In the face of mounting controversy, Nas has changed the name of his...

In the face of mounting controversy, Nas has changed the name of his next album from "N*gga" to "N*gger." The rapper says the project will be released Dec. 11 via Def Jam, although that date could not be confirmed with the label at deadline.

"You ain't got no business worrying about what the word 'n*gger' is or acting like you know what my album is about without talking to me," Nas tells MTV.com about the negative response to the album title from public figures such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

Earlier this week, FoxNews.com quoted a "source close to" Def Jam chairman Antonio L.A. Reid as saying the album was not on the label's release schedule. "None of us knows where that came from," Nas said.

The new album will be the follow-up to last year's "Hip-Hop Is Dead," Nas' Def Jam debut. The set has sold 743,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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