What happened?: In late 2007, Nas announced that his ninth studio album would be titled Nigger. Many speculated Def Jam wouldn't release an album with such an explosive title. When asked about it, L.A. Reid told MTV News, "Anything Nas wants to do, I completely stand beside him."—but when pressure grew, Reid went against Nas and forced him to change the title to Untitled. On, "Hero" Nas commented on the title change by spitting, "I'm hog-tied, the corporate side/Blocking y'all from going to stores and buying it/First L.A. and Doug Morris was riding wit it/But Newsweek article startled big wigs/They said, Nas, why is he trying it?" On the album version of the song "L.A." and "Doug Morris" are edited out, of course.
Complex says: However, if you're fortunate enough to have the excellent The Nigger Mixtape, you can hear a version of "Hero" where Morris and Reid's names aren't edited out.