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It Was Written

Label: Columbia ‎– C 67015

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album 

Country: US

Genre: Hip Hop

Style: Thug RapBoom Bap

Year: 1996

Grading: EX /EX LP

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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. The album features mafioso and gangsta themes, and marks the first appearance of Nas's short-lived supergroup The Firm, which included rappers Foxy Brown, AZ, and Cormega.

The album proved to be Nas’s most commercially successful release, debuting at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart. It also heralded Nas’s mainstream popularity and followed the success of other mafioso rap albums such as Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…(1995) and Reasonable Doubt (1996). However, his stylistic changes and increased mainstream success fostered accusations ofselling out within the hip hop community. It has been viewed by music writers as one of Nas's best records and remains Nas' best-selling release, with over 4 million copies in the United States alone.

Tracklist

A1 Album Intro
Producer – Nas, TrackmastersWritten-By – N. Jones*
2:28
A2 The Message
Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Rich TravaliMixed By – Poke And ToneProducer – Poke And ToneScratches – D.J. Kid Capri*Written By – N. Jones/S. BarnesWritten-By – N. Jones*, S. Barnes*
4:10
A3 Street Dreams
Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Rich TravaliKeyboards – Delight (6)Mixed By – Poke And ToneProducer – Poke And ToneWritten By – A. Lennox/D. Stewart/N. Jones/S. BarnesWritten-By – A. Lennox*, D. Stewart*, N. Jones*, S. Barnes*
4:41
A4 I Gave You Power
Engineer – Eddie SanchoProducer – DJ PremierWritten By – N. Jones/C. MartinWritten-By – C. Martin*, N. Jones*
3:56
A5 Watch Dem Niggas
Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Rich TravaliKeyboards – Delight (6)Mixed By – Poke And ToneProducer – Poke And ToneWritten By – N. Jones/S. BarnesWritten-By – N. Jones*, S. Barnes*
4:06
A6 Take It In Blood
Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Rich TravaliMixed By – Poke And ToneProducer – Live Squad, Lo Ground, Top General SoundsWritten By – N. Jones/R. Walker/J.T. Epps, Jr./J. Pruitt/W. Childs/C. HorneWritten-By – C. Horne*, J.T. Epps, Jr.*, J. Pruitt*, N. Jones*, R. Walker*, W. Childs*
4:49
A7 The Set Up
Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Mike FrondaKeyboards – Delight (6)Producer – Havoc Of Mobb Deep*Rap [Uncredited] – Havoc (3)Written By – N. Jones/K. MuchitaWritten-By – K. Muchita*, N. Jones*
4:26
B1 Black Girl Lost
Backing Vocals [Featured Background Vocals By] – Jojo Hailey Of Jodeci*Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Bill Esses, Rich TravaliMixed By – Poke And ToneProducer – L.E.S.Producer [Additional Production] – Poke And ToneWritten By – N. Jones/L. Lewis/Mtume/LucasWritten-By – Mtume*, L. Lewis*, N. Jones*, Lucas*
4:32
B2 Suspect
Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Rich TravaliMixed By – Poke And ToneProducer – L.E.S.Written By – N. Jones/L. LewisWritten-By – L. Lewis*, N. Jones*
4:16
B3 Shootouts
Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Rich TravaliMixed By – Poke And ToneProducer – Kirk Goddy, Poke And ToneWritten By – N. Jones/S. Barnes/J. OlivierWritten-By – J. Olivier*, N. Jones*, S. Barnes*
3:46
B4 Nas Is Coming
Engineer – Kelston RiceProducer – Dr. DreWritten By – N. Jones/A. YoungWritten-By – A. Young*, N. Jones*
5:40
B5 Affirmative Action
Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Rich TravaliFeaturing – AZ, Cormega, The Firm (6), Foxy Brown, NasKeyboards – Dave AtkinsonMixed By – Poke And ToneProducer – Dave Atkinson, Poke And ToneWritten By – N. Jones/A. Cruz/I. Marchand/C. McKay/S. Barnes/J. OlivierWritten-By – A. Cruz*, C. McKay*, I. Marchand*, J. Olivier*, N. Jones*, S. Barnes*
4:20
B6 Live Nigga Rap
Mixed By – Ken "Duro" Ifle*Producer – Havoc Of Mobb Deep*Rap – Havoc (3), ProdigyWritten By – N. Jones/K. MuchitaWritten-By – K. Muchita*, N. Jones*Written-By [Uncredited] – A. Johnson*
3:46
B7 If I Ruled The World (Imagine That)
Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Rich TravaliKeyboards – Delight (6)Mixed By – Poke And ToneProducer – Poke And ToneProducer [Additional Production] – Rashad SmithVocals [Featured Vocals] – Lauryn HillWritten By – N. Jones/J. Olivier/S. Barnes/K. WalkerWritten-By – J. Olivier*, K. Walker*, N. Jones*, S. Barnes*
4:44

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