That's right. The album title of the century has been changed. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that a representative for Def Jam has confirmed to them that hip-hop artist Nas has made an eleventh-hour decision to change the title of his new album from N*gger to simply Nas [story here].
L.A. Reid, Island Def Jam Music Group chair, publicly denied widespread reports that label execs were uncomfortable with his decision. "We stand firmly behind and beside our artists with pride and with pleasure," Reid told MTV News at the time. "Anything Nas wants to do, I completely stand beside him."
Last week in a MTV News story, Nas suggested he was facing new pressure. "Everybody is trying to stop the title…. Record stores are gonna have a problem in this day and time selling a record with that title. Who knows what's gonna turn out and be on that title? Who knows what that title will be?"
Either way, the album is due in stores on July 1st.