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 have been handled and, in a letter addressed to executives LA Reid, Steve Bartels, and others, Nas writes in the subject line, “PUT MY SHIT OUT!” and proceeds to go in.

Nas tells the executives that he’s nobody’s slave and this is not the 1800s. “With all due respect to you all, Nas is NOBODY’s slave. This is not the 1800’s, respect me, and I will respect you.”  The 16-year industry veteran tells the executives that people connect with the artist and that they,the executives, 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 look 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 has been released regarding how the letter was leaked.

Following his controversial divorce from 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.

Nas continues the critical conversation regarding record label’s exploitation of artists. We commend Nas for sounding off.

Check out the spirited letter for yourself!

From: Nas
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 NOBODY’s slave. This is not the 1800′s, respect me and I will respect you.

I won’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 don’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 artist’s dream and aspirations. You don’t help draw the truth from my deepest and most inner soul, you don’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 aren’t…. not even close. As a matter of fact, you wish you were, but it didn’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 doesn’t understand RAP. Pretty fucked up situation

This isn’t the 90′s 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 “my label.” 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 reason……. they believed in me. The didn’t give a fuck about what any radio station or magazine said….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. It’s smart and after 5 years it’s still a head of the game. This feels great and you not feeling what I’m feeling is disturbing. Don’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 don’t get another Nas recording that doesn’t count against my deal….PERIOD! Keep your bullshit $200,000.00 fund. Open the REAL budget. This is a New York pioneers ALBUM, there ain’t many of us. I am ready to drop in the 4th quarter. You don’t even have shit coming out! Stop being your own worst enemy. Let’s get money!

-N.Jones

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  • V.Wise

    Outside of Prince, Nas is one of the few artist who’s un-realesed material is far better than the average artists’ hits. Everything he wrote in this letter is confirmed when watching shows like Fantasia’s, where she has to beg label exec’s to release the song she desires to be released. Its sad and twisted that these fake ass label execs have brainwashed themselves to believe that they’re the stars. Marven Gaye went through the same issues with Barry Gordy, who didnt want to release Whats Going On.