In the up-coming issue of Entertainment Weekly (on newsstands May 26) Nas talks about his new untitled album and previews some of its vivid lyrical content.
Entertainment Weekly sat down with Nas and previewed three of the album's songs:
"In "Y’all My N----s," Nas defiantly addresses the controversy over his originally proposed album title ("No apologies on the issue/If it offends you, it’s meant to, simple as that"). "There’s so much confusion with the n----- word," he explains. "But we should allow anybody to talk about who they are and not feel threatened or attacked because of it."
"In "This Is Not America," Nas offers his perspective on what's wrong with our country. "America is beautiful, and it has so much to offer," Nas says, "but there’s a lot that it has to fix." He offers some pointed examples here ("The death penalty/In Texas kills young boys and girls, barbarity") over a simmering sample from David Bowie and the Pat Metheny Group’s 1985 single "This Is Not America."
"In "Sly Fox," Nas devotes the song to the Fox News Channel. "Bush tells lies and Fox trots," raps an outraged Nas. He’s particularly fed up with the way Fox pundit Bill O’Reilly criticized his sometimes violent lyrics last year: "They say I’m all about murder and kill, kill/But what about Grindhouse and Kill Bill?" Cracks Nas, "Man, Bill O’Reilly’s hatred toward hip-hop is hilarious."
Nas's new album, originally titled "N*gger" but now untitled is due in stores July 1.