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Nas - It Was Written album mp3
East Coast Rap,Hardcore Rap,Gangsta Rap
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    It Was Written
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    East Coast Rap,Hardcore Rap,Gangsta Rap
  • Date of release:
    July 2, 1996
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  • Recording location:
    Bearsville Studios, NY
  • Size FLAC version
    1867 megabytes
  • Size MP3 version
    1893 megabytes
  • Size WMA version
    1139 megabytes
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It Was Written is the second studio album by American rapper Nas, released July 2, 1996 on Columbia Records in the United States. Following the moderate sales success of his acclaimed debut album, Illmatic (1994), Nas chose to focus his efforts in a more mainstream direction. Primarily produced by Trackmasters, it is a departure for him from the raw, underground tone of his debut album towards a more polished, mainstream sound.

Following his critically acclaimed debut Illmatic, Nas returned with his sophomore album It Was Written. Despite the praise, Illmatic slowly reached platinum status, while Nas watched fellow New Yorker The Notorious . gain bigger success the same year with his debut Ready To Die-a balance of hardcore rhymes and a commercial sound courtesy of Puff Daddy. People may use the sales to support that claim, as It Was Written is Nas' highest selling album to date and it was certified triple platinum after debuting at on the Billboard 200. The album was supported by the singles Street Dreams (original version and remix with R. Kelly) and If I Ruled the World (Imagine That) with Lauryn Hill. It Was Written Q&A. How did this album chart? This album peaked at on Billboard’s US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and the Billboard 200. Does this album have any certifications? Yes!

A new Nas album hits the shelves. The album that I believe is the greatest Hip Hop album ever. It holds a very special place in my heart. Nas was riding the high of a gold selling debut classic with Illmatic, and he would be enjoying the success that came with it. One story about this album that always sticks with me is the report that Nas was struggling with money during 1995 and had to take out a loan to make purchases for the Source Awards (mostly clothes and jewelry from what I have heard). Nas had developed expensive taste and his spending habits became an issue. All in all, It Was Written is not only Nas’ best album, but it’s his most well-rounded album as well. 20 years later, Nas has grown considerably, put out more classics, and shown much more depth and imagery in his lyrics, but this remains the upper echelon standard in his catalog. Salute to Nas and to this album.

It Was Written debuted to astronomical success, selling more than 260,000 records in its first week, beating out many of Nas' peers in the hip-hop genre, most notably his future adversary (turned respected peer) Jay Z, who dropped his debut album, Reasonable Doubt, a week before on June 25. However, Nas' commercial success led to a mix of criticism from hip-hop heads, especially ones who worshipped his holy street text Illmatic. Journalist Kris Ex voiced his slight displeasure with It Was Written in comparison to his famed debut in a Sept.

By the time It Was Written was released Nas was being heralded as the best MC in modern rap music after only one album. Illmatic was Nas�s masterpiece, thoughtful, heartbreaking and powerful as well as raw and scary. It Was Written was a turn in the wrong direction, but the right way in the wrong direction (if this makes any sense). The album is full of classic cuts, but the grime lacing every beat on his first album was gone. The lyrics were there, but some of the emotion was gone


Dave Atkinson - Keyboards, Producer
AZ - Guest Artist, Performer, Primary Artist
S. Barnes - Composer
Samuel Barnes - Composer
Foxy Brown - Guest Artist, Performer, Primary Artist
Danny Clinch - Photography
Cormega - Performer, Primary Artist
Tom Coyne - Mastering
Delight - Keyboards
DJ Kid Capri - Scratching
DJ Premier - Composer, Producer
Dr. Dre - Guest Artist, Producer
Bill Esses - Mixing
The Firm - Featured Artist
Mike Fronda - Mixing
Kirk Goddy - Producer
Joel "JoJo" Hailey - Guest Artist, Vocals (Background)
Havoc - Producer
Lauryn Hill - Guest Artist, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Chris Horne - Composer
Ken "Duro" Ifill - Mixing, Vocals
L.E.S. - Producer
Annie Lennox - Composer
L. Lewis - Composer
L. David Lewis - Composer
Live Squad - Producer
Aimee MacAuley - Art Direction, Design
Inga Marchand - Composer
Chris Martin - Composer
Cory McKay - Composer
Mobb Deep - Guest Artist
James Mtume - Composer
Kejuan Muchita - Composer
Nas - Composer, Executive Producer, Primary Artist, Producer, Vocals
Jean-Claude Olivier - Composer
J. Parker - Vocals
Poke & Tone - Mixing, Producer
Johnnie Pruitt - Composer
Kelston Rice - Engineer
Eddie Sancho - Engineer
Rashad Smith - Producer
Dave Stewart - Composer
Steve Stoute - Executive Producer, Management
Trackmasters - Executive Producer, Producer
Richard Travali - Mixing
K. Walker - Composer
Kurt Walker - Vocals
Andre Young - Composer

Track List

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 Album Intro Nas Nas 2:24
2 The Message S. Barnes / Nas Nas 3:54
3 Street Dreams Samuel Barnes / Annie Lennox / Nas / Dave Stewart Nas 4:39
4 I Gave You Power Chris Martin / Nas / DJ Premier Nas 3:52
5 Watch dem Niggas S. Barnes / Nas Nas 4:04
6 Take It in Blood Chris Horne / Nas / Johnnie Pruitt Nas 4:48
7 Nas Is Coming Nas / Andre Young Nas 5:41
8 Affirmative Action S. Barnes / Inga Marchand / Cory McKay / Nas / Jean-Claude Olivier Nas feat: AZ / Foxy Brown / Cormega 4:19
9 The Set Up Kejuan Muchita / Nas Nas 4:01
10 Black Girl Lost L. David Lewis / L. Lewis / James Mtume / Nas Nas 4:22
11 Suspect L. David Lewis / L. Lewis / Nas Nas 4:12
12 Shootouts S. Barnes / Nas / Jean-Claude Olivier Nas 3:46
13 Live Nigga Rap Kejuan Muchita / Nas Nas 3:45
14 If I Ruled the World (Imagine That) S. Barnes / Nas / Jean-Claude Olivier / K. Walker Nas 4:42

"It Was Written" is the Nas' sophomore album, focused on the "mafioso rap" theme. Nas telling us the life of the ghetto in several facets, even from unusual ways: in "I Gave You Power", he brings out a real masterpiece, telling a story from the perspective of a Desert Eagle, basically giving it to life, on a jazzy funky rhythm.Among the many praiseworthy songs, some deserve a quote. In "The Message", the Queensbridge rapper claims the throne of Biggie as King of NY, closing with "a thug changes / and love changes / and best friends become strangers"; "Nas Is Coming" is a laudable attempt to reconcile the Coasts on a Dr. Dre production; "If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)" is the main single of the record, the most pop song with a chorus sung by Lauryn Hill. Last but not least, "Affirmative Action" feat. AZ, Cormega & Foxy Brown, another istant classic, the first from The Firm, on a beat that seemed stolen from "The Godfather": the four delivering so well that the piece becomes legendary.Also thanks to the amazing production of DJ Premier, Dr. Dre, Havoc, L.E.S. & Trackmasters, "It Was Written" – born to break away from the rest of the hip hop productions and assembled for commercial reasons – runs smoothly and fast between the bars of Nas Escobar and the first flashes of the Firm, shining in its own light.