A letter penned by hip-hop king Nas to Def Jam executives is circulating the Web. The 37-year-old rap artist isn't happy with how his albums has been handled and in a letter addressed to executives LA Reid, Steve Bartels and others, Nas titles the subject "PUT MY S**T OUT!" and proceeds to go in.
Nas tells the executives that he's nobody's slave and this is not the 1800′s. "With all due respect to you all, Nas isNOBODY's slave. This is not the 1800′s, respect me, and I will respect you. The 10-year industry veteran tells the executives that people connect with the artist and that they are standing in the way of creative artist's dreams and aspirations.
Mr. Jones says he could have taken to Twitter or New York's HOT 97 to round up 100,000 protestors at the Def Jam building, but he decided not to.
Nas writes in length about his "Lost Tapes" album, which was released in 2002 by Columbia Records. Nas states, "...fans went crazy for it and I single-handedly built a new brand of rap albums."
From the looks of things, it seems Def Jam might be sleeping on Nas because things appear to be a little dim for the long-time hip hop artist. No information released on how the letter was leaked.
Following his controversial divorce with Pop artist Kelis, Nas has stayed out of the media and is generally known for focusing on his work. The rapper partnered with Damien Marley for the album "Distant Relatives" which was released earlier this year. The effort generated considerable press and reviews, and landed at number five on the US Billboard chart.
Click here to read the letter Nas sent to Def Jam