The 40 Defining Moments of Nas' Career

Wearing a Shirt With the N-Word on It to the Grammy Awards

Date: February 2008

A few months after revealing that he wanted to call his ninth album, N****r (but without the asterisks), Nas showed up on the red carpet at the Grammys wearing a black shirt with the N-word spelled out across the front of it. To drive the point home, he also had his then-wife Kelis wear a jacket with the same word written across the back of it. And they weren't shy at all about posing for pictures in their outfits either. If anyone had a hard time believing Nas was fully intending to use the offensive slur (which some rappers claim has been redefined by the hip-hop generation) for his album title, seeing this should have convinced them.

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