Wednesday, May 21, 2008
NAS DROPS "THE N-WORD"
I'm glad that Nas isn't going to be using "The N-word" for the title of his new album. Announcing that as the title got him a lot of hype, but I don't think it has ultimately done him any good. I read a few interviews with him and he seemed to have a different explanation for using the word in each interview. And none of them seemed to be great explanations. But he's one of hip-hop's most enduring MCs and I just didn't think it was a great move. Bottom line: you do something like that, and you have to have a bullet-proof reason why, and I don't think he did. Or if he did, he didn't express it well. Still, I thought his last album, 2007's Hip-Hop Is Dead was a solid album, and I hope this one is as good.