It Was Written (album) by Nas

It Was Written
It Was Written by Nas (1996)
Overall rank: 2,954th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
76/100 (from 177 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top albums of 1996 (62nd)
Award Top albums of the 1990s (551st)
Award Best albums of all time (2,954th)
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Nas bestography

It Was Written is ranked 2nd best out of 16 albums by Nas on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Nas is Illmatic which is ranked number 74 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 20,086.

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Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 81 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
76/100 (from 177 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 7% of albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 75.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 76.6/100. The standard deviation for this album is 17.2.

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From Graeme2 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 PsychologistHD 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 tbau1191 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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