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Nas goes off on Def Jam Executives

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Nas goes off on Def Jam Executives

From: Nas

To: LA Reid, Steve Bartels, Steve Gawley, Michael Seltzer, Joseph Borrino, Chris Hicks

Subject: PUT MY S*** OUT!

Peace to all,

With all do respect to you all, Nas is NOBODYís slave. This is not the 1800′s, respect me and I will respect you.

I wonít even tap dance around in an email, I will get right into it. People connect to the Artist @ the end of the day, they donít 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 artistís dream and aspirations. You donít help draw the truth from my deepest and most inner soul, you donít 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 arenítÖ. not even close. As a matter of fact, you wish you were, but it didnít 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 doesnít understand RAP. Pretty f***** up situation

This isnít 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 ďmy label.Ē 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 reasonÖÖ. they believed in me. The didnít give a f*** about what any radio station or magazine saidÖ.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. Itís smart and after 5 years itís still a head of the game. This feels great and you not feeling what Iím feeling is disturbing. Donít 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 s*** on a MAGICAL moment.

You donít get another Nas recording that doesnít count against my dealÖ.PERIOD! Keep your b******* $200,000.00 fund. Open the REAL budget. This is a New York pioneers ALBUM, there ainít many of us. I am ready to drop in the 4th quarter. You donít even have s*** coming out! Stop being your own worst enemy. Letís get money!

-N.Jones


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