By Ray Rahman
Updated January 17, 2013 at 04:52 PM EST
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A lot of people are concerned by the n-wordpalooza in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, by Nas isn’t one of them.

In an interview with MTV, the Life Is Good rapper said that not only did he see and enjoy QT’s latest work, but that he wasn’t fazed at all by the movie’s rampant use of the racial epithet .

“I didn’t see what the big fuss was about,” said Nas. “A movie about slavery and you don’t hear the n-word? Doesn’t make any sense.”

He went on to extol Tarantino’s virtues as a writer-director who doesn’t shy away from the nasty truthiness. “He’s one of the greatest filmmakers of our generation, and we don’t go [to his movies] to see anything less than rawness,” he said. “He’s an artist, and artists have to express themselves.”

And Nas knows a thing or two about artistic expression becoming fodder for controversy: Back in 2007, the veteran rapper made headlines when he titled his ninth album N—–. After much ado, the Def Jam release was ultimately renamed Untitled.

Check out the clip of Nas’ comments to MTV in the video below, and let us know your take on the matter in the comments:

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