Nas To Blame? Universal May Lose Out On $84M
Behemoth record label Universal Music Group must change the name of rapper Nasâ€™s new album, â€œNigger,â€ or risk losing $84 million in state investments, a Fort Greene assemblyman said this week.
â€œ[They are] profiting from a racial slur that has been used to dehumanize people of color for centuries,â€ said Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (Dâ€“Fort Greene), a former entertainment industry big-wig.
â€œIt is time for Nas and other hip-hop artists to clean up their act and stop flooding the airwaves with the N-word.â€
Jeffries called on Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli to withdraw the $84 million that the state pension fund has invested in Universal and its parent company, Vivendi.