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“So Untitled It Is”

Nas and wife Kelis promoting the new album

Nas and wife Kelis promoting the new album

Nas after months of controversy has managed to back down and still maintain respect it seems. Nas was due to release the album entited “Ni*g*r” but decided to name the album “Untitled” after coming under immense pressure from all angles. There has been a movement in Hip-Hop to eradicate the “N-Word” after Michael Richards lost it on stage. Nas’ motives were to supposedly take away from the power of the word “Ni*g*r” but to many he seemed to be going against the grain announcing that he would name an album “Ni*g*r” at a time when many had become sick of seeing and hearing the word. Nas by stepping back and naming the album “Untitled” has maintained his respectability and played the field well. He addressed the issue in the song “Hero” saying:

Still in musical prison, in jail for the flow
Try telling Bob Dylan, Bruce, or Billy Joel
They can’t sing what’s in their soul
So untitled it is
I never change nothin’
But people remember this
If Nas can’t say it, think about these talented kids
With new ideas being told what they can and can’t spit
I can’t sit and watch it

It will forever be debatable whether Nas did the right thing by doing a U-Turn and letting others influence his album title.


March 5, 2009 - Posted by | censorship, Music | , , , , , , , ,

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