Jay-Z: Along With Akon And Alicia Keys, Shows Support for Nas’ Controversial Album Title “Nigger”..

// November 1st, 2007
Nas And Jay-Z
Jay-Z: Along With Akon And Alicia Keys, Shows Support for Nas’ Controversial Album Title “Nigger”..

Jay-ZNas‘ effort to detoxify the N-word by titling his upcoming album Nigger enjoyed a major boost from a familiar name this week. Def Jam President ShawnJay-Z Carter has joined the likes of Akon and Alicia Keys in expressing support for Nas‘ album. Jay echoed the sentiment of many in the hip-hop community that Nas always has a purpose attached to his ideas, no matter how provocative they might appear.

“He’s not just doing it for the sake of being provocative. Of course we’re going to support his art,” Jay-Z told MTV News. While he predicts that the concept is “coming from a great place,” Jay added that the attention to Nas’ album title is “misguided.”

“People give strength to words, power to words. If your remove ‘Nigger,’ then you have ‘jiggaboo’ and ‘porch monkey,’ the words will keep continuing. How many words you gonna take out? People give the words power. I think we need to direct that energy towards the community.”

Nas And Jay-Z“The first thing you do when you sit with a psychiatrist is they go back to your childhood. It all stems from there. So all these things that’s happening in these neighborhood, the worst schools, drug-infested areas of course people are going to be hostile. So if you fix that, you fix self-esteem, you fix hope, Then they’ll be another thing. But you can’t remove a word and think all the problems don’t exist. Like I said, it’s misguided.”

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