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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

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!

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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I agree with Nas. The execs

I agree with Nas. The execs always wanna say what's hot and what's not, when in reality, they have no clue and are a bit detached from what the people really want. On the other hand, it's a business and they are ONLY in it to make money. They don't care about the art at all, hence the dumbed down music we get today, versus 10, 15, 20 yrs ago.
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If he's that passionate about

If he's that passionate about his music, he should either find a way to cut the label then release the music on his own. As he said, the execs know nothing about rap music-they're old men with stale mentalities. All the execs care about is money. But that letter isn't going to help him in the end-seriously.
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Love NAS!

Love NAS!
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the label fights are SO old

the label fights are SO old like Nas said but they ARE the money pushers and unfortunately have alot of power. its SAD which is why so many end up going for the independent labels where they are ACTUALLY their own artists who have to invest their own money rather than big labels where they r basically employees & get dished the cash! nas...lupe..i hope it works out!
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