Nas has announced July 15 is his untitled LP’s new release date via Def Jam. The disc was previously slated for July 1.

Last month, the rapper dropped the disc’s original title, “N*gger,” and reclassified the album as an untitled project.

This project will be Nas’ ninth album and no doubt his most controversial to-date. The MC announced late last year that he would name the LP, “N*gga,” and discuss the word that helped spark the controversy surrounding former ABC radio host Don Imus’ off-color remarks. The MC’s decision drew ire from African-American activists like Reverend Al Sharpton and, in retaliation, Nas quickly announced a new name, “N*gger.” Then, the MC settled on calling the LP untitled, assuring fans that his message of cultural critique remained.

"It's important to me that this album gets to the fans," the rapper said. "It's been a long time coming. I want my fans to know that creatively and lyrically, they can expect the same content and the same messages."

While numerous tracks from the album including “Black President,” “N.*.G.G.E.R.,” “Be a N*gger Too” and “Fried Chicken” have leaked, Def Jam officially released the Polow Da Don-produced “Hero” as the album’s first single this week. Green Lantern, DJ Toomp, Mark Ronson, Dead Prez’s Stic.Man, Jay Electronica, Stargate and Cool & Dre are also among the album’s producers.

“Hip-Hop Is Dead,” Nas’ 2006 album, has sold 758,000 copies to-date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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