Untitled (Def Jam, 2008)
Untitled was American rapper Nas’ ninth studio album. No, he didn’t get lazy when naming the album nor was he out of creative head space. He wanted to call it something not fit to print, but allegedly bowed to pressure from the White House to change it from the racial epithet that he was planning on using. (Use your imagination…the word starts with the letter N…) Untitled was his fifth album to debut at #1 and was certified Gold.
Nas first mentioned the original title on October 2007. (Def Jam provided no comment.) In May 2008 he cheekily bowed to the pressure stating “…the people will always know what the real title of this album is and what to call it.” The cover art shows a shirtless Nas with his back to the camera with flagellation scars forming the letter N.
The singles from Untitled are: Hero, peaking at a dismal #97 and Make the World Go Round which failed to chart.