Over the past few weeks, famed director Quentin Tarantino has raised the ire of critics and filmmakers alike over the excessive use of the n-word in his latest picture Django Unchained. However, in a recent interview with MTV, one of Hip Hop’s finest has come to the director’s defense.

The legendary Nas discussed the controversy surrounding the film, saying that the film is truthful to its Southern antebellum setting in the usage of such harsh language. He also said that Tarantino is one of this generation’s greatest filmmakers and deserves the right to express his art anyway he sees fit. 

“A movie about slavery and you don’t hear the n-word? That don’t make any sense,” he said. “I didn’t see what the big fuss was about. It’s a movie, movies by [Tarantino], why should we be surprised if the movie is raw? He’s one of the greatest filmmakers of our generation, and we don’t go there to see anything less than rawness, so if it’s gonna be language or goriness…he’s an artist, and artists have to express themselves and that’s just what he’s doing.”

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Despite the controversy, Django Unchained has been nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Check out the full interview below.

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