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It Was Written


Download links and information about It Was Written by Nas. This album was released in 1996 and it belongs to Hip Hop/R&B, Rap genres. It contains 14 tracks with total duration of 58:29 minutes.

Artist: Nas
Release date: 1996
Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Rap
Tracks: 14
Duration: 58:29
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No. Title Length
1. Album Intro 2:24
2. The Message 3:54
3. Street Dreams 4:39
4. I Gave You Power 3:52
5. Watch Dem N****s 4:04
6. Take It In Blood 4:48
7. Nas Is Coming 5:41
8. Affirmative Action 4:19
9. The Set Up 4:01
10. Black Girl Lost 4:22
11. Suspect 4:12
12. Shootouts 3:46
13. Live N***a Rap 3:45
14. If I Ruled the World (Imagine That) 4:42



Though the beats on It Was Written don’t match the eloquence or innovation of Illmatic, DJ Premier, The Trackmasters, and Dr. Dre all contribute to a musical backdrop that stays lean and sample-based, and largely avoids the pomposity that would mar Nas’ subsequent efforts. If Illmatic is a portrait of ghetto life told from the point-of-view of a preternaturally wise teenager, then It Was Written expands that portrait with mythological detail. Like his contemporaries Jay-Z, Raekwon, and Mobb Deep, Nas used crime films like Scarface as a blueprint to turn his portrait of project crime into something as stylish and forlorn as it is menacing.The lyrical precision and wordplay have become even more striking since Illmatic. In its description of a crooked cop and his trick, “Shootouts” chronicles a lifetime in a matter of lines: “A Irish man short slim with a tan, they say he laced her cheeba / She do be lookin weaker, now her teeth are foul / Speakin loud, peep her style, in and out of every reefer cloud.”