Nobody knows whether or not Nas wrote a letter to the exces at Def Jam. However, The Source caught up with him this past weekend at the NY Heineken Inspire event and asked about the status of Lost Tapes 2. He says, “as of now, thereâ€™s no release date for itâ€”nor his next album.”
I wonder why, maybe it’s because nobody at Def Jam give a fuck about hip hop anymore (I’m talking to you L.A. Reid). Nas truly belongs with Roc Nation or G.O.O.D. Music — Def Jam is in its dying days, much less what Death Row, Tommy Boy, & Rocafella went through.
Here is that letter in full… The interview video with The Source is after.
To: LA Reid, Steve Bartels, Steve Gawley, Michael Seltzer, Joseph Borrino, Chris Hicks
Subject: PUT MY SHIT OUT!
Peace to all,
With all do respect to you all, Nas is NOBODYâ€™s slave. This is not the 1800â€²s, respect me and I will respect you.
I wonâ€™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 donâ€™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 artistâ€™s dream and aspirations. You donâ€™t help draw the truth from my deepest and most inner soul, you donâ€™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 arenâ€™tâ€¦. not even close. As a matter of fact, you wish you were, but it didnâ€™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 doesnâ€™t understand RAP. Pretty fucked up situation
This isnâ€™t the 90â€²s 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 â€œmy label.â€ 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 reasonâ€¦â€¦. they believed in me. The didnâ€™t give a fuck about what any radio station or magazine saidâ€¦.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. Itâ€™s smart and after 5 years itâ€™s still a head of the game. This feels great and you not feeling what Iâ€™m feeling is disturbing. Donâ€™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 stars. WE ARE GIVING THE PEOPLE EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT. Stop throwing dog shit on a MAGICAL moment.
You donâ€™t get another Nas recording that doesnâ€™t count against my dealâ€¦.PERIOD! Keep your bullshit $200,000.00 fund. Open the REAL budget. This is a New York pioneers ALBUM, there ainâ€™t many of us. I am ready to drop in the 4th quarter. You donâ€™t even have shit coming out! Stop being your own worst enemy. Letâ€™s get money!