Hip hop legend Nas is never one to shy away from a controversy, so it comes as no surprise that he’s announced that his next album will simply be called Nigga. The rapper spilled the beans at his NYC concert his past Friday and also revealed that he had wanted to use the title for his previous album, but instead went with Hip Hop is Dead. Why he changed the name is unclear, but one thing is certain: hip hop, and its artists’ ability to challenge cultural standards and stereotypes, is still very much alive. This move comes in the wake of the Don Imus basketball team scandal and Michael Richards‘ racist rant, which spurred a public dialogue about the power of language, varieties of racism, and of course the ubiquity of the infamous ‘N’ word itself (here’s how Ice T feels). New York City even went so far as to pass a symbolic resolution this year banning the word, in an attempt to eliminate the slur.
Whether or not you agree with Nas’ move, he is definitely sustaining the conversation about free speech and racism in America. So we gotta know – what do YOU think about the name of his new album?