Date: July 2008

When Nas first revealed that he was working on his ninth album, he said he wanted it to be called N****r. But despite initial support from his label, he was eventually forced to change the title. So he took a stand by revealing that if he couldn't have N****r for a title, he didn't want a title at all. "The people will always know what the real title of this album is," he said. The album turned out to be pretty solid, too, and—surprise!—featured plenty of controversial material.