Rapper Nas Rides To Quentin Tarantino's Defence Over 'Django Unchained' N-Word Row

Star was to use same epiphet in album title

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Rapper Nas has defended 'Django Unchained' director Quentin Tarantino over the movie's use of the n- word, saying that he doesn't quite understand what all the fuss is about, and that the 'Pulp Fiction' director should have the right to express himself as an artist.

Speaking to MTV News, 'The World Is Yours' star said: "I didn't see what the big fuss was about," adding: "It's a movie, movies by [Tarantino], why should we be surprised if the movie is raw?"

It shouldn't come as any surprise that the rapper has come out in support of Tarantino, as Nas is no stranger to controversy himself; calling his own album 'N****r', before relenting and naming the album Untitled after outrage from across the political spectrum.

Nas added: "He's one of the greatest filmmakers of our generation, and we don't go there to see anything less than rawness," Nas said before adding, "He's an artist, and artists have to express themselves."

Tarantino himself has been uncompromising in his defence of his film, telling MTV: "I think it's kind of ridiculous, because no one can actually say with a straight face that we use the word more than it was used in 1858 in Mississippi. So since they can't say that, what they're basically [saying] is I should lie," arguing: "I should pretty it up. I should lie, and I don't lie when it comes to my characters and the stories I tell."

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Leonardo DiCaprio in 'Django Unchained' (Photo: WENN/Weintein Co)