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Nas Sends A SCATHING Letter To His Record Company!

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rapper nas sends def jam executives scathing letter for not releasing any of his music

Who knew he had it in him?!

Rapper Nas wants to bring some new music to his fans. He has the desire. He has the talent. But it seems he doesn't have the support of his record label, Def Jam Records, and they are standing in the way of putting out his new material.

Perhaps they are hearing something on the record that Nas isn't. (Like, its awful.) Or perhaps they simply have better rappers to promote. But whatever the reason, Nas has had enough and he sent out this email to his studio execs telling them exactly how he feels.

Nas writes:

From: Nas
To: LA Reid, Steve Bartels, Steve Gawley, Michael Seltzer, Joseph Borrino, Chris Hicks

Peace to all,

With all do respect to you all, Nas is NOBODY’s slave. This is not the 1800′s, respect me and I will respect you.

I won’t even tap dance around in an email, I will get right into it. People connect to the Artist @ the end of the day, they don’t connect with the executives. Honestly, nobody even cares what label puts out a great record, they care about who recorded it. Yet time and time again its the executives who always stand in the way of a creative artist’s dream and aspirations. You don’t help draw the truth from my deepest and most inner soul, you don’t even do a great job @ selling it. The #1 problem with DEF JAM is pretty simple and obvious, the executives think they are the stars. You aren’t…. not even close. As a matter of fact, you wish you were, but it didn’t work out so you took a desk job. To the consumer, I COME FIRST. Stop trying to deprive them! I have a fan base that dies for my music and a RAP label that doesn’t understand RAP. Pretty fucked up situation

This isn’t the 90′s though. Beefing with record labels is so 15 years ago. @ this point I just need you all to be very clear where I stand and how I feel about “my label.” I could go on twitter or hot 97 tomorrow and get 100,000 protesters @ your building but I choose to walk my own path my own way because since day one I have been my own man. I did business with Tommy Mottola and Donnie Einer, two of the most psycho dudes this business ever created. I worked well with them for one major reason……. they believed in me. The didn’t give a fuck about what any radio station or magazine said….those dudes had me.

Lost Tapes is a movement and a very important set up piece for my career as it stands. I started this over 5 years ago @ Columbia and nobody knew what it was or what it did but the label put it out as an LP and the fans went crazy for it and I single handlely built a new brand of rap albums. It’s smart and after 5 years it’s still a head of the game. This feels great and you not feeling what I’m feeling is disturbing. Don’t get in the way of my creativity. We are aligned with the stars here, this is a movement. There is a thing called KARMA that comes to haunt you when you tamper with the aligning stars. WE ARE GIVING THE PEOPLE EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT. Stop throwing dog shit on a MAGICAL moment.

You don’t get another Nas recording that doesn’t count against my deal….PERIOD! Keep your bullshit $200,000.00 fund. Open the REAL budget. This is a New York pioneers ALBUM, there ain’t many of us. I am ready to drop in the 4th quarter. You don’t even have shit coming out! Stop being your own worst enemy. Let’s get money!


Wow! He's fairly sure of himself, dontcha think?

We have to wonder though: if the music is as innovative as he says it is, why would the studio put a hold on it? Sure, they have to sell what they think will make them the most money, but Nas isn't wrong. He has a fan base. They'd eat it up.

So either the Def Jam execs really are screwing with him or they are trying to hide him from the fact that he is not as amazing as he thinks he is. Why are we getting the feeling it might be the latter.

Some letter though! Didn't hold back on any punches!

[Image via WENN.]

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26 comments to “Nas Sends A SCATHING Letter To His Record Company!”

  1. 1

    Ahhh, the RAP business-who knew it's so tough? The fans, the money, the honeys…

  2. 2

    Nas isn't what he used to be and that's that…………
    I did LOL at the "with all do respect"……….

  3. 3

    The Perezcious would NEVER hamstring any of the wonderful artists he has signed to his record label in such a manner. Just look at the world-wide success of Sliimy and Travis Garland. Perhaps Mr. Nas will consider switching to Perezcious Records!!

  4. 4

    Word, Nas (as I laugh at the hilarious piece whether it is real or not)…I do wonder if this has been would really turn up his nose at $200K? Pioneer?- I've never heard anyone call him that…

  5. 5

    i have nothing but respect for Nas. That's my nas! I love him

  6. 6

    Seriously who the hell is this dude? I am pretty sure if you as you so adequetly indicated in your very unprofessional e-mail Nas, were desired music phenomenon then the people would be asking for your sound but the unfortunate fact is there is no difference in your garbage now as there is with any other rap "artist"… Your music all sounds the same and is becoming too tiresome… Try putting the music out yourself with some of the money you made in the 90's and drop the record label if they aren't working rightly for your best interests as well as their own…

  7. 7

    perez - warners dropped your ass. stop trying to pretend you know anything about the business or what's good or what's shit. start reading billboard and stop trying to get an interview in it.

    p.s. hard to take all this "stop the bullying" "it will get better" shit when you are the LEADER of the online bullying pack. You are the SPOKESPERSON for cyber bullying - cruel, unwarranted attacks and vicious gossip that ruins peoples lives.

  8. 8

    First, rap is basically dead at this point. Second, NAS was never any good to begin with. He was a creation of a shitty East Coast Rap scene that lacked talent and originality. He lyrics were grade school, his voice sounds like he is congested (or gay) and the beat was exactly the same as all the other East Coast rappers. I, for one, am very happy the rap is a dead art form and doubly glad that NAS and 'Diddy' are long forgotten. 30 years from now, people may still know Eminem and Dre - maybe even Ice Cube as some type of joke music - but nobody, and I mean nobody, will remember a single thing that NAS ever did. NAS has a movement? Yeah, right…

  9. 9

    That Nas Untitled album was amazing, still one of my favorite records in my rotation two years after it came out, I cant believe they are holding out on us with more tracks? Thats crazy, he is a Hip Hop legend- dont try to tell him whats good and what isnt, the man knows.

  10. 10

    Yes, he's sure of himself and he has every right to be. Nas is one of the greatest MC's to ever touch a mic. Why would the studio put his project on hold, you ask? Because it's concious music and exes don't want that. That is why they did a piss poor job of promoting his last project with Damian Marley.Instead, they want songs about cars, bling, girls, more girls and Cristal. That answer your question?

  11. 11

    I did not like his music so what if he makes music again or rap whatever my freedom of speach

  12. 12

    My Freedom of speech

  13. 13

    I did not like his music so what if he makes music again or rap whatever my freedom of speech

  14. 14

    Re: Fat_Bob – you obviously don't know anything about rap

  15. 15

    "Seriously who the hell is this dude?"

    You obviously know nothing about rap if you don't know who Nas is…Go away.

  16. 16

    Re: April 20th

    Let's talk again in 30 years….hell, it hasn't even been 5 years yet and nobody know who this guy is. As for Ice-Cube - he is better known as an actor at this point. If you comment was in regard to rap music - you really don't think it is dead? If Straight Out of Compton was released this year - how many copied would it sell? Don't get me wrong, today's music scene sucks balls, but it is still better off without rap…

  17. 17

    Not going to lie I know nothing about rap or Nas or any of the rapers out there but record labels do need to let artist be artist nowadays cause all the music suck now. everyone sounds the same and there is no real creativity any more. if he want to put out somthing he thinks is good then let him. If he flops that will be on him and they will get to say i told you so. Im sure he has enough money he should just put it out himself or put it out as download only. the record companys are almost dead anyway.

  18. 18

    Wow. Anyone who knows REAL hip hop knows it is DEAD… Nas is and was a revolutionary in hip hop…. Bring it back NAS! And f**k the haters! Idiots.

  19. 19

    Re: Fat_Bob – that's because Nas was known in the 90's and hasn't put out a good album since stillmatic which was 2001-ish. and as far as ice cube goes, if you truly think he's a better know actor you have further solidified that you know jack shit about rap music. rap sux today, doesn't mean it always did

  20. 20

    Re: April 20th
    "rap sux today, doesn't mean it always did" - that is where you are wrong. Rap has always sucked, you were just too stupid to realize it back then because it was new and exciting. How many times do you whip out that Digital Underground or old LL Cool J CD these days…or Snow?

  21. 21

    "Why are we getting the feeling it might be the latter"

    its probably because you listen to shit music

  22. 22

    Nas is as good as he says. He has been in the industry for 16 years making rap music that is greatly appreciated by those that understand the genre of music at its core. If you like Drake, you won't like Nas. So those of you that don't know Nas, you're not supposed to. You're a commercial music fan. He's beyond you.

  23. 23

    Hip Hop is Dead - wasn't that is last single?

  24. 24

    someone flush the toilet please

  25. 25

    Re: deywalker – Exactly. Nas is a lyricist to the highest degree and I have nothing but love and admiration for him. He's a conscious rapper and Sony is all about commercial/Illuminati/manufactured crap, not Nas. Nas first album is considered the greatest album of all time and he had NO featured artist. How many ppl can say that? Nas is hip hop, bitches! I'll be waiting, Mr Nasir:)

  26. 26

    Good! He's right too!
    Tommy Mottola really is a psycho bastard….