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DrJays.com Debate: Nas and the N word

Submitted by on May 20, 2008 – 8:42 am6 Comments


Nas has decided not to call his anticipated upcoming album N***er and will leave it untitled.

“It’s important to me that this album gets to the fans,” Nas told AllHipHop.com 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 this for a long time.

“The people will always know what the real title of this album is and what to call it.”

What do you think really happened? Speak on it.

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  • A.D.B. says:

    probably the music industry threatened to ban his CD so he wouldn’t ge tany sales.

  • Chris J the Genius says:

    Anyone who has been watching the industry’s reaction on this knows that Universal, the parent company that owns Def Jam, was threatened with legal action because of the title of the album. Also, several record stores (mom-and-pop as well as big-name retailers) said that they would not carry the album due to the title. It’s truly a disappointment because it just goes to show what political correctness has done to our society. Freedom of speech? I think not. Furthermore, anyone who has listened to a Nas album knows that he would not do anything to degrade his people and has always spoken out against the ignorance and backwards mentality that plagues the African-American community. The people who made these decisions and threats not to carry this album have no knowledge of who Nas is. Plus, Dick Gregory named his autobiography “Ni99er.” Richard Pryor named one of his comedy albums “SuperNi99er.” The word has been used in many older black sitcoms such as Sanford and Son and The Jeffersons. In his autobiographical novel, Black Boy, Richard Wright speaks of using the word in a very similar way to those African-Americans who use it to refer to each other to this very day. Despite this, the older generation of African-Americans tries to act as if they have never used the word and that our generation is to blame for its use. It is the standouts of their generation, such as Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx who influenced our culture! As far as mainstream America, we live in a country that loves black culture but has little or no respect for black people. Every other aspect of our culture has been exploited by mainstream America to some extent for profits. With this word, it’s different. Because it causes offense to us, and therefore cannot be exploited by someone outside of the community that uses it, mainstream America wants absolutely nothing to do with it. If we continue to hide issues like this word and the racist history of America from which it originates, it will prove extremely difficult for us to overcome them. Nas is to be commended for bringing this to the forefront and challenging the status quo. I apologize for being long-winded, ladies and gentlemen. I simply felt the need to speak on it.

  • I think its a good move by Nas, just to avoid a lot of BS that will come a long with it…

    The N Bomb is indeed a nasty word…However i see the black community say shit about white kids which you could call racists…It sort of goes both ways IMO….However, the N Bomb is taken more seriously then anything you can say about a white person…Call them a cracker, snowflake, white out, casper, whatever ya got and it will never be taken as seriously as the N Bomb….Why is that? Have you ever asked yourself that?…The only time i can remember a black person getting some drama thrown their way due to a remark they made is Lauren Hill when she said something like she would rather have her kids starve then for a white person to buy/listen to her music…But that end quick…Not like she lost her contract or anything…not like stores dropped from selling her cds….then look at the issue where that radio host said something about a black lady being a nappy headed hoe or something like that, he was fired and only got his job back if he agreed to have a black co-host….

  • b weez says:

    Of course the word cracker isn’t taken as seriously as n****. Cracker is actually a word of empowerment. People say it as a insult and really don’t know what it means. The cracker was the man who rode by on his horse and “cracked” the slaves on the back with his whip. People say alot of things to mean one thing and really don’t know their origin and then alot of people take offense to things and really don’t know why. We all just have to educate ourselves on certain issues then really have a sensible discussion about ‘em.

  • Rick Lexington says:

    Dude yall kill me. I kinda agree with the company. And yeah there is a such thing as freedom of speach (psh that shit don’t exist it’s america, but anyways).

    I honestly don’t feel like putting up with the other races using the word ni99er again, acting stupid, then hiding behind “freedom of speach” and then “well it’s on nas’s album”. Ok fine it was on other albums but that was then, this is now. Different world different tactics. This world is more sensative yet harsher.

    Anyways everyone knows when a black person says/does something it’s takein a lot more serious than when other people do it.

    Seriously there’s more ish to be mad about. A week or so ago an unarmed black kid was lit up by the LAPD for no reason (no legit reason) while he was at sonics. Now there’s no word of it.

    And to be honest NAS KNOWS/KNEW this was going to happen. You seriously can’t be in the business for as long as he has and not know this was going to go down.

  • kee says:

    Yeah, Nas had to know that that word wasnt going to be the title of his album. People dont know how to take things, especially if they dont know you, what’s going on, or where you come from.

    I honestly dont care who says the n word. It’s according to how you take it when someone calls you that. That word dosent really have any boundaries.
    What ever happened to the phrase “sticks & stones …?”

    Nas, I know the album will be that fire and i bet the people that opposed to the title of the album wont even buy it, simply for the fact that they dont know you nor listen to your music. Those people are ni66az. It’s funny though b/c now a days it takes negativity to get your point accross, and Nas isnt even being negative.

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