No one on the Internet can cite a clear source to this leaked email, but if its real, then it seems like Nas is a little ticked off about Island Def Jams reaction to the latest installment of his Lost Tapes compilation. (UPDATE: XXL has confirmed that the email was, indeed written by Nas, who never intended for the email to go public, but isn’t upset that it did.)
We reported that The Lost Tapes Vol. 2 was supposed to drop on December 14th, but after reading the rappers angry email to Island Def Jam CEO L.A. Reid and other label brass, it seems like we may be facing the possibility of not seeing an album at all. Nas whose real name is Nasir Jones remains polite throughout the entire email but tells the execs that:
The #1 problem with DEF JAM is pretty simple and obvious, the executives think they are the stars. You arent . not even close. As a matter of fact, you wish you were, but it didnt 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 doesnt understand RAP. Pretty f***ed up situation.
He goes on to explain that he isnt looking to beef with the label, but that all he wants is a little respect, citing the fact that he once teamed up with Tommy Mottola because the ex-Columbia Records head believed in me…and didnt give a f*** what any radio station or magazine said. He then tells Reid & Co. that they aren’t getting another album that doesn’t count against his current deal and closes the email by telling them to keep their $200,000 and “open the real budget” because hes ready to drop the album in the fourth quarter.