this and the bigots and closed minded-”politically correct” “thinking” people that are against the idea and are really killing the so called ‘freedom of speech’ we have. im all for the title and hope nas hasnt really given up on the idea. and i’d feel the same if i wasnt caucasian or any other race. p.s. im going to be pissed if obama doesnt win in november because of white, racist people.

  • Sleepy Wonder

    I Ain’t Too Worried About It, If It’s Gonna Be Self Titled Than People Will Still Be Referring To It As The “Nigger” Album. Just Like The Beatles Self Titled Joint (The White Album).

  • Shawty J

    I already knew an emcee as intelligent as Nas wouldn’t be releasing an album called “Nigga” or “Nigger”. I knew almost immediately Nas was playing the media to draw attention to his album.

  • eLi PoRteR

    MANNN!!! “Fukk dat Nigga” how he gonna do dat shyt??? Don’t evar back down!!!

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  • http://xxlmag.com the brown

    yo! Nas=NIGGER. Just like a n%$*& to do some shit like this! I told you, Niggas ain’t ready for this. The word is too strong and tasteless. Ain’t no way around it. Like I said before, “I see his point of view”, but the shit is a bad idea. It’s too f’n deep. stick to rappin Nas and let us black folks figure this shit out.

  • Mr. Rogers

    Ice Cube would have kept the album Nigger…and probably would have had it all over the cover

    my role model…

  • Maverick

    Let me teach you ignorant niggers something about marketing: The more controversial your shit the more hits it gets!!! My nigga Nas knew that this title wont fly(America and the labels is run by crackaz), what cracker will but this album on the display shelf??, thats why a name change is feasable!!!!!

  • adrian smith

    go back to 1991 and ice t o.g orignal gangster album straight up nigga and the line every body is a nigga to a nigga and n.w.a niggaz 4 life real niggaz dont die nigga 4 life nas nigger records shop aint goin to stock it nas nigger album will flop so nas and def jam had change name look at ice t gangsta rap album

  • Prophecy_projectz

    The main issue now is, is July too soon to release the record? I mean other than the talk on the net and the XXL and Source Covers there really hasnt been a lott promotion for an album that is set to drop in 6 weeks.

    On top of that he’s dropping on the same day as the G-Unit album. Surely they gotta push this back and restrategise the whole direction of the LP in terms of promoting. I supported Nas viewpoint for this album and even thought it wasnt a big deal to name his album Nigger, but I will admit it wasnt thought out carefully.
    Now I wonder if the cynicsm from Joe Public plus lack of standard promo is gonna hurt the album’s sales?

    Guess we’ll get a Nas album but the bad news is, the potential commercial and critical flop could do some real damage to his career.

    Damn…..

  • Pierzy

    He’ll probably call it “N” so that it still gets the point across… I just hope he’s not too revolutionary and loses his artistic focus (Mos Def anyone?)

  • ATL = All Trannies Live

    Thanks Nas for stepping away for the trees to sober up and realize how stupid that was.

  • styleemusic

    DOES IT REALLY MATTER? he got his point across everybody know what the real title of this album is. At the end of the day its still a winner because the lyrical content, the message gets to reach the masses all across the globe as opposed to it being shelved.

  • A

    It don’t matter what the title is really. The content is gonna be a crazy stimulus to hip-hop like George Bush’s stimulus check to boost the economy. What cats are putting out these days is garbage!

  • Danny

    If the album was not going to see the light of day due to the title, then if he did not change it, we would have never heard the album to begin with. So whats the big deal? It is not like he wanted to change it.

    When we cop the album, we will all know the what the real title is…

  • http://xxLMAG jb-da b.stuy reppa

    Good!! I don’t know what the fuck Nas was thinking anyway. Hopefully the album will finally drop now. I been waiting!!!!

    http://www.myspace.com/lidujay

  • grove great1

    You cant hate on him for changing the albums name. Im glad that he changed the name. ‘nigger’ wasnt even a creative name thats what my problem was but its nas he should be more creative

  • JAMAL R ICHINOSEKI

    FUCK ALL YOU FAGS
    AND YOUR COMMENTS YALL BROKE

  • N*gg*r

    No doubt it would have been a major statement to use the title, but for a statement he would have cut off his nose to spite his face. The only mistake homey made was, he should hav released the album soon after he announced it..gave too many people too much time to angle against him. so what?! dude’s legacy is already set, and everyone upset about him “possibly” renaming this art has never been in a situation where they were paid a lot of money to deliver a product to the public;The people that gave you that money need something to brag about, something to show for it[millions spent]and they cant brag about anything derrogatory, perceived or otherwise. Get smart, stop pretending like you dont know how the world works..

  • profit

    The new album title is a metaphor. Nas is that Nigger.

    • Grindtimerapgame

      smart..if he just came out and explained that this discussion would be ended

  • E-MAN

    Ah well, the album maybe called Nas now but dis album will always be known as Nigger regardless. Long as da album’s dope i don’t really mind.

    SW.

  • Furious

    FUCK tha system yo. The album still is Nigger.

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  • http://kellsfetish.com Lo-Doe

    The album still is Nigger and e’body knows it. I think he should’ve took the gamble and rolled the dice.