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We are off to play Galway tomorrow. We are very excited. Details of the show can be found here.

Narstie and Little Man were round yesterday doing music and smoking really big zoots. Littles zoned out for a bit and melted into one of my shitty blue half-sofas (what does one call such a thing in the singular?), and was followed by Narstie a little later, who got super boxed and freaked out by one of my tigers (the one that's still got it's head on). Check it.

Aside from getting really boxed, we made some fine music, including the jump-off joint for ATD15. It's better you've had to wait longer for that that than you might have. We've got brand new, Don Studios recorded contributions from the aforementioned Brixton caners, along with Bashy, Black Piranhas, Why Lout?, and Lethal Bizzle. Maybe some other cats might get on if we can get the scheduling right - release has gone back two weeks, because I am going to IRELAND for a WEEK and plan to actually CHILL a little bit rather than BUST MY ASS, although it is good for a man to BUST HIS ASS, just not all day every day. [II]

Oh, that picture up there is from this time me and my fine lady and my little brother went to a party and I got pissed in the house before we left making a song with Jeres, so by the time I got on the tube I was wasteman wasted and babbling angrily. Speaking of which, I just got some footage of the Jam Making Only Day Of Summer I mentioned a little while back, that I am scared to put out there for fear of fucking up the space time continum, but we shall SEE...

OK. To the Nas News. From PlayLouder: Fox "News" is full of shit, Jesse Jackson is a hater, and Nas isn't calling his new album Nigga. He's calling it Nigger. Word to Richard Pryor.

Following their awesomely Bras Eyeian NAS MURDER OUTRAGE piece the other day, Foxnews.com released a statement claiming to be from a "source" inside Nas' label, Def Jam, claiming they were in no way going to release an album called Nigga, and Nas didn't have an album coming out anyway, apart from his Greatest Hits.

Adding to the attack, ambulance chasing puppet-of-the-white-devils Jesse Jackson whined, "I wish he would use his talents to lift up and inspire, not degrade."

"It's now called Nigger," said Nas, speaking to MTV, "and it is set to hit stores December 11... I don't know where that [report] came from and neither does Def Jam. None of us knows where that came from."

Ur, the ever active and supremacist Fox "news" imagination, mayhap?

"I'm a street disciple," said Nas. "I'm talking to the streets. Stay out of our business. You ain't got no business worrying about what the word ‘nigger' is or acting like you know what my album is about without talking to me. Whether you in the NAACP or you Jesse Jackson. I respect all of them. I just want them to know: Never fall victim to Fox. Never victim to shit they do. What they do is try to hurry up and get you on the phone and try to get you to talk about something you might not know about yet."

"If Cornell West was making an album called ‘Nigger', they would know he's got something intellectual to say," Nas continued. "To think I'm gonna say something that's not intellectual is calling me a nigger, and to be called a nigger by Jesse Jackson and the NAACP is counterproductive, counter-revolutionary."

"I wanna make the word easy on muthafuckas ears. You see how white boys ain't mad at 'cracker' 'cause it don't have the same [sting] as 'nigger'? I want 'nigger' to have less meaning than 'cracker.' With all the bullshit that's going on in the world, racism is at its peak. I wanna do the shit that's not being done. I wanna be the artist who ain't out. I wanna make the music I wanna hear ... We're taking power from the word."

What power there is to be taken won't be helped much by TPTB - the album with have minimal marketing, not that Nas minds - he says he just wants the music out there.

"You can't wait till everybody is ready. I used to wait. Now I have that shit in me ... where it is, what it is, buy it or don't but it, it's cool. Whoever likes it, cool. Whoever don't like it, cool ... but it's gotta come out now. This ‘Nigger' album is bigger than an album. This is for my daughter, when she looks back and sees all the chump niggas in the game, she'll say, ‘My pops was a man.' When I have more kids, they'll see, "He was a man.' That will inspire them to be real in their life. Some people say I'm conscious, some say I'm a gangsta rapper ... it's just me doing me. I'm stomping in my own lane. I'm doing what I do."

Nigger will be out a week before Weezy's LP, on December 11th. Production comes from Salaam Remi, Jermaine Dupri, Diddy, and DJ Toomp.