Nas Pens Letter To Def Jam Execs ?

Nas allegedly wrote this email to the bigwigs at Def Jam demanding the release of Lost Tapes Vol. 2 this winter. Supposedly, they offered him $200,000 to fund the project. Until we receive confirmation, believe half of what you read after the jump.

{mp3}jadakiss letter to big instrumental{/mp3}

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

nr via leftsetz

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  • DARKAQUA

    WHATEVER…GET LA REID OUT OF DEF JAM

    HE’S A R&B NINJA…HIP HOP DOESN’T FLOW THRU HIS VEINS

  • http://youtube.com/eniyi04 Niyemortal

    Well gotdamn.

  • So Icy Boi!

    Nas you should of thought about before you SOLD ya SOUL …no way out….they own you.

  • B.Dot

    WHATEVER…GET LA REID OUT OF DEF JAM

    HE’S A R&B NINJA…HIP HOP DOESN’T FLOW THRU HIS VEINS
    ^
    u talking bout the same LA Reid that signed Outkast to their first deal? *holds up c’mon son sign*

  • http://www.forum.trshady.com YOUMAD!!!

    NAS MAD!

  • Sir Douglas

    I agree with @darkaqua L.a. Reid got lucky with outkast other than that he don’t know shit about hip hop. If you need an example just look at the deal he gave shyne. Who in the right hip hop frame of mind would do that deal? Nobodys checking for Shyne but Nas on the other hand has a solid fan base that ride with him to the death. Put the album out

  • http://twitter.com/justinoryan justin oryan

    @b.dot sooo he signed outkast….. that was then…..this is now…. what has he done recently that deserves any credit… what do I know???? Maybe they don’t believe the project would do numbers…. we in the pop rap era now where ppl like it or not

  • http://rapradar Pauper

    Nas is dealing with “lupe’s paradox”, a hot album that everyone wants to hear but the fascist/slaveowner labels are bent on dumbing down the youth and fucking over the artists at the same time. KILLUMINATI

  • WilliamJacob

    Hopefully Nas will be able/want to release it on his own for his fans. Labels stay losing

  • Guru

    u talking bout the same LA Reid that signed Outkast to their first deal? *holds up c’mon son sign*
    ^
    You mean Kawan Prather, LA only did what a room full of people told him makes sense #gethimouttathere

  • Able danger

    PREACH!
    Altho I’m having a hard time believing Nas typed “Beefing with record labels is SO 15 years ago” sounds like some valley girl shit. Either way…

    We want Lost Tapes Vol. 2!

  • http://www.twitter.com/MykeWayne Myke_Wayne

    Respect That.

  • http://www.twitter.com/MykeWayne Myke_Wayne

    u talking bout the same LA Reid that signed Outkast to their first deal? *holds up c’mon son sign*
    ^
    You mean Kawan Prather, LA only did what a room full of people told him makes sense #gethimouttathere
    ———————–
    Yep!

  • http://threefoureighty.clipz-status.com/ Reasy F.

    I remember Nas saying that when he was looking for a deal that Russell Simmons told him that he wasn’t what the label was looking for. Then in an effort to squash that beef with Jay-Z, he hands in the CEO card and signs with the label. Now he’s writing letters.. Welp.

  • QUEENZ

    before I say anything, let me just say that who ever had the idea of attaching the instrumental to Kiss’ letter to BIG is a fucking genius (at least just for today).

    I’m just looking at the names this email is supposedly addressed to and I’m shaking my head cuz none of them are Hip Hop. Its fucked up that these are the fuckos that get to make decisions up there. This is definitely not the Def Jam of the past. They rather dump money into Rick Ross even after discovering his C.O. past to spite 50 and they succeeded in erasing the public’s memory of that. I just don’t understand how anyone in their right mind could look Nas in the eyes and tell him anything about his art. That shit is mind blowing to me. If this letter is legit and really came from Nas, I’m officially jumping on the “Fire LA Reid” bandwagon. I felt a little bad for him when those rumors came out a few weeks ago cuz he gave Shyne all that money but to try to block what Nas is trying to do is just crazy. The suits in that building need to get it the fuck together and let the God do what he does best. I see exactly why Jay Electronica hasnt signed to a major label yet, could you imagine the kind of shit they would want him to put out there? This is a fucking shame.

  • Jayhov

    Reid is obviosly more into R&B. That’s why they didn’t want to let Jay-Z leave.
    But Def Jam’s money is sort of tied up. Neyo, Rihanna, ect have 4th quarter albums.
    And Nas is one of the best rappers to ever do it but he isn’t a commercial guarantee. .

  • http://threefoureighty.clipz-status.com/ Reasy F.

    @rAND

    T.I. has been on Atlantic since his 2nd album because he Reid did him dirty when he was signed to LaFace/Arista.

    And have you all noticed the lack of talent that Def Jam has been signing/releasing as of late? It’s mostly one hit/no hit wonders and R&B acts.

  • Let My Nigga Live

    Not dropping a 4th quarter Nas album is crazy his 4th quarter albums all do big numbers. Def Jam is a bunch of fuck ups they shoulda never gave them niggas loose leaf.

  • westcoast

    DEF JAM SUCKS
    NAS SHOULD CHANGE IT
    NAS SALES—>000

  • Nathaniel

    @B.Dot

    …Guru caught that ass slippin. kawan prather indeed… and besides, wasn’t that like 1992-’93? yep.

    “you’re only funky as your last cut
    you focus on the past, ya ass will be a has-what”

    this definitely applies to L.A. ….but fuck all that other shit. Nas is teaching in the letter. i hope all you aspiring artists, etc niggas are paying CLOSE attention. to lupe’s situation too. study study study!

  • Nathaniel

    @QUEENZ

    agree 100% (of course they didn’t care about ross being a C.O. though… that’s poppy cock to a label exec. only thing they tryna preserve is their pockets.)

  • broadwaybully

    nas has gotta be the most retarded fuckers on planet earth…. everytime he is supposed to have something nice coming to the table he runs and shoots himself in the ass.

    THERE IS NO WAY TO BUCK THE SYSTEM……. stop fucking trying NASIR JONES…….

    you know what response this letter gets from label exec’s….. yeah right FUCK YOU…. we’ll shelve your ass…….

    the only hope that nas has to even continue his career if he keeps doing this shit is if jay-z, kanye, or somebody of higher power comes down & rescue his ass……

    it’s like after millions of dollars one thing nas never learned was the music business. he’s always been fighting it his whole career, and his shit been on a constant decline. nas career could have been so much more glorious than it is…. he should have been overtop of biggie & jay-z & pac status.

    instead he wants to cry at every twist & turn and have people like, fuck nas, he’s always a problem.

    KIDS DO NOT RELATE TO NAS……… don’t give a fuck if he’s a hiphop pioneer or not, young people who are in the mix of music do not even know what illmatic is.

    shit kinda piss me off, cuz I like nas and always have, but it’s like he always fuck up the music situation and leave his albums flat. he’s not doing the fans any justice by doing that, the music ends up suffering…. he has this I can do it all myself attitude and that’s never the case & never works in music

  • Android

    This is bullshit! 200k for lost tapes? Millions for fuckng SHYNE?! Fuck l.a reid and fat shit son. Fuck a budget eating Rihanna(wish Breezy woulda mamed ur ass) , fuck Defjam staff too.

    L.A REID and co. ,I hope u old coons die from strokes.
    HIPHOP IS DEAD!

  • MP

    NaS is right, 100%. Fuck the man!!

  • http://myspace.com/730amazin amazinace

    UMMM…IM READING ALL THE COMMENTS AND IM FUCKED UP. SOME OF YALL HAVE POINTS AND I AGREE WITH BOTH SIDES. WE AS BLOGGERS DONT UNDERSTAND THE INDUSTRY SO WHAT WE SAY DONT REALLY MATTER.

    I WANNA SEE LOST TAPES, BUT WHY THE FUCK THEY LOST IF THE SONGS ARE SO HOT? I KNOW SOME SONG DONT FIT ALBUMS FORMAT SOMETIMES BUT DAMN NAS, IM A HUGE FAN BUT YOU DROP THE BALL SOMETIMES THEN BLAME THE LABEL AND SAY THEY TREATING YOU LIKE A SLAVE, KNOCK IT OFF IT’S GETTING OLD.

    NAS BEEN IN THE GAME FOR YEARS, HE SHOULD HAVE BETTER CONTROL OF WHAT HE WANTS TO RELEASE TO THE FANS THAT BELIVE IN HIM

  • Truth

    More bitching smh. The music industry is about selling records. You want to give away free music and be like these kids for wat. Your NAS. Make some hits and go platinum if your the best rapper alive and got such a following. LA Reid is a legend and is responsible for great artist and millions of millions of records sold. Stop bitching. Make some hits and Stfu. Distant Relatives was all cute but boring. Dont blame the big bad record labels cus you cant sell records. Your only as important as the money you can make for someone else. Its about business. If Michael Jackson couldnt sell anymore they’d do the same to him. Make hits and Stfu.

  • luv4music

    Last Tapes 2 Dec 14, 2010!

  • DARKAQUA

    B.Dot says:
    Thursday, October 07 2010 at 10:07 AM EST
    WHATEVER…GET LA REID OUT OF DEF JAM

    HE’S A R&B NINJA…HIP HOP DOESN’T FLOW THRU HIS VEINS
    ^
    u talking bout the same LA Reid that signed Outkast to their first deal? *holds up c’mon son sign*

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    LA REID WASN’T ALL ABOUT OUTKAST IN THE BEGINNING….HE LUCK UP ON THAT B. DOT. LA DIDN’T SIGN “ALOT” ON RAP ACTS IN THE 90′S THAT EVENTUALLY BECAME HOT AND MADE MILLIONS….

    AND A SIGN THAT HE REALLY ISN’T ABOUT HIP HOP….YOU ONLY COULD NAME “ONE” RAP ACT.

  • B.Dot

    DISCLAIMER: This may or may not be nas people. it could be fact. dont jump to conclusions now

  • drake?WOW

    get drake off pimp c’s album!

  • luv4music

    @Truth
    Nas has went platinum 8 times with out radio hits…please stop with the bullshit!. They did do the same to Michael Jackson the record labels jerked him around for years and he sold miilions on top of millions! Prince, Janet, Mariah and the list goes on. There are artists with # 1 hits on the radio and billboard and has yet to go gold B.O.B for example. Gucci and Waka are all over the radio and their albums don’t sell much…so what is your point. Nas last solo album ‘Untitled’ went gold plus and counting with absolutely no radio play. Distant Relatives is still currently on the Billboard top 200 and their tours are sold out across the globe.

  • Android

    @broadstreetbully! And idiot^, STFU!
    Nas has classics! U camel riders. Get off the smartenup bandwagon. Nas’s albums are gr8. He now needs one more to shut u fools up.

    Youth dont relate to Nas coz of b.s shoved down our throats by old coons like l.a reid for the last decade! Nas is a legend!

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  • Bmjac

    Team Nas!

  • Damn Homie

    “Fuck Def Jam as a staff, record label and a mutha fuckin crew.. and if you down with Def Jam.. fuck you too. ”

    Let Nas do his thing… the first Lost Tapes was up there with his best albums.. and a nigga needs this right now.. the game starting to forget him again like right before Ether.

    He’s right though… you got Executives that think there the stars.. they a bunch of grudge holding niggas..

    and that Reid nigga can’t live off of one decision his whole life.. you gotta look at the whole.. and RECENT mistakes.. nigga outta touch.. burning money on shyne all day.. this nigga living off of signin OutKast like Mister C still living off of old B.I.G. recordings. lol

  • Haters are annoying

    @Android if hip hop is dead you finally get your ignorant ass off the site for good !

    i hope it works out for nas, one of the best rappers alive

  • Haters are annoying

    2Truth co-sign

    truth always speaks the truth

  • uptown_nwdc

    “u trying to kick knowledge….huh fuck knowledge”…..lol

  • Black Shady

    wow!!! I totally agree with Nas. 100%

    but thats fucked up cuz YOU signed the deal son. why the fuck u went to Def Jam?? damn..

  • dsunn

    GZA-read the labels godson. Rick ross is a former police. T.i is a repeat offender headed for jail unless he turns informant. Jayz left before it got worse. Nas owes kelis hella cake monthly.its a good letter for us to read but for label execs? I think he’ll lose on account of being both kind and resentful.call a spade a spade. Smarten up nas. Nas can have his own label by now.planet asia does and he doesn’t have a quarter of the fanbase.i think its sad to see one of the greatest get jerked but damn…hovas verse in h to the izzo (overchargin niggas for what they did to the cold crush)and qtip industry rule#1080. Put the blunts down for a sec and get ur business right nas

  • Malc Murda

    @ BroadwayBully

    Yes Kids do not relate to Nas but what about the millions of adults 25-40 who does?? When will the lable understand that its a genre of HipHop heads out here who are starving for there artist to put out new music. One poster said we are living in a Hip-PoP era, and thats all fine and well with these kids liking what they want, but what happens to us born 1975-1987 who was born and raised in hiphop and now getting older with our favorite artist? Do we like Souljah boy? do we Dougie? or embrace the skinny Jeans movement? HELL NO! , We need our artist to continue to have a lane and Def Jam is one of the speed bumps from allowing this to take place…

    Lets be innovative and creative, not just replicating what everyone else is doing… Yes new blood is needed into hiphop but age shouldnt fade out good music.

  • SayAhh

    oooh Nas should definietly file that letter to the same place Lupe sent it to… and thats the NOBODY CARES BUILDING!

    once you sell your soul you cant get it back! ask Kanye, Ask Wayne, Ask Em its nice at the start but in the long run it SUCKS

  • Chris

    Imma wait until we have a confirmation from Nas.

    Also, this is just a further situation about Def Jam’s situation.

  • Shawn

    For all you “Nah with NAS it’s all about the music”… FOH.. LMAO
    He’s a money hungry whore like everyone else. Only difference most ain’t afraid to own it.
    You couldve signed indie.. You didn’t. These fuckjng label can only offer you radio, which you don’t need. You could be putting out projects with free and clear artistic expression.. But that means you would have to depend on people buying your music to eat off the backend.. No you took the “$50K in the briefcase instead of the $1Mil check”
    And $200K is more than enough to record a bunch records. Producer would work with NAS on spec. So GTFOH with this childish rant, quit throwing around slavery like it’s anything your weak ass could have gone through..
    Your star has landed and know you just Old Dude My Pops talk about. Make music

  • DJ Game

    This is why I Fuck with bad.

  • DJ Game

    Nas*

  • http://www.forum.trshady.com YOUMAD!!!

    u guys mad

  • http://nightcreeper.com WILLPOWER

    perfect photo for the article.

  • Mega

    Nas did an awful job of articulating whatever the fuck he was trying to say….It was actually hard to read this bullshit….I always thought he was intelligent, but this letter makes me think otherwise. Learn how to write nigga and quit crying. You sound like a bitch right now.

  • B.Dot

    perfect photo for the article.
    ^
    it’s all about the details, lol

  • Able danger

    One poster said we are living in a Hip-PoP era, and thats all fine and well with these kids liking what they want, but what happens to us born 1975-1987 who was born and raised in hiphop and now getting older with our favorite artist? Do we like Souljah boy? do we Dougie? or embrace the skinny Jeans movement? HELL NO!

    Co-sign brotha, I’m proud of my generation. The generation you describe is going to look back and only have dance tracks.

  • HOOD

    FUCK DEF JAM AND ALL THOSE BUTT BUDDIES WHO TAKE IT UP THE ASS…. BUNCH OF GAY ASS NIGGAS RUNNIN THE INDUSTRY

  • Dum fucs

    AYOOO FUCK DEF JAM !!!! FUCK THE ENTIRE RECORDING INDUSTRY!!! ALOT OF YOU YOUNG FUCS CAN’T RELATE TO NAS MUSIC BCUZ YALL ALL WASHED UP LIKE THE REST OF THE HERD AND THE MASSES!! DUM FUCS !! DO YA EVEN UNDERSTAND WHAT THE MESSAGES THESE ONE HIT WONDERS ARE DOING TO THE YOUTH?? IF YOU GUYS UNDERSTOOD HOW ENERGY AND MASS MANIPULATION WORKS IT WOULD BE MORE OBVIOUS! LISTENING TO ALL THIS NEGATIVE SHYT LOWERS YOUR CHAKRAS OR WHAT YOU WOULD CALL ENERGY CENTERS AND FUCS WITH YOUR AURIC FIELD WHICH IS AROUND YOUR PHYSICAL BODY..(NON PHYSICAL ENERGY)!!! THIS IS ALL ABOUT BALANCE MAN!! WAKE UP DUM FUCS!!! DO YOUR RESEARCH IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR THE TRUTH!!!

    L.A FRIED IS CONTROLLED BY HIGHER FORCES!! HES JUST A SELL OUT LIKE THE REST OF THE INDUSTRY INCLUDING MOST ARTISTS…SO YEAH GET OFF THE SMARTEN UP BANDWAGON!!

  • ATLien

    Nas is still top 3 alive along with Andre 3000 and Black Thought and he is already down as top 3 of all time.

  • budgefkuhgewf

    Aligned with the stars?

    Seriously, Nas? Have you developed a God complex? A lot of celebrities develop a God complex.

    It means that you think you are a messenger of God. I’ve seen interviews where many of the most successful rappers, actors, musicians express their God complex.

    Nas is clueless on how he became successful. He is successful because he is a great rapper who has talented people producing beats for him. He is not successful because of any connection to “the stars”, “karma”, “God”, “destiny” or anything similar.

  • Chex

    I’m not one to check for mainstream or commercial acts, I only look out for Nas and a couple of other real dudes…so when news like this drops, its very disheartening. I grew up on real Hip Hop (born 1986) so all these new acts don’t really appeal to me. It’s crazy how Def Jam could spend $1,000,000 on Shyne’s wack ass (who wasn’t even relevant before he went to jail) and give Nas pennies for his album, an album that is highly anticipated and could sell off the strength of the title alone. REAL heads need this album! Please stop putting money into these wack ass “rappers” and R&B crooners disguised as hip hop artists! It’s sickening!

  • Petey B

    Its been confirmed on other sites that this letter/email was real.
    All I can say is that Nas really went in on Def Jams execs. Not sure if anything will come out of this, but he’s spoken for what other artists are probably too scared to say.

  • http://www.tagged.com/pienman pienman

    i agree with the man… the truth so let it be done! put out the lost tapes VOL.2

  • daws

    how is 200k not enough to make 3 great songs and a bunch of trash like he does on every other album? if i had 200k liquid i’d be in d.r. with a moped and 12 honies

  • http://www.exquises.com Debbie

    the last tape 2 isn’t an album is just a small greatest hits or unrealeased tracks
    so i think Nas should be happy to get $200,000 for this (and kelis too)

    Nas, of course you are not a slave but you definitely not a business man !

  • luv4music

    @daws…obviously you are not Nas or as good as Nas

  • really stop the BS

    @Debbie
    You are hardly a business woman or in the position to tell Nas a damn thing!!

  • MATIC

    why isn’t Nas on ROC NATION…?

  • Slim

    Nas can’t sell records these days and that’s the bottom line. Maybe that’s hard for some of you dick riders to accept, but it’s the truth

  • Nathaniel

    lol… y’all kill me with that “stfu and make hits!” shit.

    as if good music has a formula. on some, “well… i guess i’ll go ahead and make a hit record now” shit. no one knows what the people will like until you give it some thorough exposure. and newsflash:

    whatever gets the most exposure is the shit that the masses take to. we are sheep. trend followers. the “powers that be” set the trends, we follow them to stay cool.

    didn’t lupe tell y’all this shit some yrs back. how soon we forget. cornel west told u too. but i guess that’s irrelevant to most. shrug*

  • http://www.grownfolk.us Grown Folk

    I would not mind getting another Lost Tapes from Nas; still listen to the first one.

  • Joshua T.

    Now I wonder if it’s Jeezy’s fault that TM103 isn’t out yet or Def Jam’s.

  • Klomani

    This is just business vs creativity… the executives are just looking for money, while the artist is looking to bring it to the people… its too bad there arent enough creative minded execs who actually want to work as a team! A lot of talent goes to waste because the big wigs are always looking for an easy way to make cash!

  • MATIC

    THIS IS A GREAT PHOTO OF SOME FLY SH!T IS HE OUTSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE WITH A LIST OF DEMANDS…?

    OH.

    OK, WELL ITS STILL TITE BCUZ ITS NAS..!!!

  • Gaws

    Best rapper to ever do it !

  • liljujusolidfoe5star

    i dont feel bad for nas he knew once u sell ya soul to the devil u a puppet

  • mac DIESEL

    THIS IS WUT HAPPENS WHEN U GOT BUSINESS EXECS OPPOSED TO MUSIC EXECS RUNNIN’ A RECORD LABEL!!!! THESE EXECS DON’T KNOW SHIT ABOUT MUSIC!!!! AT THE END OF THE DAY ALL THEY CARE ABOUT IS THE BOTTOM LINE!!!! THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND OR CARE TO UNDERSTAND AN ARTIST!!!! THEY SEE ARTISTS AS PRODUCT!!!! SO ALL THAT SHIT NAS SAYIN’ IS FALLIN’ ON DEAF EARS!!!!

    ….AND FUCK LA REID FOR BLOWIN’ BUDGETS ON SHYNE AND RICK ROSS!!!! GIVE NAS A FUCKIN’ BUDGET!!!! U FUCKIN’ ASSHOLE!!!!

    DON’T HATE ON MY OPINION!!!!

  • Belize

    LA Reid, like most people who been around awhile, goin to the pits tryin to be relevant today.
    Sad.

  • CLARK

    As much as I love Nas, there’s no money in the lost tapes 2… he needs to stop crying.

    And the slave comments are just disgusting, Nas you are no where close to experiencing slavery and are spitting in the face of every Black man who actually had to live through that shit. FUCK YOU CRYBABY!

  • CLARK

    Speak for yourself Nathaniel, we arn’t all sheep.

  • B.Dot

    THIS IS A GREAT PHOTO OF SOME FLY SH!T IS HE OUTSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE WITH A LIST OF DEMANDS…?

    ^
    nah, it’s from when he was outside Fox news in 08

  • http://thomasthoughts.com thomas

    I just want to say my 16 year old cousin quotes “Ready to Die” regularly in her facebook status updates. And her younger sister knows Illmatic. And not because of me. Saying “kids don’t relate to Nas” is ridiculous… I’ve played Nas songs for older guys who’ve said they never liked hip-hop and when they listened to what he was actually saying they really respected it. Talking about music for a specific age group is nonsense… Look at Sade, or any other established artist outside of Hip-Hop, shit.. Bob Dylan is 70+ years old making records.

    I work in the film business.. there’s a great story to this but basically the one rule is

    SEE THE BIG PICTURE

    I feel like everyone is stuck watching commercials

    Nas is gonna come through regardless, I’m not worried!

  • God’s Son

    1990′s – 2006 Nas = God MC

    2006 – Current Nas = Has Been

    Don’t Hate, Nas sucks now

  • webstar

    It could have articulated his thoughts better but you know what? He did it HIS way and I’m glad he stood up and said what he had to say

  • does anyone notice?

    Def Jam was never originally a hip hop label though…. it just ended up being portrayed that way… it was for rock music. so why are people surprised?

  • God’s Son

    y niggas always go back to the slave shit befuddles me. just like them holocaust niggas, always complaining about the past. muthafuckers this is a different generation, nobody cares about your cotton picking brothers and sisters, nobody cares about anne frank and her stupid jewish diary and how her mother and father lived in a tent for a month, get over it bitches.

    shut the fuck up

    and nas, u great but u look desperate. y arent u on roc nation with hova? u dont sell anymore. is that why? did kelis get all ur money? the lost tapes 2 is old shit, if u want people to buy old shit, they’ll but illmatic or i am or it was written. make new shit, 2010 shit. snoop has evolved, so has jay, eminem as well. people change. u havent. u still on that knowledge shit. that tec on the dresser shit. that africa, we need money to support our hiv people shit. just make new shit. nigga…

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  • Shzntt

    That’s what’s up NaS you been in the rap game almost 20 years, Def Jam should release your albums without thinking twice, your a legend, an icon and to the nay sayers, it’s stop being about money with NaS along time ago, he’s rich!

  • Shawn

    @Shzntt… If it’s not about the money.. 1) why does he complain about “only” $200K? (More than enough to record a good amount of new music)
    2) why does he say “Let’s get money!” and not “let’s get my music to people!”

    No disrespect, but don’t be naive.

    @Does anyone notice…. Trying to suggest a business created 25+ yrs ago still has lingering issues with it’s original plan doesn’t make sense.. And I thought T La Rock It’s Yours was the first release.

  • http://soundverite.blogspot.com/ Sound Verite’

    Nas is like……..wtf yo!

  • q

    D

  • jacob

    Why is Nas Still in the position of having to beg for money to make an album? Thats the question HE should be asking himself…

  • currant degrasi

    you all know LA reid already got fired from IDJ right?

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  • http://hiphopisdead ghost

    i feel u son,if the world drop today remember ur name godson they cant stop u just hard in the paint i been on ur label seen day one im street nigga from new orlean me aka ghost,gangster tee,pimp,dee,boobie,white eye,jr,we all u got….just remember me as the nigga that rate hip hop they need u son. up north down south f#$k with they doing u been doing this for so long get money nigga and after the day over they going to be on ur d$@k remeber with pac said again all eye u know it time to get back to who is they dont 10 year in jail

  • http://hiphopisdead ghost

    get at me new orleans niggas ghost,tee,pimp,boobie,white eye,dee,jr,

  • BlackIzPure

    Nas iz da last real nucca alyve. Fuk Def Jam! leave they azz Nas. Fuk they contract cuz a contract iz only gud if they kno ur worth. Ne1 who thynkz Nas’z skill n representation iz worth 200,000 dollaz needz 2 b smakd n if i had a gun id shoot evry1 n da way of nas’s aspirationz. I hate Def Jam 4eva now! I feel a fury nsyde me lyke Nas duz cuz i need dat Lost Tapez 2 more than Nas duz. Dis shyt iz deep ryte here. Fuk u Jay Z! Fuk u Russell Simmonz! Fuk ur whole tryn 2 b wyte lyke da wyte man persona. Yal aint no real hip hop loverz. Da whole Def Jam iz fraud! Nas my Nigga….leave dem fuk azz Def Jam clownz n put dat shyt out urself. U dont need no1 telln u wad 2 do wit ur golden voice 4 real. Ne1 who workz wit Def Jam comez 2 my city ima smak n knok da musiq dust off they recoalition. Id strip em all of da work dey did n da past cuz if they cant respekt da realist poet n da game then whomeva came 1st n afta n da work dey put it duznt mean shyt. Def jam sumd up their whole dynasty n 1 fukd deal. Die Def Jam 4eva! Nas, thank u! u made me c wad hip hop iz truly bout. u made me nelieve n who i wuz n i creatd my identity frum ur nspiration. Ur da truth n real niggaz kno dis. We kno da world iz stupid n datz y hip hop iz dead. We pray dat u will save it 1 day but break dem chainz my nigga walk by Def jamz casket n spit n they face!

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