Nas Sets July 15 Date For Untitled Album

Nas’s long-delayed follow-up LP to Hip-Hop Is Dead finally has a solid release date. The Queensbridge rapper’s Untitled album will see the light of day July 15, it was announced today.The project had long been set to be called, first, Nigga, before Nas incited a number of Civil Rights leaders by changing it to the more controversial Nigger. Def Jam executives L.A. Reid and, at the time, Jay-Z, supported Nas’s creative rights, saying an artists as profound as the QB poet would deliver thought-provoking work. Reverend Al Sharpton, however, among others, weren’t convicted a project with such an inflammatory title could be considered art.Nas eventually relented and scrapped the album title altogether. New Def Jam head honcho Shakim Stewart told XXLmag.com previously that despite the title switch the content is very much intended as originally conceived.Green Lantern partnered with Nas recently to put out The Nigger Tape, a mixtape union that previews the rapper’s album. Rik Cordero also collaborated with Nas for the video to his “Be A Nigger Too.” Both projects, along with the Untitled album’s cover, seem to strongly convey’s Nas’s message.”It’s important to me that this album gets to the fans,” Nas said in a statement. “It’s been a long time coming. I want my fans to know that creatively and lyrically, they can expect the same content and the same messages. It’s that important. The streets have been waiting for a long time. The people will always know what the real title of this album is and what to call it.”Polow Da Don produced the first single, “Hero.” Other collaborators include Busta Rhymes and Mark Ronson (“Fried Chicken”), Cool & Dre, DJ Toomp (“N.I.G.G.E.R.”), stic.man, Jay Electronica, and Stargate.—Jayson Rodriguez

  • ronnie

    the cd to get along with krs-one

  • A

    Damn, this cd is gonna be so explosive. There’s so much trash playing on the radio and in the videos. How do you drop a bomb album in todays confused music where lolli pop wayne is a so called great rapper?

  • 210

    It was originally scheduled for July 1st. Everybody that released that day has pushed back! They know whats about to happen on July 1st. T.O.S! But i respect Nas for being creative I might just cop that also.

    • zack

      haha TOS bricked bad

  • http://www.xxlmag.com the chancellor

    G-Unit!!
    Don’t come fuckin wit my soldiers boy, or u get laid out, and ima say I told you boy!

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  • changeman

    Can’t wait for this album, & Hell Yeah the true fans gonna remember it’s true name, Nigger. I love the first video for be a nigger too. Nas you killin em with that knowledge shit. Lil Wayne’s album was just ok to me, it wasn’t that impressive, his mixtape were betta than the accual product.

  • mick

    man look at the producers – this ablum is going to be bullshit

  • JAMAL

    G-UNIT??? NOBODY IS CHECKIN FOR THAT LAME SHIT. THAT G-UNIT SHIT IS DEAD!!!

    ESCO LET’S GO!!!

  • Its Me

    Cant Wait For This Shit !

  • http://xxlmag.com the brown

    Yo. Thanks double X mutha fuckin L for the huge announcement. Most of us did’nt get that memo-yesterday!

  • ZAP

    Yo Nas, Yu gonna Kill ‘em Fake azz Rappers with this Album Man…Lovin Fried chicken ft Busta I just heard it somewhere on internet, Hero and Nigga…. I”m from Srilanka..and we LOve you down here…..Hope you’d come and perform live someday…Much love and peace….

  • 239allday

    Maybe God’s son can rescusitate hiphop with this album.

  • Jriggs

    Mick, you are exactly right. The album will be crap. I guess he is getting in on what’s hot in today’s producers. Where the hell is Large Professor, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, etc. The list can go on. I guess he is not employing anymore notable producers for a boombap feel. He is going from Hip Hip Is Dead to this? Forget the subject matter. I understand what he is saying in regards to sociopolitical issues. But, I’m not fond of his choice of producers. The producers I mentioned above have more than enough talent to destroy this commercial wackness. Come on Nas!!!

  • A

    NAS is the greatest rapper ever!
    Too complicated for you simplistic listeners! See that’s why he made the album NIGGER! Trying to reach out to you niggas that’s slow. Buy the album! Some of the songs a he slowed down the tempo and the flow so you SPED ASS niggas get it. Only a real rapper with substance has that option. Lollipop rappers need to get their GEDS. Then maybe they’ll have that dynamic. Until then ya’ll niggas is inferior, PERIOD!