DEF JAM DENIES 'N-WORD' FOR NAS ALBUM: Source says 'How would that look at Wal-Mart?'
*A source close to Island Def Jam Group chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid is now claiming that the new album from Nas will not be called the N-word as the rapper had announced during a concert Friday night in New York.
"There is no album release by Nas on the release schedule at this point," the source told FOX News. "And they would be unlikely to release an album with that title. How would that look at Wal-Mart?"
Before anyone from Def Jam could even address Nas' statement, Rev. Jesse Jackson and the NAACP had already issued comments condemning the artist for the announced title.
"The title using the 'N' word is morally offensive and socially distasteful," Jackson said in a statement. "Nas has the right to degrade and denigrate in the name of free speech, but there is no honor in it. Radio and television stations have no obligation to play it and self-respecting people have no obligation to buy it."
"I wish he would use his talents to lift up and inspire, not degrade, making mockery of racism," he added.
"We will not support and we will not continually be assailed by other individuals who want to use that type of term in our presence" said national NAACP spokesman Richard McIntire, according to Fox News. "This has gone on long enough."
I was hoping the record company couldn't be that stupid.
People get upset that Jesse Jackson, and Sharpton are always on TV, but if idiots in our community, would catch, grab, beg, borrow, steal or buy a clue-it wouldn't be necessary. I'm hoping one day...before I die..we as a people can get it together.
I'd even settle for...'on the way to getting it together.'
I just want to say to Nas: NI**A, R U CRAZY?!