Nas Calls Out Def Jam for Holding Up ‘Lost Tapes 2’

Nas, aka Nasir Jones, is one of the most highly-reverred MCs of all time. Hailing from Queensbridge projects in Queens, New York, his albums are routinely cited among the best hip-hop albums of all time.Lupe Fiasco and Talib Kweli aren’t the only MCs standing up the man this month. In a recent “open letter” to the executives at Def Jam, Nas deplores the label’s business methods and says that they are responsible for delaying the second installment of his highly-coveted Lost Tapes series.

“This isn’t the 90’s,” the Queensbridge MC said in his letter, “Beefing with record labels is so 15 years ago. [At] this point I just need you all to be very clear where I stand and how I feel about ‘my label’.”

Nas accused the Def Jam executives (the letter is address to LA Reid, Steve Bartels, Steve Gawley, Michael Seltzer, Joseph Borrino and Chris Hicks specifically) of attempting to steal the spotlight from real stars. “[It’s] the executives who always stand in the way of a creative artist’s dream and aspirations,” he wrote, “You don’t help draw the truth from my deepest and most inner soul, you don’t even do a great job [at] selling it. The #1 problem with DEF JAM is pretty simple and obvious, the executives think they are the stars.”

He went on to call Def Jam a, “rap label that doesn’t understand rap,” saying that his early success with Tommy Mottola and Donnie Einer came from their complete trust in him as an artist, despite what radio stations or magazines said about his music.

Nas’ letter continued by calling the Lost Tapes series a “movement” and a “magical moment” and accused Def Jam of ruining that “karma” by delaying the release of his recently-announced Lost Tapes 2.

“We are giving people exactly what they want. Stop throwing dog [shit on] a magical moment,” wrote Nas. “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.”

Mr. Jones ended his letter by saying the newest Lost Tapes is ready for a near-future release, calling on Def Jam to do their part in helping to make that happen. “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!,” he wrote in closing.

Nas announced on September 15, via Twitter, that “It’s coming… LOST TAPES VOLUME TWO!!!” Since then there hasn’t been any word on a release date or other information.

Stay tuned for the latest updates on this and all future Nas releases.

(via MIR)

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