The reason why Lost Tapes 2 isn’t coming out

The sequel to 2002′s Lost Tapes is ready to be released, and Def Jam is apparently willing to put it out, but they’re supposedly saying that it won’t count on his deal and that they won’t give him any money, although in the e-mail below addressed to Def Jam’s top execs from Nas, they seemed to have offered him $200k for it. They also allegedly still want all of the benefits that come from releasing a Nas album.

From: Nas
To: LA Reid, Steve Bartels, Steve Gawley, Michael Seltzer, Joseph Borrino, Chris Hicks
Subject: PUT MY SHIT OUT!

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!

-N.Jones

via The Lefsetz Letter

I guess getting 100,000 of his fans to start a protest in front of the Def Jam offices is something he refuses to do, but letting an e-mail like this get out and brewing up an internet shitstorm is alright.

Either way, if Nas’ following is as strong as he says it is, and why wouldn’t it be, Def Jam’s reluctance to change his contract restrictions or pay him for unreleased songs shouldn’t be enough to stop him. Think about it, there should be other ways around this if they’re not counting it as a contractual obligation or trying to claim these songs that Nas might have recorded outside of his Def Jam days.

Then again, if there had been another way, we might not have even known about the issue.

Update: The letter has been confirmed by a legitimate source close to Nas. It’s true folks.


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192 Responses to “The reason why Lost Tapes 2 isn’t coming out”

  1. Dominicano up in harlem Says:

    lets play hangman…

    n _ _ _ _ s _

  2. Hopp Says:

    ” 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. ”

    This is do damn accurate it hurts to read it.

    ” This is a New York pioneers ALBUM, there ain’t many of us. I am ready to drop in the 4th quarter. ”

    Wow.

  3. novemberEND Says:

    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!
    ^^^^^^^
    *standing ovation*

    Misleading headline BTW Nate….

  4. Hopp Says:

    I guess getting 100,000 of his fans to start a protest in front of the Def Jam offices is something he refuses to do, but letting an e-mail like this get out and brewing up an internet shitstorm is alright.

    ^ What’s wrong with that ?

  5. EnglandRepresent Says:

    Nas > Hov

  6. DDotOmen Says:

    Wale should get Nas to ghostwrite his response to CuDi Slander.

    No Country for L.A. Reid

  7. kiLLa b00! Says:

    NAS THE ONLY TRUE REBEL SINCE THE BEGINNING!

  8. Dante Says:

    Publicity stunt… but it’s better than trying to name your album “Nigger”

  9. M Boogie Says:

    ha ha ha im digging finally getting some insight into Nas’ current relationship with the label, cuz i always asked myself how it could be… somehow him being signed to def jam doesn’t add up

  10. The Truth... Says:

    Not sure if I believe this email is real, but if it is….Nas, don’t put it out if they ain’t paying you the right money. Fuck them….why do them that favor. You don’t need to give them shit for free.

  11. prophecy_projectz Says:

    Damn, damn, damn….

    They gonna do him dirty with the next Studio LP.

    Its gonna get the budget of Ghostface and Roots.

  12. SeventhSun Says:

    That feels just a little forced.

    But regarding the album.
    I always felt The Lost Tapes was so good, because it was exactly the songs that Nas DIDN’T want to put out, and to me it really cemented my oppinion that he can’t pick beats to save his life.

    So the regular releases are shit, while the unreleased stuff was hot.

    Now here comes #2, that supposed to cash in on the succes of the first.
    But this one is put out (or not) fully aware – there are no leaked songs left off recent albums, which fans are crying for.

    So what kind of songs is on #2?
    Can Nas really knowingly construct an album with no sucky Salaam Remi beats?

  13. Jersey*made*me Says:

    Yo nation,STFU b.

    If it was that seahorse looking ass faggot Drake it would all make sense to you,wouldn’t it?

  14. Danbury Says:

    Purple >>>
    Drunk By Myself >>>
    Doo Rags >>>
    Lost Tapes >>>

  15. prophecy_projectz Says:

    # SeventhSun Says:
    October 7th, 2010 at 3:06 am

    That feels just a little forced.

    But regarding the album.
    I always felt The Lost Tapes was so good, because it was exactly the songs that Nas DIDN’T want to put out, and to me it really cemented my oppinion that he can’t pick beats to save his life.

    So the regular releases are shit, while the unreleased stuff was hot.

    Now here comes #2, that supposed to cash in on the succes of the first.
    But this one is put out (or not) fully aware – there are no leaked songs left off recent albums, which fans are crying for.

    So what kind of songs is on #2?
    Can Nas really knowingly construct an album with no sucky Salaam Remi beats?
    ——————————————————————————–

    Lost Tapes 1 had records that everyone had heard of or leaked before too though. In fact, other than Purple every record on that album had been heard on mixtapes, leaked mp3s on audiogalaxy or napster or B-sides to Nas’s singles.

    So even if Lost Tapes 2 has records that we already have heard, it doesnt matter its an album to compile the best stuff. Its sort of a way of Nas making his street album the way he would have.
    There’s also opportunity to hear records that havent been completed or talked about (He may release the Scientist or Colours. Pete Rock already said the record he worked with Nas in 2009 will be on there). So there’s stuff on the album.

    I got no problem with that album having “sucky” Salaam Remi beats because truth be told, he aint the one giving him the wack beats. Its usually Stargate or Chucky Thompson.

    People need to stop blaming Salaam for the wack beats, he gives him heat (Theifs Theme, Legendary, Made You Look, Streets Disciple). Its usually other dudes. In fact sometimes its from guys who we think are gonna give him heat (Q-Tip gave him American Way off Streets Disciple and Buckwild gave him These are Our Heroes and every Nas fan I know hated that)

    People gotta check the credits on the songs….course that would mean buying the album to look at the notes lol

  16. Jersey*made*me Says:

    Random: Woke up for a middle of the night snack and stumbled upon 106 & Park reunion or whatever and there stood Free,GOOD GAWD!!! I’ll hit her raw on Broadway on live national tv. That ass is >>>>>>

    *goes back to bed*

  17. Hopp Says:

    Yo nation,STFU b.
    If it was that seahorse looking ass faggot Drake it would all make sense to you,wouldn’t it?

    ^ I’m sayin’, smh @ this confused kid.

  18. Shooter Says:

    so its not coming out anymore?

    weak.

  19. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Nobody is gonna buy this album.

    It’ll be one of they years best bootlegs though.

  20. why? Says:

    Somebody please punch L.A Reid in the face.

    Gems -

    “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.”

    “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.”

    “Stop throwing dog shit on a MAGICAL moment.”

    “You don’t even have shit coming out! Stop being your own worst enemy. Let’s get money!” Nas didn’t know Ye releasing his album? SMH L.A Reid is picking favorites…

  21. Shooter Says:

    He may release the Scientist or Colours.
    ^^^^

    this is necessary

  22. why? Says:

    Hopp Says:

    ^

    This guy…

  23. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    What is the arguement exactly?

    Nas wants an official budget for an album full of dated material?

    And he wants it to count towards the albums he owes Def Jam?

    Why would IDJ go for this? It seems like a lose/lose for the label.

  24. Rec Says:

    Yo nation,STFU b.
    If it was that seahorse looking ass faggot Drake it would all make sense to you,wouldn’t it?

    ^ I’m sayin’, smh @ this confused kid.

    ^First Nas now Jersey*made*me, love it when cats speak truth and keep it 100

  25. koa29 Says:

    Stop throwing dog shit on a MAGICAL moment.

    #NASgems

  26. Shooter Says:

    And he wants it to count towards the albums he owes Def Jam
    ^^^

    ‘Best Of’ albums usually count towards this though, dont they?

  27. WILLPOWER Says:

    THESE EXECS NEVER GET IT .

  28. hejsa Says:

    Fuck Def Jam! But this is a stunt.

  29. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    ‘Best Of’ albums usually count towards this though, dont they?
    ==========================================
    Best Of albums have hits that have already charted & sold x amount of albums.

    The Lost Tapes is not a greatest hits album.

  30. Jz Says:

    WILLPOWER Says:

    October 7th, 2010 at 4:19 am
    THESE EXECS NEVER GET IT .

    ———-

    always hear this, yet “smart” rappers like Nas or Lupe sign the major contracts anyway and then start crying foul later and act “surprised”. No sympathy for these dudes at all.

  31. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    No sympathy for these dudes at all.
    ==========================
    None whatsoever.

  32. verses Says:

    SMH at Reid signin Jamal Barrow for a millie and only givin little homie 220K

    *drafts email to LA*

    *requests that he send over the 200 my way if the little homie don’t want it*

  33. verses Says:

    This reads like kanye wrote it for him, minus the all caps

  34. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    SMH at Reid signin Jamal Barrow for a millie and only givin little homie 220K
    =================================================
    Again, the blog hype is misleading.

    The Lost Tapes 2 will do 130K tops.

    It will prolly do 20K first week, if that much.

    If it’s not financially feasible for Def Jam to open an official album budget for an LP full of tracks that are for the most part readily available online, why should they?

    Cause it’s Nas?

  35. prophecy_projectz Says:

    # Jz Says:
    October 7th, 2010 at 4:25 am

    WILLPOWER Says:

    October 7th, 2010 at 4:19 am
    THESE EXECS NEVER GET IT .

    ———-

    always hear this, yet “smart” rappers like Nas or Lupe sign the major contracts anyway and then start crying foul later and act “surprised”. No sympathy for these dudes at all.
    ———–

    Nas rarely cries foul, and hes been on major labels for 17 years and had some BS to deal with (re-recording, small budgets, material getting left off albums).
    To me this is second major gripe hes had. I think he gets the industry but Def Jam wants to release the album, take whatever profits they can as a distributor but not give him share because its a not a new album of recorded material.

  36. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Was there even a video for The Lost Tapes?

    I mean, how much money do you spend on an album that you don’t expect to sell units?

  37. Oké! Says:

    Nooooo, Nasir what are you doing?! To Start that shitstorm instead of putting it out via E1 after feeding Def Jam with a Best Of LP to get out of the contract…
    You won’t get Hhid Budget anymore. Now they will Play you bad cause they have more pull.
    Don’t forget that you are their employee…

    Hip Hop is Dead was a great LP!

  38. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Nas’ Greatest Hits was released on Columbia in 2007.

    Technically, he hasn’t made enough music on Def Jam to release another Best Of.

    And I bet E1 would’ve paid just as much upfront as Def Jam. The promo money is prolly way less but an album like The Lost Tapes 2 doesn’t need alot of promo. Nas stans will buy it off GP…so they say.

  39. Oké! Says:

    Again, the blog hype is misleading.

    The Lost Tapes 2 will do 130K tops.

    It will prolly do 20K first week, if that much.

    If it’s not financially feasible for Def Jam to open an official album budget for an LP full of tracks that are for the most part readily available online, why should they?

    Cause it’s Nas?

    ^^^^^^^^^^
    Co-sign! Dudes are thinking economically, because they’re a brand and Nasir is their employee AKA investment!

  40. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    P.S. – Nas must pocket most of those album budgets anyway cause it doesn’t really show in his production. He’s not buying beats from Timbaland or Pharrell, so where did the money go?

  41. the real sharpy Says:

    Stop throwing dog shit on a MAGICAL moment <–lol,

  42. Oké! Says:

    Forgot about that Columbia 2k7 Best of, my Bad sorry!
    At E1 he’ll get the bigger cut-off of the sales.
    Plus Why is He complaining about the Executives being greedy and at the Same Time beggin for 200K+ for old material?

  43. Oké! Says:

    P.S. – Nas must pocket most of those album budgets anyway cause it doesn’t really show in his production. He’s not buying beats from Timbaland or Pharrell, so where did the money go?

    ^^^
    prolly it goes to Yeezy for exec. producing his next LP?
    BTW: Dr dre & Pollow aren’t selling Beats for cheap Money neither, huh?!

  44. Mr. Iceberg Slim Says:

    AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    October 7th, 2010 at 5:08 am
    P.S. – Nas must pocket most of those album budgets anyway cause it doesn’t really show in his production. He’s not buying beats from Timbaland or Pharrell, so where did the money go?

    ^^^^^^^^^^^6

    Kelis

  45. Tong Po Flo Says:

    Outlook ether

  46. Hopp Says:

    why? Says:
    October 7th, 2010 at 3:38 am Hopp Says:
    ^
    This guy…

    ^ Talk to me. © Khaled Khaled

  47. hl Says:

    KEEP GOING!!!!

  48. The Proprietor Says:

    This stinks of a publicity stunt.

    What are the chances of an email of this nature “leaking”? I don’t buy it.

    Mind you, I agree with the content

  49. Hopp Says:

    * has the name of the chick posted over @ LattisawTapes with the headphones *

    * doesn’t feel like sharing it *

  50. prophecy_projectz Says:

    # AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:
    October 7th, 2010 at 4:47 am

    Was there even a video for The Lost Tapes?

    I mean, how much money do you spend on an album that you don’t expect to sell units?
    ^^^^^^^^
    Even without a radio and video airplay, you still gotta do print and online advertising for it. $200k barelys covers that if at all. Depends on cost of ad space and the area/magazine/website that you put the ad on

  51. hl Says:

    200k? Does that include clearing samples and paying the producers? Doesn’t sound like enough.

  52. hl Says:

    From: Nas
    To: LA Reid, Steve Bartels, Steve Gawley, Michael Seltzer, Joseph Borrino, Chris Hicks
    Subject: PUT MY SHIT OUT!

    ^classic

  53. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Nas was the biggest thing going over at Columbia so they had to comply to keep him happy.

    Nas hasn’t has a hit record since HHID. He’s not a high priority over at Def Jam. They have enough big Rap acts where they don’t have to kiss Nas’ ass.

  54. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    200k? Does that include clearing samples and paying the producers? Doesn’t sound like enough.
    ==========================
    It’s more then enough considering how hard this album will struggle to break even.

  55. hl Says:

    200k? Does that include clearing samples and paying the producers? Doesn’t sound like enough.
    ==========================
    It’s more then enough considering how hard this album will struggle to break even.

    ^It’s not enough if they end up having to pull a Just Blaze or Rza beat off the album due to budget constraints. That would suck. I just want it to be released the way it’s supposed to. And I think you’re underestimating how many people are looking forward to Lost Tapes 2.

  56. London Bloke Says:

    jUNGLE woulda commented on this

    rIP

  57. London Bloke Says:

    As an exec, i’d consider giving Tyga (n) a higher budget than Nas

  58. the real sharpy Says:

    London Bloke Says:

    October 7th, 2010 at 6:44 am
    As an exec, i’d consider giving Tyga (n) a higher budget than Nas

    ^^the cappo of tyga’s fan club: the cubs lol

  59. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    And I think you’re underestimating how many people are looking forward to Lost Tapes 2.
    ======================================
    Nah. I think you’re overestimating the amount of people who are gonna run out & buy it.

    Nas isn’t as big a deal as today’s rap stars (ie. Lil’ Wayne, Drake, T.I., even Jay-Z).

    Distant Relatives didn’t do big business & I don’t expect TLT2 to do that much better.

  60. Mr. Iceberg Slim Says:

    Smh nas last album with the marley sold 75k total..

    Lets say the record company makes 3.00 a album (the record is only 8.99 at best buy

    so you have 3.00 * 75k = 225k

    so for an album that had nas and a reggae star (rmbr some of his fans bought that album also) the company did not make more than 25k

    Now, for this album of old shit that nas has in his closet they are willing to give him 200k, for old songs that are ALREADY DONE AND MASTERED AKA THROW AWAY Songs

    and he want to claim he is not slave, smh

    If you have any business sense you will see as a business you would be crazy to give this nigga anything more. And for the die hard nas fans,if nas really :cared” about you he would just drop the music every friday for free, see kanye west….

  61. Yama Says:

    Assuming this is a truthful communication from Knoz to label and that accusations contained therein are factual; I can only think that the label considers LT2 to be mixtape status, not LP status. Anyone else concur?

    It’s all very interesting, to state the obvious.

  62. Free J Says:

    Mr. Iceberg Slim Says:

    October 7th, 2010 at 6:51 am
    ^^^

    as much as i hate to admit it…this makes the most sense. Im a nas stan but take all that away and use logic. Lyrically Nas is king, realistically that nigga stay losin

  63. Hoskins Says:

    #smartenupnas

  64. Free J Says:

    *daps Mr. Iceberg Slim, LB, hl, Amp etc.*

  65. Hoskins Says:

    Talking Def Jam

    The Lost tapes 2 will probably have LESS new material than ROZAYs Albert Anastasia EP, and that was released for free

    Nas needs to just make a new album

  66. Armani Says:

    THat Banks song has a whack beat, sounds like a 10min fruity loops beat.
    Kanye probably charged him a milli for it too lol

  67. oké! Says:

    A record company gets about 30% of the final price. Mr. Iceberg’s calculation was quite right. 25000 $ is simply a bad investment for a company like def jam!

  68. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Nas needs to just make a new album
    ============================
    Basically. And keep the Lost Tapes shit for when he finally gets out of his Def Jam contract. E1 will pay good money for those records and there will be way less red tape hassles.

  69. Smooth Says:

    To be honest, Nas is doing it wrong…
    Nobody wants the lost tapes 2…
    stop being lazy and record a real album…
    record a classic…THATS what the fans want.
    release those unreleased tracks for FREE online…(if u really care about your fans)

    Nas is sounding like he doesn’t give a shit about the fans, and he just wants to make as much money as he can whilst he can…

  70. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    release those unreleased tracks for FREE online…(if u really care about your fans)
    =========================================
    Nas needs the money.

    And Kanye is releasing those “jam sessions” as promo for his album, the EP with Jay & his label.

    That shit ain’t “free”.

  71. Shooter Says:

    Nobody wants the lost tapes 2…
    ^^^

    FOH

  72. London Bloke Says:

    I thought all albums were free. Shoutout the innanets

  73. hl Says:

    youtube.com/watch?v=DGl5POy3xMg&feature=player_embedded

    ^Lupe speaks out on Atlantic.

  74. hl Says:

    Waka Flocka Flame feat Nas & Lupe Fiasco – Fuk Dis Industry remix

  75. Smooth Says:

    That new Banks is firrreeee
    Album should have some bangers
    Didn’t like that “every girl” track with lyyod though

  76. London Bloke Says:

    Waka Flocka Flame feat Nas & Lupe Fiasco – Fuk Dis Industry remix

    ^
    saigon got to be on the remix

  77. verses Says:

    This cab I’m in smells like someone pissed in it. Fuck.

    Shooter what you still doin on here? It’s 11pm son. Fuck I’m drunk. Daps anyway.
    And shoutout to Hl and hopp

    intanet soildersssssd!!!!!!!!!!!

  78. hl Says:

    youtube.com/watch?v=-7l4jMWr0Pk

    ^Dave Chappelle presents Lupe with a skateboard.

  79. black brokaw Says:

    I dont think nas even knows what year it is. “it’s not the 1800′s uh uh…its not the 90′s either”.

  80. hl Says:

    verses Says:

    It’s 11pm son. Fuck I’m drunk. Daps anyway. And shoutout to Hl and hopp

    ^lol. I forget some of ya’ll are overseas.

  81. Abortatron Says:

    *applauds nas*

    Stop throwing dog shit on my movement, yo.

    ^ I’m saying this to everyone at work today

  82. G7 Says:

    shout out to Land for the play by play on the Yankees game last night

  83. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    saigon got to be on the remix
    ========================
    Who?

  84. G7 Says:

    >>Yo nation,STFU b.

    If it was that seahorse looking ass faggot Drake it would all make sense to you,wouldn’t it?

    ====
    *death*

  85. G7 Says:

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

    ^look at the people he has to deal with…..smh.

  86. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Steve Bartels, Steve Gawley, Michael Seltzer, Joseph Borrino, Chris Hicks
    ============================================
    Who the fuck are these guys? LA’s “boys”?

  87. SilkCityP Says:

    Funny how I went to the linked website… and this letter doesn’t exist on the entire website????

  88. Mr. Iceberg Slim Says:

    “and yall belive the hype,
    cause a nigga wear a kufi
    it dont mean that he right

    just cause YOU dont understand him
    dont mean he bright
    Just mean u dont understand all the bullshit that he writes

  89. Mr. Iceberg Slim Says:

    **believe**

  90. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Aight Iceberg…we get the point…shut the fuck up now.

  91. G7 Says:

    word!

  92. Guccistan Says:

    *Standing ovay

    “Nas is rebel to America” this letter has more quotables than any album out.

    “stop throwing dog shit on a magical moment”
    I’m using that at work

  93. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Funny how I went to the linked website… and this letter doesn’t exist on the entire website????
    =========================
    So where’d Nation get it from?

  94. black brokaw Says:

    *call nas into my office*

    *makes him look at computer screen*

    *makes him delete the email from my inbox*

    *cracks whip*

    *is LA Reid*

  95. b Says:

    Nasir >>>>>>>>>>

  96. b Says:

    Mr. Iceberg Slim Says:
    October 7th, 2010 at 8:31 am
    “and yall belive the hype,
    cause a nigga wear a kufi
    it dont mean that he right

    just cause YOU dont understand him
    dont mean he bright
    Just mean u dont understand all the bullshit that he writes

    ^^^ U A DICKRIDING FAGGOT U LOVE THE ATTENTION

  97. Suaveebolaetc.etc. Says:

    SMH @ The email. I appreciate Nas taking the higher ground, but the game ain’t been the same since rappers stopped beating execs up. Someone needs to go ‘Keith Murray’ in Def Jam’s offices again and maybe then they’ll stop fucking about.

  98. Guccistan Says:

    Nas last 2 solo Lps were NUMBER 1 records. Jus ask around! Def jam BEEN slippin. His record on def jam is 2-0
    “speed boat three tokes and pass it “

  99. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Nas last 2 solo Lps were NUMBER 1 records.
    =================================
    But where are the hit singles?

    There were none.

    “the game ain’t been the same since rappers stopped beating execs up.”

    This is true tho.

  100. Suaveebolaetc.etc. Says:

    “and yall belive the hype,
    cause a nigga wear a kufi
    it dont mean that he right

    just cause YOU dont understand him
    dont mean he bright
    Just mean u dont understand all the bullshit that he writes

    ^^^ U A DICKRIDING FAGGOT U LOVE THE ATTENTION

    ^^

    *dead*

    Iceberg, this probably isn’t the best post to go all ‘Gloria’ on everyone…

  101. hl Says:

    But where are the hit singles?

    There were none.

    ^The albums debuted at number 1 and went gold. Not that I care about sales, but what more do you want?

  102. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    If Jay had decided to do the video for Black Republicans, Nas woulda had a better shot at a number one single of Def Jam.

  103. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    The albums debuted at number 1 and went gold. Not that I care about sales, but what more do you want?
    ======================================
    I liked both albums but they only succeeded in keeping Nas relevant. He didn’t make any fans with those two albums.

  104. Suaveebolaetc.etc. Says:

    “the game ain’t been the same since rappers stopped beating execs up.”

    This is true tho.

    ^^

    Back when execs looked at every rapper like mystical Baron Samedi type niggas and they didn’t know which ones would have them clapped during a family barbecue, it was gravy. Now they’re like ‘Fuck that guy – he talks shit to me, I’ll put him in a Wendy’s commercial dressed as a minstrel’.

    As ignorant as it sounds – someone needs to get whooped – A real life support, candlelight vigil whooping. One of these random goons running behind around rappers should be able to handle that, surely…

  105. JDS just looks at her, looks at her... Says:

    I hate to see one of my favorite artists go through this, especially at this stage of his career but he’s got no choce but to show & prove.

    Get that niggardly Waka on the horn and make a banger that Def Jam can’t deny.

  106. hl Says:

    The albums debuted at number 1 and went gold. Not that I care about sales, but what more do you want?
    ======================================
    I liked both albums but they only succeeded in keeping Nas relevant. He didn’t make any fans with those two albums.

    ^#1 single doesn’t mean you have fans or that people will support your album though. B.O.B. had a number one single, but I doubt he has many fans.

  107. prophecy_projectz Says:

    # AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:
    October 7th, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Nas last 2 solo Lps were NUMBER 1 records.
    =================================
    But where are the hit singles?

    There were none.

    “the game ain’t been the same since rappers stopped beating execs up.”

    This is true tho.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Fuck a hit single, the albums debuted number 1 and sold resonably well (HHID 800k almost plat, Untitled gold). For Nas to do those numbers in a post-2000s era when rappers of his kind struggle, thats nothing short a job well done. And thats why Def Jam was demanding a new studio album from him for this year.

    You put out singles to push the album, if your album sells marginally well without singles (ie no cost for spins) thats fine.

  108. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Nas ft. Waka Flocka Flame – “Blood Of A Slave, Heart Of A King”

    And you know who plays the slave.

  109. JDS just looks at her, looks at her... Says:

    Back when execs looked at every rapper like mystical Baron Samedi type niggas and they didn’t know which ones would have them clapped during a family barbecue, it was gravy. Now they’re like ‘Fuck that guy – he talks shit to me, I’ll put him in a Wendy’s commercial dressed as a minstrel’.

    ^^

    It’s too early for this…

    *dead*

  110. SilkCityP Says:

    Believe it or not… this situation is only going to bring an even better Solo album from Nas… That’s the 1 nigga u don’t set off! Everybody is still gonna get the Lost Tapes 2… Wouldn’t be surprised if Nas gets a buyout on his DefJam deal, and goes elsewhere… This could be a blessing in disguise!

  111. hl Says:

    *googles Baron Samedi*

    *dies*

  112. Suaveebolaetc.etc. Says:

    I hate to see one of my favorite artists go through this, especially at this stage of his career but he’s got no choce but to show & prove.

    Get that niggardly Waka on the horn and make a banger that Def Jam can’t deny.

    ^^

    After #Votinggood-gate Waka needs Nas more than Nas needs Waka. And look at the people he’s been working with recently. Carlos Santana and Gil Scott Heron. I can understand why he doesn’t really care for making ‘radio songs’ – he’s working with legends.

  113. Van Sertima Says:

    Fuck the entertainment industry corporatocracy. Nas should have created an independent situation a long time ago to release personal projects that wouldn’t make financial sense to a blood sucking entertainment corporation but would mean the world to hip hop. Ice Water is the perfect example, OB4CL2 had to be released independently. I’m convinced major corporate controlled record labels are done with hip hop. Even Jay saw this and left to get the money from Live nation to start his imprint. Hov was like fuck that. How is $200,000 not a insult?

  114. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Fuck a hit single, the albums debuted number 1 and sold resonably well (HHID 800k almost plat, Untitled gold). For Nas to do those numbers in a post-2000s era when rappers of his kind struggle, thats nothing short a job well done. And thats why Def Jam was demanding a new studio album from him for this year.
    ========================
    I agree, but lets be real, hype sold those albums more then the actual music. I like both albums for what they are but I know execs are eying BDS and saying Nas needs a real hit.

    Cause what’s he gonna name his next album?

    “I Hate Whitey”?

    That should go Gold easily.

  115. Heroin Headliner Says:

    Th Real Reason this ain’t been released…..

    Is cuz RAWSE ghostwritin check ain’t have sufficient funds to be cashed…..

    #smartenupgnoz

  116. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    I can understand why he doesn’t really care for making ‘radio songs’ – he’s working with legends.
    ===============================
    But honestly, the cats that buy Hip-Hop albums don’t care.

  117. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Nas should have created an independent situation a long time ago to release personal projects that wouldn’t make financial sense to a blood sucking entertainment corporation but would mean the world to hip hop.
    ===========================================
    Nas can’t even keep his women in line. Picture him setting up an indie.

    We all saw how successful Ill Will & The Jones Experience were.

  118. Troyvul Says:

    Jay-Z > Nas

  119. hl Says:

    I can understand why he doesn’t really care for making ‘radio songs’ – he’s working with legends.
    ===============================
    But honestly, the cats that buy Hip-Hop albums don’t care.

    ^True. Your biggest fans will download your entire discography like it ain’t nothing.

  120. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    How is $200,000 not a insult?
    =======================
    It was $220K and for some old records, I think that was pretty reasonable.

    It’s not like Nas set up the release of this album in his contract.

    He needs money.

  121. Jersey*made*me Says:

    ^#1 single doesn’t mean you have fans or that people will support your album though. B.O.B. had a number one single, but I doubt he has many fans.

    ^^

    *applauds hl*

    Church!

    Amp I can’t tell if your hating or what. WTF are you saying? Def Jam BEEN fucking up,at least fuck up with a legend,that’s all i’m saying. Nas has always recooped,if nothing else. This nigga got damn near 2o years in(20 GREAT years),when that stops counting for something we in trouble.

  122. G7 Says:

    if execs are looking for a pop hit from Nas it will most likely be shitty and people will complain.

    a collection of great songs >>>> “hits”

    *daps every1*

  123. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Jay-Z > Nas
    ============
    Nah. Nasir might be near broke but at least he’s got some integrity.

    You won’t see him on TRL with Kanye & Rhianna.

    Oh yeah, featuring Alicia Keys?

    Nas did that already.

  124. Jersey*made*me Says:

    Your biggest fans will download your entire discography like it ain’t nothing.

    ^^

    *hides hard drive*

  125. keith Says:

    fuck the industry. No one needs them anymore, we have the INTERNET!!!

  126. Jersey*made*me Says:

    a collection of great songs >>>> “hits”

    ^^

    Word.

    *daps the masses*

  127. hl Says:

    Jersey*made*me Says:

    Your biggest fans will download your entire discography like it ain’t nothing.

    ^^

    *hides hard drive*

    ——————

    lol

  128. Suaveebolaetc.etc. Says:

    I can understand why he doesn’t really care for making ‘radio songs’ – he’s working with legends.
    ===============================
    But honestly, the cats that buy Hip-Hop albums don’t care.

    ^^

    And that’s a crying shame, because they’re missing out on some great music. It’s always been super weird to me – in hip-hop, we’ve got one of the most progressive forms of music ever made, yet some of the most close minded fans supporting it. Only hip-hop fans, for example, could be given two albums of Dilla produced Tribe joints (B,R & L and The Love Movement) and complain that they didn’t get Midnight Marauders twice over. Really?

    The remix of New York Is Killing Me, is one of my favourite joints to come out this year. It’s like the anti-Empire State Of Mind.

  129. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Amp I can’t tell if your hating or what.
    =========================
    I’m speaking my mind.

    So eat a dick.

    “if execs are looking for a pop hit from Nas it will most likely be shitty and people will complain.”

    Only if it’s forced. If Nas embraced the idea of trying to make something that will appeal to people outside his fanbase without making some epic reach (i.e Getting Lady Gaga on the hook), he could make something that hits radio but still has “a purp” (c) Yeezy

  130. SilkCityP Says:

    It cracks me up to see how people respond from the media…. Like most dudes on Hip Hop blogs actually know the details and in’s and out’s of the business! This is not that big of a deal… The album is coming out 1 way or another… Dude has been standing on his own 2 feet, by himself for almost 20 years… I’m pretty sure he know’s what he is doing… When that dope music drops… Niggas won’t be so concerned with shit they really don’t know anything about

  131. Suaveebolaetc.etc. Says:

    @G7 speaking of taking it back to the 90′s – you reaching the DAS EFX show next week?

  132. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Only hip-hop fans, for example, could be given two albums of Dilla produced Tribe joints (B,R & L and The Love Movement) and complain that they didn’t get Midnight Marauders twice over. Really?
    ===============================
    The Love Movement is really bad though.

    And radio doesn’t play Gil Scott-Heron. BET neither. And it’s not getting on in the clubs.

    So how do you expect the average 17-18 year old to hear it?

    They won’t cause it’s not made for that demo.

  133. Wolverine Says:

    Many say it’s “Cuddle Season” but in my view, it’s about to be Killa Season! Timberland boots? Check. Black Hoody? Check. Black Mask? Check. Get down or get laid down!! #LEGGO (this mean’s let’s go)

  134. Jersey*made*me Says:

    So eat a dick.

    ^^

    How original,smh.

    Nigga you stay on your menstrual cycle,I bet the seat of your Phat Farm pants smell like fish right now.

  135. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    This is not that big of a deal… The album is coming out 1 way or another… Dude has been standing on his own 2 feet, by himself for almost 20 years… I’m pretty sure he know’s what he is doing… When that dope music drops… Niggas won’t be so concerned with shit they really don’t know anything about
    ===============================================
    In case you missed it, all this commentary is due to the long ass letter this post is based on.

    That’s why it’s a topic of discussion.

    And this is Nah Right where people make both informed and uninformed comments about Hip-Hop.

    So why are you aggy?

  136. dos equis Says:

    Shoutout to Don Equis for inspiring this post via logic and reason.

    ^^My name is Don Equis and I approve this message

    lattisawtapes.com >>>>>>>>

  137. spirit equality Says:

    prophecy projects,

    read the post you replied to again, that person clearly understood that lost tapes 1 had leaked material on it. everything else you said was pretty on point.

    ps: everyone who responded to this loses for not making fun of nas saying “with all do respect” instead of “with all DUE respect”. LMAO. grammar up, nas.

  138. S.I.C.K.VET Says:

    *daps all*

    LoL@Jerz

    *is hungover*

    *knowledge knowledge*

  139. Hoskins Says:

    Shout outs to me for never buying a Nas album, I just ripped my brothers cds or downloaded it (IWW 2 weeks ago)

  140. Troyvul Says:

    Kelis won

  141. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Nigga you stay on your menstrual cycle,I bet the seat of your Phat Farm pants smell like fish right now.
    ====================================
    Like your moms panties.

    I never address you, I never “talk” to you.

    “Amp I can’t tell if your hating or what. WTF are you saying?”

    Like I can’t state an opinion without hating.

    Fuck off. Stop typing in my direction.

  142. dos equis Says:

    Many say it’s “Cuddle Season” but in my view, it’s about to be Killa Season! Timberland boots? Check. Black Hoody? Check. Black Mask? Check. Get down or get laid down!! #LEGGO (this mean’s let’s go)

    ^^I like where this is going..recession finally kickin in, niggaz is taking off dem ballerina pants and dem men Uggs, the hood is back.

    *daps the dappable*

  143. SilkCityP Says:

    In case you missed it, all this commentary is due to the long ass letter this post is based on.

    That’s why it’s a topic of discussion.

    And this is Nah Right where people make both informed and uninformed comments about Hip-Hop.

    So why are you aggy?

    ^^^

    In case u missed my point… go to the website that is linked with this story… IT DOESN”T EXIST!

    Furthermore…. I’m not aggy at all…. as a matter of a fact, it was funny to me. I’ve been a Sound Engineer for over 10 years, where checks & exec’s come through all the time. The reason I said it was funny, was b/c the point of view that most people have on Hip Hop blogs about the business side of Hip Hop is completely inaccurate… A good parallel would be… A kid from the burbs has 2 cousins who live in the Bricks, see’s both of them at a family reunion, hangs out with them, leaves, go’s back home… and all of a sudden they are thugged out! It’s not reality pimpin

  144. hl Says:

    *gets word that Pun’s family is in dire need of money*

    *gets mad at Fat Joe*

    *downloads Pun’s entire discography*

    *is a Big Pun stan*

  145. Jersey*made*me Says:

    *daps S.I.C.K.*

  146. fuck boy music Says:

    LA Reid is a homo….

    this nigga bathes in cologne and wears silk shirt

  147. hl Says:

    *daps Don Equis*

    *steals his ideas*

    *builds empire*

  148. hl Says:

    *daps Don Equis*

    *steals his ideas*

    *builds empire*

  149. Charles Oakley Says:

    hi

  150. Charles Oakley Says:

    this nigga bathes in cologne and wears silk shirt
    ^
    roffle

  151. G7 Says:

    Suaveebolaetc.etc. Says:

    October 7th, 2010 at 9:22 am
    @G7 speaking of taking it back to the 90′s – you reaching the DAS EFX show next week?

    ^oh shit…lol. i almost forgot about that. there’s a good chance i might check it out. i was a big Das fan back in the day (II)

  152. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Yo HL, what’s your email?

    I got robbed last year in the Nah fantasy Basketball League. This year, I’m taking the chip.

  153. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    The reason I said it was funny, was b/c the point of view that most people have on Hip Hop blogs about the business side of Hip Hop is completely inaccurate…
    =====================
    So you being an “insider”, point out the inaccuracies of us ignorant blog folk.

    What is it that we don’t understand exactly?

  154. Jersey*made*me Says:

    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!

    ^^

    #aggressivecontent

  155. G7 Says:

    >>Jay-Z > Nas

    ^even if true, i’m not tryna see Nas put out corny singles like Run this Town or Forever Young. They have been hits, but them joints is real corny.

  156. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    You don’t get another Nas recording that doesn’t count against my deal….PERIOD!
    =================================
    It’s not an LP of original work. It’s comprised of old songs that he didn’t see fit to release back when they were created or when he put out the first Lost Tapes.

    Nas clearly bumped his head and woke up thinking he was on Duck Down.

  157. G7 Says:

    @ Suaveebolaetc.etc.

    you checkin’ that Das show? how much are tix?

  158. hl Says:

    @Amp

    LattisawTapes@gmail dot com

  159. Charles Oakley Says:

    It’s not an LP of original work. It’s comprised of old songs that he didn’t see fit to release back when they were created or when he put out the first Lost Tapes.
    ^
    I don’t know, the first one seemed to be quite crackish. Also, as far as I know compilation albums (best of albums) typically count towards a deal. And if he is this upset, I am assuming that the first Lost Tapes counted towards his deal as well.

  160. LaneKiffin*CainSniffin*LaneSwitchin* Says:

    #Rangers

  161. unity Says:

    SilkCityP Says:

    October 7th, 2010 at 9:22 am
    It cracks me up to see how people respond from the media…. Like most dudes on Hip Hop blogs actually know the details and in’s and out’s of the business! This is not that big of a deal… The album is coming out 1 way or another… Dude has been standing on his own 2 feet, by himself for almost 20 years… I’m pretty sure he know’s what he is doing… When that dope music drops… Niggas won’t be so concerned with shit they really don’t know anything about
    ^^^^^^CO-SIGN 1000%!

    These dudes on these blogs think they know Nas and his life story…the man has been doing this for 20 years…there is nothing dumb about him. All the haters seem to say is Nas is brok, bringing up his ex ect. Nas shits all over their favorite rappers because he is the only artist that will not take shit and expresses himself. Nas’ A&R already posted on twitter Lost Tapes 2!!! and made his backgroung is the theme of Lost Tapes 1! nas is no punk and unlike tese gossiping ass fans he knows what he is doig!

  162. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Plus, Nas had that Stillmatic momentum going into Lost Tapes. He releases the Illmatic Remix EP, The Lost Tapes & God’s Son all in 2002, within a year of Stillmatic.

    Dude was working like he gave a shit again.

  163. SilkCityP Says:

    So you being an “insider”, point out the inaccuracies of us ignorant blog folk.

    What is it that we don’t understand exactly?

    ^^^

    My friend…. there is NO proof this letter even exists! That’s the whole point… A letter gets posted with a link, and you go to source and it doesn’t even exist??… so now since the story is posted on here, everybody is talking up a storm about Nas and how he is fucked up in the game, and in need of money… Do u know the man personally?? Do any of us know him personally??… everything is off the strength of the media, what they say, what they publish…. Media = Lies …. I’m not here to belittle anybody bruh… I’m just saying… the media publishes things, and all of a sudden fans have judgements on these people, and we really don’t know if any of its true

  164. dos equis Says:

    When does it become a record? When it’s recorded or when it’s listened to?

    Niggaz say its old but if you never heard it ain’t it new?

  165. hl Says:

    Charles Oakley Says:

    It’s not an LP of original work. It’s comprised of old songs that he didn’t see fit to release back when they were created or when he put out the first Lost Tapes.

    ^I don’t know, the first one seemed to be quite crackish.

    ^Really doe.

  166. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    And if he is this upset, I am assuming that the first Lost Tapes counted towards his deal as well.
    ==========================================
    Different label, different time.

    He’s not the same Nas he was in 2001 and neither is the state of Hip-Hop.

  167. dos equis Says:

    My friend…. there is NO proof this letter even exists!

    ^^
    Niggaz be sheep though, bunch of bitches feel they gotta say something, anything as soon as it gets quiet..the silence scares em.

    I just checked the source “via The Lefsetz Letter” I also see no trace of this story that Nation probably copy and pasted from “another” blog.

    niggaz facts be fiction.

  168. d_Block_4_Life Says:

    The reason why Lost Tapes 2 isn’t coming out
    ^
    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    I have a belly full of white dog crap in me, and now you lay this shit on me?

  169. S.I.C.K.VET Says:

    Nas stans are the worse!!!

    J Elec stans are right up there too!!!

    Chill the fuck out!!Damn!!

    *daps my nigga dos*

  170. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Niggaz be sheep though, bunch of bitches feel they gotta say something, anything as soon as it gets quiet..the silence scares em.
    ===========================================
    Not sure what this means, but if you were taking a shot @ me, I’d appreciate it if you said my name.

    And if the letter is fiction, why is it still up?

    Niggas getting tight at the response to a letter instead of questioning the blogger’s decision to post it?

    The fuck?

  171. G7 Says:

    lol @ jorge

  172. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Nah’s title…

    The reason why Lost Tapes 2 isn’t coming out

    2DB’s title…

    Is Nas’ Lost Tapes 2 Going to Be Released?

    See the difference?

  173. prophecy_projectz Says:

    # AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:
    October 7th, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Fuck a hit single, the albums debuted number 1 and sold resonably well (HHID 800k almost plat, Untitled gold). For Nas to do those numbers in a post-2000s era when rappers of his kind struggle, thats nothing short a job well done. And thats why Def Jam was demanding a new studio album from him for this year.
    ========================
    I agree, but lets be real, hype sold those albums more then the actual music. I like both albums for what they are but I know execs are eying BDS and saying Nas needs a real hit.

    Cause what’s he gonna name his next album?

    “I Hate Whitey”?

    That should go Gold easily.
    ________________________________________

    This makes no sense. If those Sold who cares if it was hype or singles? In fact, the execs at Def Jam are probably greatful that the album pushed units without them having to spend money on spins.

    If anything Def Jam is probably greatful he can push gold without a heavy rotation single. Thats probably a reason why they keep Ghostface and the Roots too. They can sell a decent amount without a great deal of money going into the budget.

    The argument is this: Why not invest a little more money and be creative with the promotion? Ultimatley you still need that “Def Jam Push” but only Rhianna is the type of artist who gets a push after she does poor first week sales (Which has happened on 3 of her 5 albums). There is an audience for even people like Nas, Roots, Ghost. You just gotta find ways to get them buy the albums (Sell them on tour? Cause they all tour a lot)

    But anyway, the issue with Nas releasing Lost Tapes 2 has more to do with the fact that Def Jam is gonna reap money on this as a distributor with little invesement in.

    Perhaps they dont quite get the Nas brand. Unlike other rappers, having an album of unreleased material or working with a Primo, Pete Rock actually is profitable for him, because its targeting his audience.

    Sony kind of got that with the first one. They saw the bootlegging of Iam and saw stuff floating online and decided to capitalize on it and the Stillmatic buzz.
    Def Jam should follow suit

    I hear people say “Well why release an album which is just a mixtape”….well arent they doing that with Fab’s TINC 2 as an EP?

    Max your artists revenue but understanding these albums are worth promotion. And as it is they want Nas to release an album before the year finishes as per contract. This qualifies under that (like how some artists release a greatest hits album)

  174. SilkCityP Says:

    *Daps* Dos Equis

  175. Guccistan Says:

    Nas >>>>> Any rapper that has ever LIVED

  176. rEMIXZNFLOW Says:

    Niggaz be sheep though, bunch of bitches feel they gotta say something, anything as soon as it gets quiet..the silence scares em.
    ===========================================
    Not sure what this means, but if you were taking a shot @ me, I’d appreciate it if you said my name.

    ^
    checkmate….

    smh…

    *daps jerz for the strategy*

  177. rEMIXZNFLOW Says:

    # Guccistan Says:
    October 7th, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Nas >>>>> Any rapper that has ever LIVED

    ^
    this is unintentional comedy… unless you meant to do that… if so well played.

  178. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    And as it is they want Nas to release an album before the year finishes as per contract. This qualifies under that (like how some artists release a greatest hits album)
    ===================================
    That’s like me signing an agreement with you to deliver me a new Lexus and you bring me one…from 94.

    That’s not the agreement cause old music isn’t as relevant as it is dated & that might make it harder to sell it to the public.

    Def Jam wants a new Nas album like every one else.

  179. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    In fact, the execs at Def Jam are probably relieved that the album pushed units without them having to spend money on spins.*

    Fixed*

  180. Hombre Negro Says:

    I appreciate NaS

    Nation is biased when it comes to NaS because he wants to be just like a NaS but can’t understand how to be like a NaS

  181. fli-die Says:

    Imma Esco Fan always have been, always will be. But yo baby mama problems, tax problems and now label problems! He once said he wanted to be the B.B. King of hip hop (longevitiy) but he is turning more into Chuck Berry (do your homework).

    Micheal Jackson & Prince BOTH tried this same tactic NEVER to return to their prominence.

    Now while I DO agree that labels totally take advantage of artist. But this is where all those years off a lazy work ethic, bad beat selection and basically just doing what he felt is going to come back and bite Nas. He has no leverage. C’mon he’s not Jay! Or even Kanye for that matter. He is a LEGEND yes. But only in critical acclaim. After Stillmatic commercially…..ehhhh.

    I agree he shouldn’t aloow himself to get f*cked. But everybody knows that the next REAL Nas album has ALOT riding on it. His legacy lays in the balance. Illmatic is and will ALWAYS be an all time classic (which he does not own the masters to) but that was damn near 17 years ago! And in this what have you done for me lately business….nobody cares.

    Imagine if Hov just rested on HIS laurels after RD? Smarten up, Nas. The game needs you…..

  182. QUEENZ Says:

    @AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene

    That is the smartest comment I think I ever read on this site. The difference is soooooo clear. Bunch of fucking Nas haters and they don’t even try to mask it anymore. I don’t get it.

  183. prophecy_projectz Says:

    # AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:
    October 7th, 2010 at 10:04 am

    And as it is they want Nas to release an album before the year finishes as per contract. This qualifies under that (like how some artists release a greatest hits album)
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    That’s like me signing an agreement with you to deliver me a new Lexus and you bring me one…from 94.

    That’s not the agreement cause old music isn’t as relevant as it is dated & that might make it harder to sell it to the public.

    Def Jam wants a new Nas album like every one else.
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    Execs dont give a shit how old the music when it was recorded, as long as it counts as something new in retail stores for the artists, they’ll put it out. Thats why you have people who release Greatest Hits albums that are filled with stuff the audiences have heard before. Thats why you have B-Sides, mixtapes being released as EPs and dead artists like 2pac still dropping recycled material on major labels.
    By your logic you’re telling me none of these things have been released by major labels before because they wont accept them as new material. They dont care how old the music, as long as its something new to put in the stores they are with it.

    What Nas is trying to say to the execs is simple: Its worth promoting a Lost Tapes 2 album beyond it just being a compilation.

    Hip-Hop fans understand the value of it and anticipate like its an actual new album (We gonna hear stuff too like the new Pete Rock track Nas did last year). Of course he wants to be properly compensated for putting material even to the point of risking more money on it (Which he can make back on touring).

    Really I think its worth Def Jam promoting both this album and then the actual studio album as a one-two punch for 2010-2011 (similar to how Sony handled Nas in 2002 with Stillmatic-Lost Tapes-God Son). It shouldnt be out of their element as they used to double promote albums all the time in the late 90s-early 2000s with this.

  184. Brooklyn Strong Says:

    Nas is feeling the pressure of those Child Support payments. This could turn out good. Having your back on the wall can bring out the best of some people.

  185. prophecy_projectz Says:

    # fli-die Says:
    October 7th, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Imma Esco Fan always have been, always will be. But yo baby mama problems, tax problems and now label problems! He once said he wanted to be the B.B. King of hip hop (longevitiy) but he is turning more into Chuck Berry (do your homework).

    Micheal Jackson & Prince BOTH tried this same tactic NEVER to return to their prominence.

    Now while I DO agree that labels totally take advantage of artist. But this is where all those years off a lazy work ethic, bad beat selection and basically just doing what he felt is going to come back and bite Nas. He has no leverage. C’mon he’s not Jay! Or even Kanye for that matter. He is a LEGEND yes. But only in critical acclaim. After Stillmatic commercially…..ehhhh.

    I agree he shouldn’t aloow himself to get f*cked. But everybody knows that the next REAL Nas album has ALOT riding on it. His legacy lays in the balance. Illmatic is and will ALWAYS be an all time classic (which he does not own the masters to) but that was damn near 17 years ago! And in this what have you done for me lately business….nobody cares.

    Imagine if Hov just rested on HIS laurels after RD? Smarten up, Nas. The game needs you…..
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    I think his problems are a little over-exaggerated . We see what we hear on the net and on the surface but I dont think they are nearly as bad as some make them out to be.

    I mean the dude is about to headline Wembley Arena with Damian Marley on March 31st in London. Only Jay-Z, Eminem, 50 Cent and Kanye do 20,000 seat spots in Europe.

    As far as his work ethic goes, consider this: The man has been touring like a mainiac since 2007 (Rock the Bells headline act 3 straight years, indvidual album tours, festivals, Europe, Australia, Toured with Kanye overseas, Did Asia for the first time in 07-08, touring with Damian from 2009-2011) and he still known for having one of the biggest released and unreleased catalouges next to Pac.
    So I dont think he’s lazy at all.

    Now if you wanna talk about whether or not he’s smart at picking the right songs for his album the last couple of go arounds. Yeah I can content thats an issue (How do you leave Talk of NY, Colours, Scientist, What it is, Association off your album?)

    But this perception that he’s a failure because he’s not Kanye, Diddy, 50 or Jigga I think is a little unfair.

    Ultimatley he hasnt crashed and burned like Rule, DMX (or how Weezy and TI are if they keep fucking around with the law) or gone completley AWOL like Cam did or released nothing for years like Juelz Santana (Who HAD to drop mixtape cuts) or Rakim or Redman or Meth.

    If you rank him among other Hip-Hop artists, dudes had a pretty damn good career. I just think we over-exaggerate it cause “Nas Lost” is a meme and Jay-Z has rightfully dictated Hip-Hop culture, so we measure everyone against him. And even that dude is a Nas Stan…

  186. GC aka Chalky White Says:

    Why does Nas need the label? Someone remind me.

  187. fli-die Says:

    But this perception that he’s a failure because he’s not Kanye, Diddy, 50 or Jigga I think is a little unfair.

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    I don’t think he’s a failure by any means. The fact that he’s still here and is relevant proves that. Think: to most kids KRS & Rakim are like Melle Mel & Moe Dee to us! But niggas like Wock STILL revere Nas.

    But I KNOW that he does not have the leverage or catalog value as ANY of the artist mentioned above to be playing hard ball with the likes of the people he mentioned in HIS letter. I mean it plays great with the streets, but he’s playing a corporate game.

    And as a fan I would hate to see him get the treatment of artist that Def Jam already take for granted : Ghost, Meth, Red, The Roots etc. His legacy deserves better. And as fans so do we.

  188. neville Says:

    i thought jay-z brought nas to def jam?? he should reach out to jay now. that’s why having a business standpoint like jay is important in this game. nas should have been a business man. ask jay, it all pays out at the end.. i still cant believe nas, powerul as he is, going back n forth with execs to put his shit out. fuckin ridiculous (rza voice)

  189. Stupid fucs Says:

    AYOOO FUCK DEF JAM !!!! FUCK THE ENTIRE RECORDING INDUSTRY!!! ALOT OF YOU YOUNG FUCS CAN’T RELATE TO NAS MUSIC BCUZ YALL ALL WASHED UP LIKE THE REST OF THE HERD AND THE MASSES!! DUM FUCS !! DO YA EVEN UNDERSTAND WHAT THE MESSAGES THESE ONE HIT WONDERS ARE DOING TO THE YOUTH?? IF YOU GUYS UNDERSTOOD HOW ENERGY AND MASS MANIPULATION WORKS IT WOULD BE MORE OBVIOUS! LISTENING TO ALL THIS NEGATIVE SHYT LOWERS YOUR CHAKRAS OR WHAT YOU WOULD CALL ENERGY CENTERS AND FUCS WITH YOUR AURIC FIELD WHICH IS AROUND YOUR PHYSICAL BODY..(NON PHYSICAL ENERGY)!!! THIS IS ALL ABOUT BALANCE MAN!! WAKE UP DUM FUCS!!! DO YOUR RESEARCH IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR THE TRUTH!!!

    L.A FRIED IS CONTROLLED BY HIGHER FORCES!! HES JUST A SELL OUT LIKE THE REST OF THE INDUSTRY INCLUDING MOST ARTISTS…SO YEAH GET OFF THE SMARTEN UP BANDWAGON!!

  190. Guccistan Says:

    Nas is an artist above all, so fuck that exec shit jigga be talking cos wen it’s all said and done it’s. Nas >>>>>>>>>>> Any artist ever to pic up a microphone

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