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It Was Written, Nas

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iTunes Price: $9.99

Genre: Hip Hop/Rap

Released: Jul 01, 1996

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Nas
Nas

'90s Hip-Hop
'90s Hip-Hop

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It Was Written – Nas

NameArtistTimePrice
1.
Album IntroNas2:24$0.99
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The MessageNas3:54$0.99
3.
Street DreamsNas4:39$0.99
4.
I Gave You PowerNas3:52$0.99
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Watch Dem N****sNas4:04$0.99
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Take It In BloodNas4:48$0.99
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Nas Is ComingNas5:41$0.99
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Affirmative ActionNas4:19$0.99
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The Set UpNas4:01$0.99
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Black Girl LostNas4:22$0.99
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SuspectNas4:12$0.99
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ShootoutsNas3:46$0.99
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Live N***a RapNas3:45$0.99
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If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)Nas4:42$1.29

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Our Review

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.”

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Customer Reviews

Undeniable Classic (5 stars)
I'm not gonna say that this is up on the level of Illmatic - nothing is - but that doesn't make this album a failure. When this came out, people criticized for being commercial, which is stupid. Yes, this is definitely a commericial effort - but that doesn't make it bad or worthy of criticism. This is what commercial rap SHOULD be - lyricism, creativity, sick beats, and classic hooks - not the Mims, Jibs, and Lil Boosie bullsh*t thats coming

I forgot (5 stars)
I forgot to add on. If this album sounded just like Illmatic (production, lyrics, stories), then would Illmatic ever be considered great? If all of Nas' albums sounded the same as illmatic, which one would be the great one? We would not be respecting Illmatic if Nas' later albums sounded differently huh? Just like to Jay-Z, what if all the albums sounded just like Reasonable Doubt? So there we have it, music progresses and thats how legen

Nasty Nas. (5 stars)
To me, this is Esco's best album. Though the lyrics and wordplay were supreme on Illmatic, It Was Written boasts his creative mind. Check out #11-Suspect and #6-Take It In Blood. "One of the most creative LP's ever to hit stores." ~ Nas

Biography

Born: September 14, 1973 in Long Island, NY
Genre: Hip Hop/Rap
Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Beginning with his classic debut, Illmatic (1994), Nas stood tall for years as one of New York City's leading rap voices, outspokenly expressing a righteous, self-empowered swagger that endeared him to critics and hip-hop purists. Whether proclaiming himself "Nasty Nas" or "Nas Escobar" or "Nastradamus" or "God's Son," the self-appointed King of New York battled numerous adversaries for his position atop the epicenter of East Coast rap, none more challenging than Jay-Z, who vied with Nas for the...

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