XXcLusive: Nas’s Scathing Email to Def Jam Confirmed

Earlier this morning (October 7) an email allegedly written by Nas to the higher ups at Def Jam was circulated on the Internet. In the letter, God’s Son scolds his record label for refusing to release a sequel to his 2002 compilation, The Lost Tapes. [Read below]

XXLMag.com has confirmed with a source close to the QB lyricist that the letter was indeed written by Esco, and that while he did not intend for the email to become public, he is not upset that it has. Nas has declined to speak to XXL about the situation.

Last month, Nasir proudly announced via his Twitter account that he was working on the follow up LP, “It’s coming,” he wrote on September 15 “… LOST TAPES VOLUME TWO!!!” MTV News even confirmed a December 14 release date of the disc. Yet, as of press time, the album’s fate is still undetermined.

Stay tuned to XXLMag.com as more on this story develops.

From: Nas

To: LA Reid, Steve Bartels, Steve Gawley, Michael Seltzer, Joseph Borrino, Chris Hicks
Subject: PUT MY SHIT OUT!

Peace to all,

With all do respect to you all, Nas is NOBODY’s slave. This is not the 1800′s, respect me and I will respect you.

I won’t even tap dance around in an email, I will get right into it. People connect to the Artist @ the end of the day, they don’t connect with the executives. Honestly, nobody even cares what label puts out a great record, they care about who recorded it. Yet time and time again its the executives who always stand in the way of a creative artist’s dream and aspirations. You don’t help draw the truth from my deepest and most inner soul, you don’t even do a great job @ selling it. The #1 problem with DEF JAM is pretty simple and obvious, the executives think they are the stars. You aren’t…. not even close. As a matter of fact, you wish you were, but it didn’t work out so you took a desk job. To the consumer, I COME FIRST. Stop trying to deprive them! I have a fan base that dies for my music and a RAP label that doesn’t understand RAP. Pretty fucked up situation

This isn’t the 90′s though. Beefing with record labels is so 15 years ago. @ this point I just need you all to be very clear where I stand and how I feel about “my label.” I could go on twitter or hot 97 tomorrow and get 100,000 protesters @ your building but I choose to walk my own path my own way because since day one I have been my own man. I did business with Tommy Mottola and Donnie Einer, two of the most psycho dudes this business ever created. I worked well with them for one major reason……. they believed in me. The didn’t give a fuck about what any radio station or magazine said….those dudes had me.

Lost Tapes is a movement and a very important set up piece for my career as it stands. I started this over 5 years ago @ Columbia and nobody knew what it was or what it did but the label put it out as an LP and the fans went crazy for it and I single handlely built a new brand of rap albums. It’s smart and after 5 years it’s still a head of the game. This feels great and you not feeling what I’m feeling is disturbing. Don’t get in the way of my creativity. We are aligned with the stars here, this is a movement. There is a thing called KARMA that comes to haunt you when you tamper with the aligning stars. WE ARE GIVING THE PEOPLE EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT. Stop throwing dog shit on a MAGICAL moment.

You don’t get another Nas recording that doesn’t count against my deal….PERIOD! Keep your bullshit $200,000.00 fund. Open the REAL budget. This is a New York pioneers ALBUM, there ain’t many of us. I am ready to drop in the 4th quarter. You don’t even have shit coming out! Stop being your own worst enemy.

Let’s get money!

-N.Jones

  • M. Baby!

    Damn, sad man. I said it before that Hip-Hop is the way it is now because of those record excecs. That’s why I don’t want to blow up, I’ll let my beats speak for themselves and if God willing it gets the attention I think it should, then it’s all good. That Rap game is messed up…you gotta be a slave to those people and you’re the one with all of the creativity. I see why Jay left and went with Roc-Nation. More control. And I also see why there are a slew of mixtapes being put out…record labels won’t put out albums unless u sound like the next person making their kind of music and not yours.

  • BD

    I agree with everything Nas said….but Nas fell off years ago…no hate

    • Donte

      best said by i esco to me the greatest rapper of all time….i dont think he fell off he just choose anotheer path

      • Anonymous

        shit my fault aint finished…..but he just is on other shit not that the music aint good(nigger is a classic) but the public dont care anymore about wht he talks about…everyone been saying he fell of since it was written come on now NOBODY IS EVERY TOPPIN ILLMATIC PERIOD….i fell sorry 4 nas though

    • CRZA

      No…you fell off in terms of understanding his music.

    • Mr. Redz

      NaS never fell off cuz!!!

    • Sha raw vkg

      ?? nas fell off no hate? What you mean Nas fell off? you probably not following along. Nas started this bash auto tune shit. His words alone got everybody in the game spitting bars even lil wayne. Nas is a Godfather is this game fool. no homo.

    • Ian

      To all of u who say nas fell off,ur buggin.He’s one of the best lyricist to date.As time goes on,u need to change.The 1st Lost Tapes was one of the best albums written.I say Def Jam needs to let their artists be artists.Look what they did to LL,and Meth

    • Joe

      Nas fell off years ago? Are you fucking crazy. And record Nas does will hold up for generations. He could put out a track of him just freestyling and it would be better than anyone who is popular now. Hip hop is going down the fucking tubes cause of people like drake, kayne, nicki minaj and all the other tight jean wearing faggots that disrespected this game.

  • BeerGangsta

    They are Jealous of NAS!! The best Rapper around!! LA Reid is a JackAzz!! Like Nas said nobody care about what label you on!! It’s all about the Sell!!

    • S O U P B O N E

      I said it before and I say it again.

      DEF JAM has single handedly destroyed the state of HIP HOP.

      Jay Z was the beginning. This e-mail confirms my outside thoughts of this sad situation.

      Where’s the hope when you let a ex-drug dealing kniving back stabbing lyric biting MC head the label…. Where’s the hope? Jay Z is the reason… he gave these dupes the power to continue in his path of destroying what Russel and Rick started….

      DEF JAM was built on RAP and Rock not R&B yeah there should be growth but you can’t forget the essence.

      What’s up with the 4th quarter? DEF JAM ain’t got nobody to drop or are they dropping everybody worth anything by forcing MAJOR acts to try to put out projects with undergorund budgets…. $200,000 what is that worth? One beat?

      HIP HOP started on the East and is being assassinated from within. That West Coast Gangsta Shit and That slow dumb Down South flow can not be blamed.

      • fredd

        SOUPBONE-
        i agree with u on your point about how u cant blame the west coast or the south for the lack of substance in music lately. NYC created so much for it and then stopped bringing the quality in the mid 2000s. Other parts of the country just picked up the ball and rolled with it because nyc dropped it.

  • Leek

    Chamillionaire spoke about Universal wanting 50% cut of a his profits that came from retail mixtapes without providing a budget or staff for him.

    Lupe Fiasco talked about how Atlantic shelved him after he refused to sign a 360 deal.

    Now Nas’ e-mail, MC’s ain’t fucking around anymore

  • Money Mitch

    Nas is 99.9% correct in his letter. The only thing he said that was false is that he started a new style of rap album with the lost tapes. I.c.p. did it in 98′ with forgotten freshness theirs went platinum. Nas is right though def jam need to quit bullshittin’ and l.a. reid needs to realize just because people know his name and what he does, doesn’t mean anybody gives a fuck!!!

  • Sha

    The first thing that jumps out at me in this letter is this…..

    NAS TRULY NEEDS SOME EDUCATION.

    While the average kid can pick apart this letter and get the gist of what he is trying to say, it reads like an 8th Grader wrote it.

    I have always been impressed with Nas’s intellect. In hip-hop he is miles above the competition when it comes to lyrical word play. There is none greater.

    But this is shockingly uneducated. Shockingly! Not only does his “basic” usage of words sound juvenile, but it also speaks volumes about his business savvy.

    Why would you let a letter, clearly meant for in-house consumption, leak to the public? Furthermore, why would you even write a letter? If contract problems occur or finger-pointing begins, you have just given the executives a hard-copy of your ill will towards them. Mega dumb.

    But that’s not where it ends. Nas goes on to “brag” about the beefs he held with previous execs. He even calls them crazy! Now I don’t know about you, but although these dudes might not hold power in the company he now calls home, they have EXTREMELY powerful friends. Nas is not only alienating Def Jam execs, but he is also riling up other company execs who happen to be friends of those people. Dumb move. Because as it stands, Nas is definitely not going to be a long-term investment for Def Jam.

    And his stupidity continues even further!
    Nas actually brags about himself as if he’s God in the letter. Now everyone knows he’s a legend, but come on…. Do you need to give yourself praise like that? It comes across as arrogant. And bragging that you “Created a new Genre” with THE LOST TAPES? Come on Nas…..

    Ultimately Nas has shown the world one big thing. Although he put TNT in jigga’s mouth and blew his face off with EITHER, it was Jigga who’s getting the last laugh. As a rule of thumb…. NEVER GO INTO BUSINESS WITH A PREVIOUS ENEMY. YOU MAY HAVE GOTTEN OVER THE BEEF, BUT YOU CAN’T SEE INTO YOUR ENEMY’S HEAD TO MAKE SURE HE HAS (use caution with 50, Kanye). Who’s to say this wasn’t Jigga’s whole plan to begin with? He had intimate knowledge of the inner workings of Def Jam. Check Mate bitch!

    Nas has shown the world his extreme lack of discipline. He has made no “real” improvement with his career. His personal life is in shambles. His ex-wife and the feds are after him for money. And now, he’s signed a deal with a label that focuses more on R&B than on Hip-Hop.

    A legendary artist. Maybe the greatest of all time. But a seriously stupid mortal.

    • that nigga

      Dude, We all know Nas dropped outta school in the 8th grade you genius. (thats sarcasm, not props) Anyway, he does have a very valid point and more artists should stand up like Lupe and Nas. Also Sha, this letter wasnt supposed to made public:

      “XXLMag.com has confirmed with a source close to the QB lyricist that the letter was indeed written by Esco, and that while he did not intend for the email to become public, he is not upset that it has. Nas has declined to speak to XXL about the situation.”

      I like how you picked this apart but did you read it or just skim through it?

    • El Tico Loco

      Damn Sha! What Borders you gonna have the book signing at? lol

      By what that email states Nas obviously don’t care what other record execs think, the ones he call psycho he went on to say that those were the ones that had his back, so don’t make it seem like it was a dart, it was more like a backhanded compliment. But I really believe all these rappers are fed up, because timing is everything in the industry and they haven’t been making the most of it. Case and point look at the time gap between 50′s buzz and GRODT, then look at the time gap between Drake’s buzz and TML. The moment Nas announced he was dropping LT2 Reid should’ve got the ball rollin on promo, but this e mail might be the biggest buzz LT2 might have, if they’re not gonna push all the artists equally then don’t sign the ones they won’t.

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

        Yo Sha…

        Did you read the email or skim thru it and comment according to your personal intangibles on why you don’t like Nas?

        How do you know they didn’t try this w/Jay, and that’s the reason he paid to get out?

        DJ’s sounds like they’re trying to give Nas a 360 deal with a little budget $ that ain’t enough to have sh^t cleared, mastered and packaged right and probably will only replicate 30-50K copies for sale. AND still will have son on the books for another album.

        “Because as it stands, Nas is definitely not going to be a long-term investment for Def Jam.”

        ^ LA is in charge Of Def Jam, not Universal. Nas can be moved to another label (i.e. Interscope), the same way they moved him when they did the ‘Distant Relatives’ project, the same way they moved Game, they same way they are talking about moving Ross.

        I don’t understand what his use of grammar, his education, or his personal life have to do with this. It’s obvious his vision isn’t that cloudy enough to not see the bullsh^t being played in front of him and call it.

        “And now, he’s signed a deal with a label that focuses more on R&B than on Hip-Hop.”

        ^ Sha he was on Sony (Columbia), the only major rap artist on that label for a while.

        #thinkaboutit

        • koffybrown

          Well said.It’s and email for God sakes not an essay…Nas has the right to stand up for what he believes in,shit more artist should do the same instead of being a puppet.Way to go Nas! you’re way too talented to keep putting up with bullshit.Put His Shit Out!!!

    • sb

      you think he should of stayed with columbia?

    • Karim

      You said all of that bullshit to say what? A waste of two minutes reading your hatin’ ass post. What are you, a gay English teacher? Take Jay’s dick out of your mouth and show respect bitch.

      • nelly

        karim took the words out my mouth n im a jay fan but im not riding him like tht jay cant fuck with nas lyrically n thts real bitch shit he may need education but u need his uneducated money sha lol sit down somewhere n write a book on ur opppinions bc noone here cares next time read the content and maybe the actual msg u may get smfh now pick apart tht

  • one poet

    These record labels don’t care for no one except the bottom line.Countless artists’ material has been shelved due to their greed and disillusion over what the artist want.I say to those in charge free the artist in order to realize maximum everything (yep profit included)

  • hiphopdoc

    Nas fell off? Perhaps you didnt listen to Distant Relatives (album of the year and future classic) and Last Real Nigga Alive 2! Fuck outta here! Yall must be listening to Wacka Flacka!

    • The Hollis Crew

      I agree, Dudes think Wacka Flacka is real. Do these fools listen to music or do they just skim through it? Fajjit Flame will be history in 12 months….

  • The Hollis Crew

    Labels and Label Execs are the reason music (hip hop) is to a level of garbage that it is today. No heart! Just a bunch of fearful slum lords trying their best to look and sound important. Def Jam, Universal, Interscope…they are a bunch of cowards that hide behind a ghost staff and a pen. Get’s some balls! Put out something different and be an original and stop being a monkey azz copycat! Damn! Nas…, just leave the label like the way America is leaving their houses…If you underwater, abandon ship dammitt!!!!!

    • DV8

      ^^^^this shit right here nigga, this shit right here!!!!!!!!

      them suits both in radio and at the labels are fucking up hiphop big time.

      • sb

        i see a revolution coming….a major shift with labels and radio

  • Def Jam SuXXX

    Nas sounds like he got new offers BN thrown his way. Godsun is smart. Nice way 2 get off Def Jam & go get $.

  • Saratoga N. Blake

    But L.A. Reid paid ANY money to Shyne, now THAT was a “great” move. (Maybe for XXL it was, since they got paid for all the Shyne “placement” over the last year.)

    Furthermore, since when is Def Jam about “quality control”? The dogshit “Wu Massacre” album, which was a total throwaway, shows us even their good artists can produce garbage.

    Is there any doubt “Lost Tapes II” would be at least very good, possibly classic?

  • yoprince

    love nas’s music. and his rants are legendary.

    who remembers:

    “jay just makin’ records about how much he hates women, which is… is, really makes me curious.”

    “big up to flex, stop taking so much cizock in his mizouth… i mean flex, look at flex, man, look at his face, man.”
    ^^classic

    “my man NORE, i love you NORE, step your rap game up man!”

    but seriously.. as epic as his rants can be, he’s typically wrong. you CAN’T stage a mock lynching at a radio concert which is what led to the aforementioned greatness.

    and why would def jam give up any more than 200K for a lost tapes album? there’s only so much promotion that needs to be done for an album with no songs that are going to reach radio.

    not to mention, the songs are purportedly already recorded, right? so the expenses (studio time, production costs) are dramatically lowered. honestly, that 200K or whatever they give him will be a gift and he should be happy for it, a stocking-stuffer.

    music BUSINESS. investments are intended to turn profit.

    still. keep the rants coming nas.

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

      “so the expenses (studio time, production costs) are dramatically lowered”

      “DJ’s sounds like they’re trying to give Nas a 360 deal with a little budget $ that ain’t enough to have sh^t cleared, mastered and packaged right and probably will only replicate 30-50K copies for sale.”

      ^ if I put in as much work as Nas did I wouldn’t “just do it” either.

      “there’s only so much promotion that needs to be done for an album with no songs that are going to reach radio.”

      ^ do you know this to be accurate…considering the fact that mixtape songs make the radio rotations?

      Can someone here drum up what Drake was given for ‘So Far Gone’ being released as a major project before we short ‘Lost Tapes 2′?

      • yoprince

        what up $yk.

        i’m not tryna be an asshole but c’mon man.

        you don’t think there’s gonna be a ‘best i ever had’ on LT2 do you?

        b/c if there is, he may as well put it on a REAL album.

        Drake’s SFG was an EP of material by a fresh-faced new artist. THREE of the songs had ALREADY proven themselves on nationwide radio b4 going the EP route. that’s called a no-brainer investment.

        Nas’s LT2 is going to be a compilation of material from a seasoned vet, most of which has already been heard by Nas fans, only now mastered for official release.

        if any of it reaches radio, it will be strictly in the tri-state area and/or satellite.

        it’s just not a solid investment beyond maybe a little more than 200K.

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

          “you don’t think there’s gonna be a ‘best i ever had’ on LT2 do you?”

          ^ I don’t, but what if there is?

          Perhaps SFG was a bad comparison, maybe I should have used Fab’s ‘Funeral’ as an example.

          But with 200K he can’t properly promote or execute this project, a sample clearance alone may cost 50-125K.

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  • TicNitty86

    Nas never fell off you ig’nant brainwashed lame jack azze’s fell off. Nas lyrically has gotten better or stayed consistant with time.

    And to the guy who’s worried about how Nas worded the letter….kill yo lame azz self.

    • S O U P B O N E

      I said it before and I say it again.

      DEF JAM has single handedly destroyed the state of HIP HOP.

      Jay Z was the beginning. This e-mail confirms my outside thoughts of this sad situation.

      Where’s the hope when you let a ex-drug dealing kniving back stabbing lyric biting MC head the label…. Where’s the hope? Jay Z is the reason… he gave these dupes the power to continue in his path of destroying what Russel and Rick started….

      DEF JAM was built on RAP and Rock not R&B yeah there should be growth but you can’t forget the essence.

      What’s up with the 4th quarter? DEF JAM ain’t got nobody to drop or are they dropping everybody worth anything by forcing MAJOR acts to try to put out projects with undergorund budgets…. $200,000 what is that worth? One beat?

      HIP HOP started on the East and is being assassinated from within. That West Coast Gangsta Shit and That slow dumb Down South flow can not be blamed.

  • John Cochran

    In my own humble opinion Nas is the Greatest MC of all time. He nevers sacrifices his creatvity to sell records. He continues to do what he wants. But in a way he lives in the stone age. You got new artist like Drake, soulja boy, and so on that got on almost solely form the internet. They have that independant drive that alot of the East coast rappers lack, which is why they always get fucked by labels. Let’s not bash Def Jam, cause they got the biggest artists right now(Kanye,Rick Ross,Jeezy,Luda,etc)and thier shit gets put out cause they are more in touch with the fans. If you care so much about the Lost Tapes 2, drop for free. Shit, you saw what Kanye just gave us with Good Fridays. When Nas is done with his deal, he should have the courage to go indy.

    • El Tico Loco

      Are you suggesting Nas should switch up for the fairweather fans and alienate his true fans? I think he could make more guest appearances, but why fix what’s not broke? Last time that happened we got “You owe me”, not exactly a good look. He’s made it clear he not kissing ass or sacrificing his integrity. The cat’s you mentioned that are “in touch with their fans” you know they’re not getting to unleash their full creativity or to do what really comes from their souls, which is at least what I look for when I hear music.

      • John Cochran

        Loco, Nas is my favorite MC, so by no means I’m I suggesting he switch up his style, but he puts in no effort to keep up with the current pace of the game. One album every 2-3 years with the same producers isnt gonna cut it no more. It wont hurt him to use some new producers, do some features, and maybe a mixtape or two, thats all I mean.

  • http://www.myspace.com/bryantoden Bryant K. Oden

    I posted this on Allhiphop earlier. This is how I feI remember Lyor Cohen saying a couple of years ago that WMG will only do “360 deals” with artist. Personally Lyor is cool. I know that he has a job to do and that is work for his investors at the top and he personally has to answer to Edgar Bronfman Jr. So with that…Lyor do your job.

    On the flip side I feel artists shouldn’t put themselves in a position like that. The music business is really about sweat equity. You get out the game what you put in. If all artist decide to go at it independent all the way in and just sweat it out. They’ll have a more fulfilled feeling. Regardless of how much money you make. Money does not make you happy. Doing what you love to do makes you happy. And I could hear in Lupe’s voice his pain…Lupe is not happy. Lupe is doing really great financially but he’s not happy. Why? Because he’s not being able to do want he really wants to do…And that is connect his music on his terms to the fans who truly love his music.

    We have got to overcome this slave mentality that major record labels are the answer to our problems. You see I work with record labels not for them. I’m my own boss. I can get on here and say f**k Lyor Cohen and not give a f**k. They have no real support for black music over there at all. I can say that and still be in the music industry. You know why because I put out music regardless. And it sells. But I’m not the artist. I’m not the star. I’m the supporter, I’m the fan. I do what I love and the universe pays me back for it. I connect with artist and producers, not record labels. People and music are my love.

    You know we as black people should stop going to majors for record deals and just put out music out online digitally. Why not. I’d rather sign myself than to sign to someone else…Wouldn’t you?

    And case your are questioning yourself how can you afford to release your music online. Digital distribution is cost effective because there is relatively no overheard. Think about this. Wayne just did 100 thousand plus all digital from his album “I’m Not A Human Being” Cutting out the Universal Music Group Distribution machine is genius. They charge Cash money for pressing, retail placement in store, breakage and defective CD’s. They deduct that from the sales. Before Cash money gets the check. Not to mention there cut from the overall profits.

    f**k that. Wayne was smart enough to say let’s put this out straight digital. All these white kids got Apple I -phones downloading this at work, school, at the mall, everywhere. Wayne is in jail making more money than any artist who is out free on the street droppiing physical albums.

    Anyone can put out a digital album. you don’t have to wait to get signed to do that. Now realistically you are not going sell like Wayne. But the idea is the same. The Concept is the same. And you can own your masters, put out the music you want, when you want. Declare your independence artists.

    Holla at me ya’ll I can put you on!!

    Bryant K. Oden
    A&R Consultant/Artist Manager

    http://www.myspace.com/bryantoden

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

      ^ this right here

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  • http://www.myspace.com/asyrbeats GIF DA VET

    Nas will never fall off he’s help build the game. He just should of never signed with
    Def Jam in the first place. He just needs to take Ill Will to EM1 or another distributor and control his own destiny and step up his digital sales man!
    When you have to send your label emails about them shelfing your record there’s a major problem. -GIF
    http://www.myspace.com/asyrbeats

  • Rockcity

    Y not go independent??? I mean i kno nothing about the industry and i dont care too but Nas being an established artist with a solid decent fanbase i mean y does he need a label??? he’s been n the game too long to still be on a leash and yes Nas u are still a slave. . . U should be the only one making money off your talent and name!!! build your own empire fuck these labels. . . We need to stop being owned and become owners take our culture back b4 its too late. . .

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  • Q461

    I’ll be checkin for that lost tapes 2 whether Def Jam drops it or not….Def Jam has fallen off hard anyways…Interscope is going to go back to being the true powerhouse over Def Jam…word is they will be putting out the Dipset reunion and Rick Ross is headed over there. Also Slaughterhouse should be signin with Shady soon, and of course they still got Em. Peace to Nas.

  • Eastern_Digital

    Nas lost. How you’re writing an Email to your bosses on a serious matter of your career and typing certain sections IN ALL CAPS like you’re a middle school girl?

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  • http://MYSPACE.COM HELTAH SIN SAY

    FUCK ALL YOU FOOLS SAY NAS FELL OFF!!! NAS BETTER THEN ANYBODY OUT NOW!! LEGEND!
    NAS FELL OFF? TAKE YOUR THUMB OUT YOUR ASS!! YOU FUCKEN LAME ASS KID! THE WHOLE INDUSTRY SOLD OUT EXCEPT THE GOD SON! FUCK DEF JAM, THEY WANT NAS TO PUSH OUT SOME STUPID ASS GUCCI MAIN BULL SHIT! AND THAT SONG WITH HIM AND JEZZY IS TRASH ON JIZZYS PART, NAS DONT NEED TO BE ON DEF JAM PERIOD!

  • Anonymous

    Nas cant rap
    Never could
    Anyone who think he can is gay in their heart
    Pussy niggas yall fraud

  • HE-HATE-ME

    ^^^^^^^
    we pussy?yet u anonymous sucka.you probley not smart enough 2 understand Nas patna.go listen 2 waka n gucci.

  • Aotearoa loves Nas

    it was written…

  • Jhon da Analyst

    LA Reid is a bitch. Know the history. He helped start LaFace Records. What did they put out besides bullshit R & B. He has no business running a true hip hop label. Period. Fuck him. Nas is right. Now he needs to cut the strings and go strictly independent. A la Ras Kass’ A.D.I.D.A.S. project. Peace!!

  • http://xxlmag jayruckNYC

    It was never Jay fault. Jay had a executive position and influence but he never ran Def Jam. Remember they tried to get Jermaine Dupri for the position first. Jay more so just worked with the artist and oversaw projects. LA Reid was above Jay and had the final word and has ran Def Jam since Lyor and Kevin Liles left. I always knew it was a bad move. This dude knows NOTHING about hip hop. He’s a r&b dude. He signed groups like TLC, Toni Braxton, Usher etc. Where’s the Hip Hop? LOL. He definitely knows nothing about NY hip hop which is why NY/east coast artist has gotten shitted on since Lyor and company left. On another note Nas shouldn’t be bitching about a greatest/compilation album that’s probably not gonna sell anyway. Most of his fans have already heard these songs. So the label not gonna push it. Now if they act funny when he wants drops a new album with brand new material on it he has every right to be mad.

  • Anonymous

    If Nas was being strategic with this move…than it was a DUMB ONE.

    Smarten up, Nas.

  • http://thetonygrands.wordpress.com TheeTonyGrands

    Grand$! (fuck beergangsta)

  • OhMyBallz

    Nas dropped his pants and whipped his d!ck out, I’m sure none of those execs were impressed. As an artist he is legendary as a business man… not so much. If you’re gonna vent, vent, then say f#$k you and bounce. To air them out then say, come on let’s make money is career suicide. Next letter you’ll see from him is an apology, cuz he doesn’t have any cards left.

  • lostygyrl

    Kudos to Bryant K. Oden!!!!!!!!! THE INTERNET IS WHERE TO BE FOR ‘INFORMATION’ AND ‘INSPIRATION’ BUT I COULD NEVER BE MAD OR DISAPPOINTED IN NAS FOR THIS LETTER. HE SPOKE FROM THE HEART AND I FEEL HIM!!!! RECORD EXECUTIVES WERE BEST DESCRIBED BY ICE-T WHEN HE CALLED THEM PIMPS AND THE ARTIST THE HOES!!

  • Mundy

    f the haters

    big up NAS

  • Mundy

    ps he ends on a positive note

    “Let’s get money!

    -N.Jones”

    nas clearly wants to work together but a little more to his terms

    labels can really mess with careers when they shelf material ‘

    get the tunes out and move on

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    IT WAS WRITTEN was the first rap album I ever owned. I have a lot of respect for what Nas says. His label should be backing him on whatever. Anyway, artists without labels can promote their stuff just as easily. I don’t see what the big deal is.

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  • chris.d.brown81@gmail.com

    The problem with this letter is that 100,000 fans is pretty much all Nas got. He bitching about a label putting mone behind him, but they wont when in the end. He can’t reach the masses, he can’t produce shit that will fit in with the current state of hip hop. You look at the rest of his Def Jam labelmates they are popping right now and they label is pushing those artists because those artist brings money back in to the label. Nas has become a 3 year artist now, he’s the bench player that comes in the game when their team is either far up or way down. Moral of my comment is, know your role and shut the hell up.