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Nas Accused Of Not Paying His Taxes

October 19, 2009

Written By: Victoria H. (Urban Editor)

What is it with rappers being accused of not paying their taxes…first Method Man and now Nas.

Nas had a federal tax lien filed against him last month for not paying his 2006 and 2007 taxes. Nas currently owes $2,584,206.31 to the government.

Nas is involved in a divorce battle Kelis. Kelis said in court documents that Nas makes $244,826 a month. Kelis won a judgment back in July where Nas has to pay $55,000 a month for spousal and child support. It is not known how the tax lien will affect Nas’ ability to make his support payments.

Neither Nas or his reps have commented on the situation.

Kanye West Performs At The Common & Friends Concert

September 28, 2009

Written By: Victoria H. (Urban Editor)

Common held the second annual “Common & Friends” concert at the Hollywood Palladium on September 26th. The show benefits The Common Ground Foundation which is dedicated to empowering and developing America’s urban youth by providing support and education.

Guest performers included Nas, Ludacris, De La Soul, The Roots, Mos Def and Talib Kweli, but the biggest surprise was a performance by Kanye West.

Fans screamed in excitement as Kanye performed “Good Life”, “Flashing Lights”, “Get Em High” (with Common, Mos Def and Talib Kweli) and “Run This Town”.

For more information on The Common Ground Foundation, please visit: http://www.commongroundfoundation.org/home.html

Nas Is A Father

July 27, 2009

Written By: Victoria H. (Urban Editor)

The rapper Nas is a father to a boy named Knight Jones. The mother is Nas’ estranged wife Kelis. Both mother and son are doing fine.

Kelis filed for divorce earlier this year. The pair were married in 2005. Kelis is asking for child support, spousal support and joint custody of their son. So far, the court has grant Kelis $55,000 a month in spousal and child support, plus $35,000 in attorney fees. Nas has a 15 year old daughter from a previous relationship.

Nas – Untitled

June 19, 2009

Label: Island/Def Jam
Rating: 3 Guns

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Written By: White Chicks On Rap
Last year Nas told the press he is recording an album that he plans on calling N***er. That one announcement struck a chord in this country. Rev. Al Sharpton , Jesse Jackson and the NAACP protested this title, while others (including his own record label –Def Jam) believed that Nas has a right to called his album whatever he wants.
There are some rumors that political pressure on Def Jam forced them to remove the album’s original title. Even with the original title removed, the cover art shows the scars of whipping on Nas’ back.

“You Can’t Stop Us Now” is journey through the history of black America.

“Sly Fox” talks about the racist double standard portrayed on Fox News. Nas and others protested in front of the Fox News headquarters and tried to present signatures of thousands of people who believe Fox is racists in their coverage of news and politics. Fox refused to accept the petitions, but the Colbert Report did and Nas performed this song on air.

The conversation of racial hypocrisy continues on the track “America”.

Nas even gives his endorsement of Barack Obama on the track “Black President”, by saying Obama is the “new, improved JFK” and that he’s “thinking I can trust this brother.”

The album features several guests including Busta Rhymes, Chris Brown, Keri Hilson and my editor’s favorite rapper The Game. For my editor, go to track 4 (“Make The World Go Round”).

Rap has always been a way of life to Nas. Nas studied rap; he knows the history and talks about real shit. My editor asked me the other day why I have not reviewed any rap albums lately. I said because there hasn’t been anything worth reviewing. To me, rap is more than a stupid dance on YouTube or the same recycled beat where some girl is shaking her ass.