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It Was Written is loaded with lyrics so intricate, you can envision them scribbled in shabby composition books. The result is an album that plays out like a panoramic shot of both the circa-’90s projects and the mind of a brilliant storyteller. Tales like “The Message” and “Street Dreams” are as rough as they are reflective, but Nas still has a way of casually breezing over beats—whether he’s observing the war zone from inside or, on “If I Ruled the World,” dreaming of a way out.

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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 legendary cd's come about. Technology improves music, that's why it sounds more commercialized but nonetheless, Nas is a great lyricsist.....put him on a 60's Elvis Presley beat or Lil' Jon beat, he'd still rock the mic.

Nasty Nas.

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


Albums like this have made me love hip hop music. Despite the negative trend and downhill tumble much of today's hip hop music has taken, I know that if I scroll to 'It Was Written' on my iPod I will get my daily hip hop fix. A real album for all real people who love real hip hop music.


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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