It Was Written (studio album) by Nas

It Was Written by Nas
Year: 1996
Overall rank: 2,579th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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78/100 (from 212 votes)
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It Was Written is ranked 2nd best out of 19 albums by Nas on

The best album by Nas is Illmatic which is ranked number 66 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 19,822.

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From 07/28/2021 11:54
Best tracks: The Message, If I Ruled the World, Affirmative Action, I Gave You Power, & Take it in Blood

Worst tracks: Nas is Coming, Watch dem N*** & Live N*** Rap
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From 07/28/2021 02:36
Criminally underrated.
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From 07/08/2016 22:43
Can't say this isn't enjoyable. Nice production. Nice rapping. But the cynical switch in subject matter and drop in lyric quality from the debut grates. Straight head nodder though even with the misgivings. Better judgement says I'm wrong but i can't help but enjoy it.
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From 08/27/2015 17:10
When you have to follow-up one of the best albums ever made, you can only hope to do this well. I'd be a contrarian, and a lying one at that, to tell you this is better than Illmatic, but it's a powerful project that demands your attention.
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From 03/04/2012 21:51
If 4 or 5 weak tracks were omitted, we might have an Illmatic pt. 2 here. Still a great album just from the power of the first 8 tracks and the final big single. "I Gave You Power" is some potent writing that never ceases to give the chills. The beat on "The Message" and "Take it in Blood" are also phenomenal and construct the albums eerie atmosphere.
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From 11/24/2009 19:15
The first half is incredible!
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