Nas Releases Self-Titled Album

The untitled ninth studio album by New York rapper Nas was released by Def Jam and Columbia Records on July 15, 2008 in the United States with earlier dates in some other countries.

Its original title, Nigger, was changed due to controversy surrounding the racial epithet. The album is distinguished for its political content, diverse sources of production and provocative subject matter. It is Nas' fourth album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 album charts. It has been certified Gold in the U.S. by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).