It Was Written

It Was Written

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by Nas
     
 

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For his second album, It Was Written, Nas hired a bunch of hip-hop's biggest producers -- including Dr. Dre, DJ Premier, Stretch, and Trackmasters -- to help him create the musical bed for his daring, groundbreaking rhymes. AlthoughSee more details below

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For his second album, It Was Written, Nas hired a bunch of hip-hop's biggest producers -- including Dr. Dre, DJ Premier, Stretch, and Trackmasters -- to help him create the musical bed for his daring, groundbreaking rhymes. Although that rhyme style isn't as startling on It Was Written as it was on his debut, Illmatic, Nas has deepened his talents, creating a complex series of rhymes that not only flow, but manage to tell coherent stories as well. Furthermore, Nas often concentrates on creating vignettes about life in the ghetto that never are apolitical or ambivalent. This time around, the production is more detailed and elaborate, which gives the music a wider appeal. Sometimes this is a detriment -- Nas sounds better when he tries to keep it street-level -- but usually, his lyrical force cuts through the commercial sheen. Combined with the spare but deep grooves, his rhymes have a resonance unmatched by most of his mid-'90s contemporaries. Because, no matter how deep his lyrics are, his grooves are just as deep and those bottomless funk and spare beats are what make It Was Written so compulsively listenable.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/02/1996
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646701522
catalogNumber:
67015

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nas   Primary Artist,Vocals
AZ   Track Performer
Foxy Brown   Track Performer
Ken "Duro" Ifill   Vocals
Kurt Walker   Vocals
Joel "JoJo" Hailey   Background Vocals
Dave Atkinson   Keyboards
Lauryn Hill   Vocals,Background Vocals
DJ Kid Capri   scratching
Cormega   Track Performer
J. Parker   Vocals
Delight   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Dr. Dre   Producer
Live Squad   Producer
Nas   Producer,Executive Producer
S. Barnes   Composer
DJ Premier   Composer,Producer
Eddie Sancho   Engineer
Tom Coyne   Mastering
Havoc   Producer
Aimee MacAuley   Art Direction
Dave Atkinson   Producer
Rashad Smith   Producer
L.E.S.   Producer
Poke & Tone   Producer
Kirk Goddy   Producer
Steve Stoute   Executive Producer,Management
Trackmasters   Producer,Executive Producer
Andre Young   Composer
Kelston Rice   Engineer
Jean Claude "Poke" Olivier   Composer
L. Lewis   Composer

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