10 More Rejected Hip-Hop Album Titles

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Published on July 15, 2008 with 30 Comments">30 Comments

Grave Diggaz Niggamortis

Nas ruffled some feathers when he announced that his 9th album would be titled Nigger. After retailers threatened to boycott the CD, he caved to pressure and decided to release it without a title. Turns out Nas isn’t alone in his plight. Here are 10 other rap album titles — some even more provocative than anything Nas could dream of — that never made it to the shelves.

Illegal The Untold Story
1. Illegal – The Untold Story (1993)
>>Original Title: Black Little Bastards

It wasn’t just the thought of your 14-year old going to buy an album dubbed Black Little Bastards, it was the thought of two 14-year old rappers (Jamal Phillips and Malik Edwards) releasing an album dubbed Black Little Bastards. Whether the teen-rap duo had their potential customers in mind or not, one thing was certain: Rowdy Records wasn’t having any of it.

Tragedy Saga of A Hoodlum
2. Tragedy Khadafi (pka Intelligent Hoodlum) – Tragedy: Saga of A Hoodlum (1993)
>>Original Title: Black Rage

Here’s another Queensbridge MC who wanted to convey his frustration with social injustice on his album title. Not only did A&M Records shoot down the idea, they refused to release Saga of A Hoodlum until Tragedy agreed to excise an anti-police song titled “Bullet” from the album. As if that wasn’t enough, they also dropped Tragedy from their roster after that saga.

Lady of Rage Necessary Roughness
3. Lady of Rage – Necessary Roughness (1997)
>>Original Title: Eargasms
Sure, Eargasm‘s suggestive title had something to do with Rage’s first CD being shelved, but there were other points of controversy, including saucy song concepts like “Ride on the Eargasm,” “Late In The Midnight Hour (a song which Rage admitted was about masturbation),” and “Butter Scotch (her take on oral sex).”

Grave Diggaz 6 Feet Deep
4. Gravediggaz – 6 Feet Deep (1994)
>>Original Title: Niggamortis
Here’s pure proof of our long-running obsession with political correctness: While Gravediggaz met a blockade here in the U.S., they successfully released Niggarmortis overseas with the OG title intact.

Licensed to Ill
5. Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill

>>Original Title: Don’t Be A Faggot (1986)
Ahh, the much ballyhooed slur “faggot.” The mighty mighty word that has slayed everyone from Isiaha Washington to Ann Coulter. Though the origin of the word “faggot” dates as far back as 1914, it was still considered a pejorative term in 1986. Can you imagine what the reaction would be if Beastie Boys attempted to name their album Don’t Be A Faggot today?

Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
6. Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…
>>Original Title: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Niggaz

Oh, so you thought the ellipses in the title was there for fancy? Rae was forced to yank the N-Bomb from his semi-solo debut (Ghost was a big part of the success, yo) at the last minute.

Coolio It Takes a Thief
7. Coolio – It Takes A Thief (1994)
>>Original Title: The Last Original Nigga
Coolio’s last great hurray, 95′s Gangsta’s Paradise, was more hard-edged than It Takes A Thief. Still, the powers-that-be couldn’t bear the thought of losing revenue over a silly album title.

Cypress Hill
8. Cypress Hill – Cypress Hill (1991)
>>Original Title: America’s Most Blunted
In hindsight, America’s Most Blunted sounds way more interesting than Self-Titled. So much that MF Doom and Madlib borrowed that same title on Madvillainy.



9. Da Lench Mob – Guerrillas In The Mist (1992)
Original Title: Pin The Tail on The Honky

Ice Cube and his Lench Mob crew released their debut CD, Guerrillas In The Mist, in 1992. The original title, Pin The Tail on The Honky, reflected the black community’s exasperation with racial bias and police brutality during the LA rebellion/Rodney King controversy.


10. Beastie Boys – The Mix-Up (2007)
>>Original Title: Thick Like Beyonce’s Leg

According to Mike D, Beastie Boys flirted with the idea of naming their instrumental-only 7th album Thick Like Beyonce’s Leg. Apparently, someone decided (I’m looking at you, Mr. Carter) it wasn’t such a grand idea. Mike later explained: “Beyonce’s very talented and beautiful and she’s probably stronger than we are…we didn’t want to have any problems with her.”

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  • Mr.IHateRappers

    I like the Beastie Boys album name “Don’t Be a Faggot” it might have helped someone. lol.

  • Mr.IHateRappers

    I like the Beastie Boys album name “Don’t Be a Faggot” it might have helped someone. lol.

  • khal

    “thick like beyonce’s ass” would’ve been better.

    “niggamortis” plays into the whole gravediggaz concept so much more, when you think about it.

    “pin the tail on the honky” is just hilarious.

  • khal

    “thick like beyonce’s ass” would’ve been better.

    “niggamortis” plays into the whole gravediggaz concept so much more, when you think about it.

    “pin the tail on the honky” is just hilarious.

  • http://my.rawkus.com/xn/detail/u_ivanrott Ivan

    How the hell did ODB get away with ‘N*gga Please’?

  • http://my.rawkus.com/xn/detail/u_ivanrott Ivan

    How the hell did ODB get away with ‘N*gga Please’?

  • Timza

    co-sign khal
    ““thick like beyonce’s ass” would’ve been better.

    “niggamortis” plays into the whole gravediggaz concept so much more, when you think about it.

    “pin the tail on the honky” is just hilarious.”

    Yeah and them 14 yr old Little Black Bastards that would have been a classic title considering their age

  • Timza

    co-sign khal
    ““thick like beyonce’s ass” would’ve been better.

    “niggamortis” plays into the whole gravediggaz concept so much more, when you think about it.

    “pin the tail on the honky” is just hilarious.”

    Yeah and them 14 yr old Little Black Bastards that would have been a classic title considering their age

  • Reckless

    lmao… “pin the tail on the honkey”… PURE COMEDY.

    Excellent post, Riz

  • Reckless

    lmao… “pin the tail on the honkey”… PURE COMEDY.

    Excellent post, Riz

  • J to the AAP

    “How the hell did ODB get away with ‘N*gga Please’?”

    ’cause he’s a old dirty bastard! Man, I miss that dude!

  • J to the AAP

    “How the hell did ODB get away with ‘N*gga Please’?”

    ’cause he’s a old dirty bastard! Man, I miss that dude!

  • J to the AAP

    Fun post Riz. I think the fallout for an album titled “Don’t Be A Faggot” would be far worse today. Thick like.. sounds way better than The Mix-Up. And I never knew about Lench Mob’s original title, damn!

    Illegal got off easy compared to KMD btw.

  • J to the AAP

    Fun post Riz. I think the fallout for an album titled “Don’t Be A Faggot” would be far worse today. Thick like.. sounds way better than The Mix-Up. And I never knew about Lench Mob’s original title, damn!

    Illegal got off easy compared to KMD btw.

  • Gr3um5

    lol
    beyonce’s thing !!
    funny title
    but like dat is better cuz
    jayz beef wit’ beastie boys
    loooooooool

  • Gr3um5

    lol
    beyonce’s thing !!
    funny title
    but like dat is better cuz
    jayz beef wit’ beastie boys
    loooooooool

  • http://my.rawkus.com/profile/Rizoh Rizoh

    How the hell did my boy Akinyele get away with Vagina Diner?

  • http://my.rawkus.com/profile/Rizoh Rizoh

    How the hell did my boy Akinyele get away with Vagina Diner?

  • S59

    I got the original Gravediggaz Ni**amortis CD with the OG title on it. Bought it in Israel when it came out.

    p.s: Don’t forget “Bla_k Ba_star_s” and “Efil4Zaggin”

  • S59

    I got the original Gravediggaz Ni**amortis CD with the OG title on it. Bought it in Israel when it came out.

    p.s: Don’t forget “Bla_k Ba_star_s” and “Efil4Zaggin”

  • http://my.rawkus.com/profile/Rizoh Rizoh

    Efil4zaggin wasn’t rejected though.

  • http://my.rawkus.com/profile/Rizoh Rizoh

    Efil4zaggin wasn’t rejected though.

  • S59

    Of course. But NWA probably knew what they were doing, when they reversed that title…

  • Erock Lazron

    That Lady of Rage disc is wicked. Alot of good beats on there, especially the two premier joints.

  • Gill

    I remember the gravediggaz titles, at first i thought they were different albums lol. oh how i miss this blog, time to catch up

  • http://my.rawkus.com/xn/detail/u_jarret JM

    I just went to amazon to see the cover of Vagina Diner. Classic.

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  • H5N1

    5. Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill

    >>Original Title: Don’t Be A Faggot (1986)

    ^^^LOL. I never knew that. Hilarious. Would’ve been a classic title.

  • Doctor Fear

    I know I’m supposed to laugh at this, but everytime I read that the Beastie Boys wanted to called their album ‘Don’t Be a Faggot’ I just laugh and can’t stop for a while.

    Now, Don’t Be a Faggot, people.

  • White boii

    Hey just putting my 2 cents in about Da Lynch Mob. I dont see how your album title can get banned for a perfectly non insulting title. They will buy your Cd’s with the name Da Lynch Mob, but you can pin the tail on the honky. C’mon lets be real.

  • S59

    Of course. But NWA probably knew what they were doing, when they reversed that title…