Editors’ Notes It Was Written is loaded with lyrics so intricate, you can envision them scribbled in shabby composition books. The result is an album that plays out like a panoramic shot of both the circa-’90s projects and the mind of a brilliant storyteller. Tales like “The Message” and “Street Dreams” are as rough as they are reflective, but Nas still has a way of casually breezing over beats—whether he’s observing the war zone from inside or, on “If I Ruled the World,” dreaming of a way out.

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Album Intro
1
2:24
 
The Message
2
3:54
 
Street Dreams
3
4:39
 
I Gave You Power
4
3:52
 
Watch Dem N****s
5
4:04
 
Take It In Blood
6
4:48
 
Nas Is Coming
7
5:41
 
Affirmative Action
8
4:19
 
The Set Up
9
4:01
 
Black Girl Lost
10
4:22
 
Suspect
11
4:12
 
Shootouts
12
3:46
 
Live N***a Rap
13
3:45
 
If I Ruled the World (Imagine That) [feat. Lauryn Hill]
14
4:42
 

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