It Was Written (studio album) by Nas
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It Was Written is ranked 2nd best out of 19 albums by Nas on BestEverAlbums.com.
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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The tracks on this album have an average rating of 82 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).
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This album is rated in the top 3% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 77.6/100, a mean average of 76.2/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 77.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.4.
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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
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.
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.
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.
The first half is incredible!
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