Nas Writes Scathing Letter To Def Jam, LA Reid and others - "Put My Sh*t Out!"

From: NasTo: LA Reid, Steve Bartels, Steve Gawley, Michael Seltzer, Joseph Borrino, Chris HicksSubject: PUT MY SH*T 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 situationThis 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


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