Nas announced earlier this month that he isn't calling his ninth studio album 'Nigger' anymore, but that isn't stopping him from making a racially, socially and politically charged statement. Here's the album cover of the project, which will be untitled when it hits stores on July 2008, and the first single called "Be a Nigger Too", which is a decent track, btw.
Now...I'll concede that good artists create controversial art and I take my hat off to Nas for continuing to push the social envelope. I've gotta admit that Nas kinda copped out here. He changed the title because the public bitched and moaned about the word Nigger, so he said...I'll give you a visual of what you people consider a nigger.
That was laudable, but I would've one-upped him.
If that were my album cover and I were making a similar statement, I would've said...fuck pushing the envelope, I'm gonna rip that bitch to shreds.
My cover would feature a black and white photograph of my dead black carcass being hanged from a noose attached to the branches of a white oak or white willow with a bunch of white people standing at the foot of a whip-wielding white man as he leaves W-shaped lashes on my back.
That's how you make a statement, Nas. If you're gonna do something...DO IT!
Anywho...is this controversy a good thing? Does this type of thing help or hurt racial relations? Should Nas be applauded for his controversy or publicly stoned?