It Was Written - National Album Day 2023 Edition

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Record Label
Columbia Records

About this item

It Was Written is the second studio album by American rapper Nas, originally released on July 2, 1996, by Columbia Records. After the modest commercial success of his debut album Illmatic (1994), Nas pursued a more polished, mainstream sound for It Was Written. Produced largely by Trackmasters, it departed from the debut's raw, underground aesthetic and embraced mafioso and gangsta themes. The recording also marked the first appearance of Nas's short-lived supergroup The Firm, featuring the rappers Foxy Brown, AZ, and Cormega.


Side A
1. Album Intro
2. The Message
3. Street Dreams
4. I Gave You Power
Side B
1. Watch Dem Niggas
2. Take It In Blood
3. The Set Up
Side C
1. Black Girl Lost
2. Suspect
3. Shootouts
4. Nas Is Coming
Side D
1. Affirmative Action
2. Live Nigga Rap
3. If I Ruled The World (Imagine That)
4. Silent Murder

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