Nas' album release date pushed back

Def Jam will release set July 15

NEW YORK -- Nas' new album has shifted on the Def Jam release schedule yet again, this time moving from July 1 to July 15. Last month, the rapper dropped the disc's original title, "N*****," and reclassified the album as an untitled project.

The first official track from the album, "Hero," was produced by Polow Da Don. It finds Nas explaining that he dropped the original controversial title so the album's message could reach his fans.

Green Lantern, DJ Toomp, Mark Ronson, Dead Prez's Stic.Man, Jay Electronica, Stargate and Cool & Dre are among the new album's producers. Green Lantern has also steered a new Nas mixtape, "The N***** Tape."

Nas' most recent album, 2006's "Hip-Hop Is Dead," has sold 758,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
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