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Tell 'Em Why You're Mad Nas!

Nas is fed up with Def Jam executives for not releasing his album yet. He wrote a letter to the company explaining his 99 problems.  And he didn't hold his tongue.  Read the letter when you go inside...

 

Seems like Nas has had enough waiting around for his album to be released. He took it upon himself to write the Def Jam execs with the subject line of "Put My Sh*t Out !"

Here's the letter in full:

 

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


Nas sounds like he means business and makes some valid points. But I already know the argument of the execs will be--"Well you're not that hot right now."  Nas just released the Distant Relatives album with Damien Marley and got some pub for it, but not what the label was looking for.

 

Wonder if Lupe will follow his lead and do the same thing about his album?  Your thoughts?

 

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ppl can't completely blame

ppl can't completely blame the rec execs...blame the lame consumers! They are the one's driving sales of BS records that Wacka, Gucci, Souljah and the rest put out. They want to make money...so maybe if more folks supported my babe Nas and other lyricists out there, this letter would have never been penned.
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the last true lyricists nas

the last true lyricists nas the king is back
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This music industry so damn

This music industry so damn grimey.
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I have to ride with Nas on

I have to ride with Nas on this one. Glad he made a stand...maybe didn't go about it the best way but he did it HIS way and thats all one can expect.
webstar's picture

Nas made severL good points

Nas made severL good points which the executives need to make note and learn from it. The problem with some record labels are the executives EGO's.... I say this"put your salaries, fringe benefits and you penis back in your pockets and let's play MUSIC!! It's what th world wants, and a supply in demand. To the Exec's "play ball or get out..." To the artists "create your own label and be your own boss if you want control". Never leave your heart and soul with a label...it might backfire one day!
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To All YBF Bloggers....If at all possible please don't waste you time responding to @Legetitt ignorant rants...He has Uncle Ruckus as his avator on YBF....And Uncle Ruckus is a fictional character that tries to escape his own identity as a Black Man...This Character is a White Supremacist in a Black Body....Saddddd....This is why @Legetitt is always on YBF degrading Black Women....So please don't respond to this Black Racist KKK member wannabe!!!!
anonymousToo's picture

I knew Rihanna's name would

I knew Rihanna's name would come up in this post. That chick is known around the world and people love her music. That's why she gets mad promotion. And no her album didn't flop, get the facts straight first. If you wanna get mad, blame yourselves. I wanna know how many of you guys bought Nas's last album that came out or the one before that??? If people don't buy your shit then you'll get shelved by the record label. That's common knowledge. Yes Nas is a rap pioneer but nowadays kids listen to that dumb Soulja Boy and New Boyz shit. Kids nowadays don't appreciate real hip hop. Kanye gets promotion because he's talented and creates alot of buzz. Same goes for Eminem, Drake and Nicki Minaj. Start buying his albums then maybe he'll get the support he deserves. Plain and simple.
Lovely's picture

maybe nas should get a

maybe nas should get a manager with experience, maybe he should think about whom he fired inorder to hire a kid that sucks his ass? send your manager's partner in there, and i bet u will get what u want
that BITCH's picture

hummmm what you know?

hummmm what you know?
Anonymous's picture

WOW.. Def Jam is triflin for

WOW.. Def Jam is triflin for not releasing Nas' album. Like someone said B4 they're putting too much time and money promoting Rihanna.. it's a damn shame too, she can't even sing. Dropping people with talent left and right, now not releasing albums?! SMH
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DEF JAM PUT ARE THERE MONEY

DEF JAM PUT ARE THERE MONEY INTO RIHANNA THATS WHY. RATED R FAILED SO THEY TRYING TO REVAMP HER WITH "LOUD" HAIR, AND A LOUSY VOICE. ALTHOUGH NAS IS APART OF THE INDUSTRY, AND KNOWS WHAT GOES DOWN HIS MUSIC REFLECTS THE REAL, AND HISTORY, ENLIGHTENMENT TO THE YOUTH THAT WILL LISTEN. THESE RECORD COMPANY'S PROMOTE SOUJA BOY, WACKA FLACA, AND SEVERAL DUM DOWN IDIOTIC RAP SONGS THAT KEEP KIDS AT A DOWN DOWN STATUS. THE INDUSTRY EXECS NEED TO BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR ALL THIS BUFFOONERY THEY CALL MUSIC. THEY HAVE REALLY LET THEIR STANDARDS GO, LIKE THE MOVIE "THE LAST DRAGON" WAS TELLING WHATS TO COME. LIL GREEDY JEWISH MEN CORRUPTING THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY WITH BAD MUSIC, AND SEXED UP WOMEN. NAS, LUPE, TALIB, METHOD MAN ETC ALL NEED TO STAND UP TOGETHER AS A UNTIED FRONT. I KNOW THEY THINK THEY'LL END UP THE TUPAC, OLD DIRT BASTARD, DAMX, AND SEVERAL OTHERS WHO SPOKE THE TRUTH. WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS, THE INDUSTRY FORCING SHIT HOP NOT HIP HOP DOWN ARE THROATS. I HOPE NAS LITTLE STAND WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE. THE PROBLEM IS WE ALL NEED TO STAND LIKE THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY MOVEMENT. ITS ALMOST LIKE WE ALL FORGOT WHAT THE FIGHT WAS REALLY ABOUT. WE WILL SEE, NAS IF YOU CAN MAKE THEM CHANGE THEIR MINDS, YOU KNOW THEY LIKE TO FUCK WITH THE ONES WHO SPEAK THE TRUTH. THEY CREATE STORIES, GIVE YOU TAX FRAUD, BABY MOMMA DRAMA ETC TO DISTRIKE FOLKS FROM THE TRUTH. IF HE HAD A PROTEST I WOULD BE THEIR IN THE FRONT OF THE LINE. HIP HOP IS SO DEAD, WE MUST SAVE IT.
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You really said it!!!!! Wacka

You really said it!!!!! Wacka Flacka and Guicci are pushed on people with that ignorant mess. I listened to Flacka's "Hard in the Paint" and he said "When my little brother died, I said phuck school." I thought about all the kids listening to that mess and the message that was sending. Nas is an artist that stands for progress. He can spit and half these yabba-dabba-doo rappers can't carry his bags lyrically. Thanks for being a YBFer that makes sense and writes with black love and intellect. Alot of us read the comments more then we write them (I'm one). We write when we feel moved to our see a point that should be made, I appreciate your post. Peace
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REAL TALK!

REAL TALK!
nkrumah land's picture

Totally agree.

Totally agree.
Anonymous's picture

Co-sign 100%! Some people

Co-sign 100%! Some people only seem to want to bring up his divorce and child/alimony payments when that TMZ gossip has been old news for months! Nas is a true artist and one to be respect but yet the sheep want to act like he is not importnat because he did not make the FORBES list...LOL! Hip hop is such a joke and brainwashed by money and criminals who go to jail every 2 months!
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THANK YOU, AS YOU SAID IF YOU

THANK YOU, AS YOU SAID IF YOU A FELON, GOT SHOT, GOT A RAP SHEET FROM HER TO MEXICO, SOLD DOPE THEN YOU TOO CAN BECOME A SUCCESSFUL RAPPER. HIP HOP IS DEAD LIKE NAS SAID ITS BEEN TAKING OVER BY DECEIVERS.
STOP BLACK ON BLACK CRIME's picture

That's some real shit. LMAO @

That's some real shit. LMAO @ "Shit Hop". It's just like Brown Sugar! Remeber Rin and Tin; the hip hop Dalmations?!?!?! Or Wacky Dee in CB4????
Colonel Stinkmeaner's picture

LOL ACTALLY

LOL ACTALLY
STOP BLACK ON BLACK CRIME's picture

Nas trynna make that child

Nas trynna make that child support money!
Anonymous's picture

You are still on that last

You are still on that last year TMZ gossip bullshit...grow up!
this is life's picture

REALLY THAT'S ALL YOU GOT

REALLY THAT'S ALL YOU GOT FROM READING THAT LETTER, YOU MUST GOT SOUJA BOY LATEST CD. SMH
STOP THE BLACK ON BLACK CRIME's picture

I think he makes some good

I think he makes some good points and I am a fan of Nas, but I think he would have a stronger leg to stand on if N*gger had been a great album. It wasn't.
Anon's picture

Nigger (untitled) was a

Nigger (untitled) was a master-piece. Cleverly written. Nas is a lyrical genius.
Anonymous's picture

The 'Untitled' album was so

The 'Untitled' album was so amazingly well written and executed by Nas and it sold very well considering it was a social/political album. That album has sold over 650k copies GOLD!
larry's picture

That album was amazing

That album was amazing teaching people the truth. Nas never made a bad album choice, you can't go wrong spitting the truth, it just depends on her wants to listen.
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ONLY a baby momma, alimony,

ONLY a baby momma, alimony, child support & bills make any man this mad. For real, it ain't even 'bout what's in black and white - just lashing out - still real talk all the same.
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Wow...you still a child

Wow...you still a child yourself who has absolutely nothing insightful to say but to keep feeding the negative gossip! You people are more worried about nas child support than he is and on top of that you don't even have a clue what your talking about.
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He is not the only one. They

He is not the only one. They been doing my boo Chrisette Michele like that since day one. Record Labels do NOT like the truth or substance...they are the reason why our children are being dumbed down. Hmmmmm...
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Thank you! The biggest

Thank you! The biggest brainwasher in our society = Record Labels
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Big ups to Nas and Lupe

Big ups to Nas and Lupe Fiasco for having the heart to put these major labels on blast.
Colonel Stinkmeaner's picture

If you are on def jam and

If you are on def jam and your name is not Rhianna for get it!
Anonymous's picture

LA Reid is probably too busy

LA Reid is probably too busy trolling gay porn sites to know whats up.
Yup's picture

Nas is right. Def Jam sleeps

Nas is right. Def Jam sleeps on him, Lupe Fiasco and Chrisette Michelle. How can an artist sell and make $ if they don't promote them or release their music? Come on now...Props to NAS for speaking the truth straight-up, no chaser.
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Not a huge Nas fan, but I'd

Not a huge Nas fan, but I'd definitely buy his album based on this letter! Hell, I'll even show up at the protest!!! I'm all for treating artists with RESPECT! #TeamNAS all the way!!!
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probably contract bound now

probably contract bound now but I believe Nas is definitely hot enough to go independent... with internet and talent he can go a long way....
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Nas deserves a big budget and

Nas deserves a big budget and the release of his album along with great promotion. He is an established artist with great lyrical content. He has every right to stand up for himself. Good for Nas!
Anonymous's picture

I'm glad Nas put it to them,

I'm glad Nas put it to them, but I am so surprised that he and Lupe and countless others have not gotten their attorneys to get them out of their contracts and go independent. At this point, they could surely assemble a team and take 100% of the profit. Heck, they don't even need a team, just get with a little crew that is already making noise on the independent scene. All you need is distribution boo. SMH at the fact that with all the stars...we still do not have a reputable black-owned music distributor for the shelves, but with the internet and singles trumping albums, the whole idea of shelves and physical CDs is about to go the way of the 8-track.
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That is right Nas!!!! tell em

That is right Nas!!!! tell em to keep that lousy front money 200,000 that anit nothing compare to what you bringing to the table pure genius!!!!
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Very proud of Nas. Speak out

Very proud of Nas. Speak out brotha! You are one of the last few true lyricists and we cannot afford to have you sitting on a shelves while the radio is inundated with Souljah Boy and other crap.
AKAtude's picture

I noticed how a lot of music

I noticed how a lot of music execs be all up in the pictures like they're stars - LOL. This is a mess!
Happy Lady's picture

I hate the music industry.

I hate the music industry. It's like mind control.
Anonymous's picture

..............it IS mind

..............it IS mind control.
Colonel Stinkmeaner's picture

I love Nas he has every right

I love Nas he has every right to speak his mind shit this is his life and career and I can't believe they are playing him he been in the game for over ten years I don't know what the problem is.
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well, maybe he would be hot

well, maybe he would be hot right now if he had an album out. lol thats an oxymoron. i love nas and lupe and would be willing to support them 100% against the music execs
leesh's picture

That's the entire point of

That's the entire point of his letter; to have the label put his album out. The label isn't releasing his music; or anybody else's if the music contains substance or something that actually might make you think. If your music is based upon your chains, cars, how thick a b!tch is, or lacks the pronounciation of the letter "s" (i.e. Oh Le Duet/Oh let's do it); you're getting promoted.
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you should probably look up

you should probably look up the definition of oxymoron, because what you wrote is not an example of one. an oxymoron is more on the lines of "jumbo shrimp" or "definite possibility". and that's the grammar lesson for today!!
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