Creative genius or not?

4 03 2008
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With Black history month over, I thought it would be good to get your feedback on Nas’s new album. It was supposed to be released in February, but has been pushed back again.
No doubt Nas is courting controversy, even his creative genius can’t deny that. Even though he is one of the best rappers of all time this new album title has got me thinking. First of all, how come there seemed to be more people/rappers upset when Nas came out with Hip Hop is Dead? People were up in arms. For some reason this Ni99a album title is creating a subtle quiet storm, and it is mostly with people our parents age. Ni99a album vs Hip Hop is Dead which one gets you more offended?
Do you think that Nas’s argument about embracing the word as way of empowerment and self-affirmation is legit? Or do you think that he has paved the way for the Don Imus’s of the world to be out there and say “nappy headed ni99ers” and it is cool cuz hey Nas has that as an album title.
What you think?
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6 03 2008
REEF

i think the title would be suspect if it was anybody other than nas….. nas gets the exception cuz he always has a deeper message behind the things he does…. this will definitely be interesting to see how it plays out tho

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6 03 2008
rec

true…but my question is will the message get lost? I mean there is always a meaning behind the things he does and he is a creative genius but in this case i think that maybe people may not see beyond anything else.
It is an obvious statement and a very powerful word with negative message despite proclimations of how we can use it to self-affirm…i just don’t think that people can see that far, I don’t think that people will take the time to find out the message behind the meaning.
So because it is Nas we should give him a bly? Say some white guy wants to come out with an album called Ni99er as a means to demonstrate support of affirming and empowering black people and ni99ers everywhere what would you say and do then?
I love me some Mr.Nasir Jones but I feel that in these days and times the audience will be empowered enough to get the actual message…

but this is just my opinion…

1 04 2008
Big Homie

Happy Belated Birthday Meen.

Looking foward to the new Nas joint of course. I just need to find a way to ask for it in stores when it comes out.

“Please point me to the section where the N is at”???

15 04 2008
benhameen

Imagine the white boys trying to buy the album: “Hey you got any Niggers left?” “I got my Nigger, where’s your Nigger at? Hell I might get two or three Nigger’s and sell them to my friend’s!”

1 05 2008
gift

His album cover is describing himself with one word “Nigger.”

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