Rev. Al Sharpton Calls Nas’ Album Title Change a ‘Partial Victory’
Rev. Al Sharpton, who's criticized rappers for their use of the N-word, is extremely pleased with Queensbridge emcee Nas, now that the rap star has decided to change the title of his upcoming album from [insert the N-word] to an untittled project. "I see this as a partial victory," Sharpton said in a recent interview. "The record companies have to consider the downside of using it, businesswise. That would not have happened if we hadn't protested."
Nas has stood behind the controversial album title, but recently decided to drop the title earlier this week. "It's not an attack on white people at all," Nas explained in an November. "It's knowledge; it's understanding for all people. It's not an attack on any race." He adds, "It's about the attacks that have happened to blacks, whites, all ethnicities ... I have a song called 'You a [N-word] Too.'"
The project will hit stores on July 1.