Def Jam Denies Nas' LP Title, Don Imus is For It

posted October 17, 2007 05:34:25 PM CDT | 59 comments

Earlier this week HipHopDX brought you news of Nas announcing his new album title, Nigga, during a performance in NYC and that it would be released December 4th of this year.

According to foxnews.com, representatives for Island Def Jam not only denied the LP title but they went on to say that there isnt even a release date for Nas in the fourth quarter, outside of Nas Greatest Hits (which will hit stores early November).

There is no album release by Nas on the release schedule at this point and they would be unlikely to release an album with that title. How would that look at Wal-Mart? a rep close to Island Def Jams Chariman, Antonio L.A. Reid, stated.

With the controversial album title floating around, Rev. Jesse Jackson condemned Nas desired title.

The title using the N word is morally offensive and socially distasteful Nas has the right to degrade and denigrate in the name of free speech, but there is no honor in it, Jackson said in a statement.

Radio and television stations have no obligation to play it and self-respecting people have no obligation to buy it. I wish he would use his talents to lift up and inspire, not degrade, making mockery of racism."

Alongside Jacksons thoughts, the NAACP weigh in on the LP title.

We will not support and we will not continually be assailed by other individuals who want to use that type of term in our presence This has gone on long enough," said national NAACP spokesman Richard McIntire.

"The NAACP believes in free speech. We are not a censorship organization. But we think [the N-word] is pejorative, no matter who uses it even if it's to sell records. It shows a real lack of creative imagination, Vic Bulluck, executive director of NAACPs Hollywood bureau, added.

Despite upraise and negative thoughts towards the claimed album title, Nas seems to have none other than Don Imus in his corner.

Its a good thing Words like that should be deprived of their meanings and then they cant hurt, Martin Garbus, Don Imus lawyer, wrote in an email to foxnews.

HipHopDX will be sure to keep you updated as more information is revealed.

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