Nas Scolds Def Jam Execs Via E-Mail


Nas is mad at his record label, again. Last night an e-mail God’s Son allegedly crafted to Def Jam executives chastising them for delaying the release of his ‘Lost Tapes: Vol. 2′ album started making the Internet rounds.

A close perusal of Nas’ e-mail, whose recipients include Def Jam CEO L.A. Reid (who was rumored to have been fired a couple of weeks back), reveals a number of examples of record label tomfoolery that has the rapper vexed.

Nas expresses dismay at the Lost Tapes: Vol. 2, originally due in December, not counting toward the number of albums he is contractually committed to record for Def Jam. Nas’ last album, ‘Distant Relatives,’ was a collaborative project with Damien Marley and released jointly with Universal Republic. The majority of the ‘Lost Tapes 2’ material was recorded while Nas was under contract with Columbia, which is possibly a source of the issues Def Jam has with the project.

However, it is puzzling that Def Jam would balk at releasing a music from a “New York pioneer” (as he calls himself in the e-mail), while the little regarded (besides by his #1 fan DJ Khaled, who works for Def Jam) Ace Hood is working on a third album for the label — and he sucks.

Nas began his career recording for Columbia Records who released his debut, ‘Illmatic,’ in 1994 but joined Def Jam in 2006. At the time, his former rival Jay-Z was the the label’s President and coaxed Nas over to the company founded by Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin.

In the e-mail, Nas writes, “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.

Ironically with the corporate e-mail now in the public sphere, so much for this being a private matter. Now fans are up in arms over the fact a new Nas album, even if it is vintage material, is in jeopardy of not being released.

Nas also notes that the $200,000 advance Def Jam offered him for the album was too low a figure and that too many execs at the label are worried about being stars themselves. Considering his recent divorce from Kelis, Nas can use the extra cash. Either way, Nas and Lupe Fiasco have a lot to discuss.
is reporting that sources close to Nas have confirmed the authenticity of the e-mail, though the rapper himself declined to comment. Def Jam has not responded to TheBVX’s inquiries for comment. The full text of the e-mail is below:

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!



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