From 'Illmatic' to 'Life is Good:' A look at Nas' career
By Aaron Williams
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'Untitled' (2008)( Jim Cooper / Associated Press )
Keeping with the controversial album titles, Nas sought to name his ninth studio album after an unprintable epithet for African Americans. Due to the controversy surrounding the album name, it was released as "Untitled," though the album cover showed a picture of Nas with flagellation scars in the shape of the letter N. Though the album sold decently, it had mixed reviews.
"The nearly hour-long 'Untitled' jumps from rote gangsterisms to transparent bids for commercial success and a litany of racial transgressions," The Times said of the record. "More often than not...Nas offers windy whines instead of innovative ideas."