Within the past few months Nas has stirred up controversy in anticipation of his eighth studio album, N*gger. Now it seems as if the Queensbridge emcee has conceded to his critics and changed the title of his upcoming release.
According to Entertainment Weekly, a representative for Def Jam records has confirmed that Nas (born Nasir Jones) has decided to change the title of his new album N*gger to Untitled.
"The people will always know what the real title of this album is and what to call it," Nas said in a statement. "It's important to me that this album gets to the fans...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 Queens-bred rapper sparked a heated debate last fall when he announced the provocative title. Despite the controversy surrounding the title, Nas' label and chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid stood behind God Son's concept.
In an exclusive with SOHH, Reid delivered a message of support for Nas and the album concept, but was unsure of its title. "Expect Nas to educate us without preaching to us," Reid said. "Expect him to give a point of view that maybe the world hasn't thought about. Expect him to really enlighten us."
When asked if the album would be released with the n-word title, Ried replied, "We'll have to see."
In a survey conducted by SOHH in response to the album's title, out of 1,899 respondents 85.27% said they were not offended by Nas' decision to name the disc N*gger. 14.73% of those polled said they were.
The newly named set was originally scheduled to be release in April, but with recent material from the project leaking on the net, Nas reported the album to be released in July.
Nas is now set to hit stores July 1st via Def Jam Recordings.
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