*Nas will soon have a little more spending cash at his disposal because, according to TMZ, the Queens rapper’s spousal and child support payments to ex-wife Kelis have been reduced by half.

He is now required to pay the ex-wife $20,000 in spousal support and just over $5,000 in child support every month. Nas apparently pleaded to the judge that his money was funny and the unfavorable economy is affecting his ability to make enough to fulfill the original obligation.

And what was the original obligation handed down by the court? Nas was previously ordered in December 2009 to hand over $51,000 for monthly child and spousal payments – a total of over $600,000 a year. The figure was bumped up from a court-mandated amount of $40,000 per month in July 2009 after they announced their split in April of that year.