Rapper Nas isn't shying away from the controversy surrounding his new album.
The rapper walked the red carpet in a black t-shirt that boldly said "N****r" on it. His wife Kelis and a bevy of woman who were dressed in similar garb accompanied the rapper.The rapper explained his fashion choice to a reporter for CNN.
"Its all the experiences we go through every day, of all ethnicities, Black, White, indifferent. Weve all at some point felt discriminated on, whether its in Dominican Republic, whether its in China, whether its in Iraq with soldiers getting their heads blown off for reasons we dont know why, he reasoned. The meaning of the word is supposed to be ignorant.So no longer are Black people still n****rs, its also me and you, Nas said to the White CNN correspondent. I want people to think about what Im thinking about today.
Nas announced last year that his next opus would be titled N****r, a proclamation that has gotten the rapper a lot of attention. The awareness has ranged from criticism to support.
Nas was Grammy nominated for Best Rap Album for Hip-Hop is Dead, but label mate Kanye West and his Graduation CD took the honor Sunday evening.
Representatives for the rapper were unavailable at press time.
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