If you want to know Nas' take on his multimillion-dollar tax woes, then you'll have to buy his new album. In February, TMZ reported that Queensbridge MC owes more than $6 million in back taxes, and now the Internal Revenue Service plans to garnish wages earned from his music publishing until things are even Steven.
Ever the wordsmith, Nas got creative with his "no comment" comment when he appeared on "RapFix Live" on Wednesday. "My side of the story is on the record and I speak about it on the record," he said of how he plans to address his tax troubles on his upcoming Life Is Good LP.
Speaking of his 10th solo album, God's Son told Sway that the LP's title is evolving. "The record is starting to take on a whole different new thing and it's just bigger than Life Is Good now," he explained. "Yeah, life is good, but there's so much information I think that's important that I get out there that I think the title is becoming bigger."
And if the album's first two singles are any indication, Life is Good is anything but happy-go-lucky. "Nasty," the LP's first single, which the rapper released in 2011, is a sonic throwback to the gritty, New York-style rap of the 1990s. Nas' latest single, "The Don," is also reminiscent of a different era of rap. The Heavy D and Salaam Remi-produced track samples reggae star Super Cat and finds Nas rapping about his days hustling in the street and his hip-hop beginnings.
Nas hasn't announced a release date for Life is Good yet, but it's hard to imagine that he'd have anything nice to say toward Uncle Sam.
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