Nas to publish autobiography in 2012!!! Your Thoughts and Views....

Sun, Jul 29, 2012 at 4:37 PM By: DJ Wax Kitten

Nas has signed a book deal, agreeing to publish his memoirs next year. A decade after he changed his mind about calling one of his albums I Am … The Autobiography, the rapper will write an actual autobiography called It Ain't Hard to Tell, in collaboration with music journalist Touré.

"This is hip-hop history," Touré wrote on Twitter on Monday. "I've been talking to Nas about writing his autobiography for 15 years … We'll tell his life and deconstruct some songs." While Touré defended his right to "co-author" another person's autobiography, he also clarified that the book will tell Nas's whole story, not just his heyday. "A memoir is about a certain period in your life. An autobiography is about your whole life."

The obvious model for Nas's book is Decoded, a 2010 memoir by Jay-Z. But there are other hip-hop precedents, including a 2007 book by Chuck D and a 2008 memoir by Grandmaster Flash. This week, Nas's former collaborator Common will publish his own 320-page memoir, One Day It'll All Make Sense.

According to Rap Radar, Nas's autobiography will explore his feuds with fellow rapper Jay-Z and US TV host Bill O'Reilly, as well as his mother's battle with cancer, his four-year marriage to Kelis, and his relationship with Carmen Bryan, the mother of Nas's first child, who published a tell-all book in 2006.

It Ain't Hard to Tell will be released by the Simon & Schuster imprint Atria Books in autumn 2012.

Nas to publish autobiography in 2012

It Ain't Hard to Tell will explore rapper's feuds with Jay-Z and Bill O'Reilly, and his four-year marriage to Kelis

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  1. AnnaMenace avatar

    On Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 2:24 AM, AnnaMenace said:

    Wow! When you write, you expose yourself and I think that takes a great deal of courage. You are already so open and honest in your expression I am eager to read how free you flow without the constraints of music. Not that you flow bound to the beet. (You are actually more jazzy with your voice piece, almost "In the pocket" if you will). I think you will experience more freedom completing whole chapters as apposed to compacting an entire idea into a song. Good for you! Even better for us! I can hardly wait.

  2. D2theJ avatar

    On Mon, Aug 13, 2012 at 7:37 AM, D2theJ said:

    Born to use mics was dope so I can't even imagine how good this will be!!!

  3. DJ Wax Kitten avatar

    On Tue, Aug 7, 2012 at 2:28 PM, DJ Wax Kitten said:

    Yes I m excited for a good read!!

  4. Ianous avatar

    On Sat, Aug 4, 2012 at 4:02 PM, Ianous said:

    I will definitely read this. Everyone should also check out Born To Use Mics if they already haven't.

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