Nas Says Grammy Nod Shows He’s On Right Track

Although rapper Nas received backlash over his racial epithet-titled album before switching it to “Untitled,” he says earning a Grammy nomination for his controversial disc encouraged him to keep speaking his mind.

“It showed that I’m here and my voice is relevant,” he told The Associated Press on Thursday night during an event held by BMI, a performing rights organization. “It shows my work is appreciated.”

Some like the Rev. Jesse Jackson criticized Nas, calling his original title choice, which used the N-word, morally offensive and too degrading. Nas decided to changed the title but the lyrics stayed the same for the gold-selling album, which was released last summer.


PICTURED: NAS attends Sony Pictures Classics’ screening of ‘Tyson’ at the AMC Loews 19th Street on April 20, 2009 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)