Last weekend, during a show at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, Nas announced that his new album will be called “Nigga” and drop in December. While the media and blogosphere went crazy over the news, Def Jam Records came out on Tuesday saying that it isn’t so.
"There is no album release by Nas on the release schedule at this point," a source close to Island Def Jam Music Group chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid told FOXNews.com. "And they would be unlikely to release an album with that title. How would that look at Wal-Mart?"
The only album Nas is coming out with in 2007 is a greatest hits collection dropping next month. When Nas made the announcement, people like Jesse Jackson and NAACP’s Richard McIntire came out in disapporvement.
"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."
"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. "This has gone on long enough."