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Throwback Thursday: Nas – It Was Written

Fourteen years ago (July 2, 1996) Nasir Jones dropped his much hyped and at that time highly scrutinized sophomore album, It Was Written.  Many fans and critics cried foul at the direction of the album.  The lyrics went from gritty street narratives to mafioso/fantasy type rhymes.  In addition, the exclusion of Q-Tip, Large Professor, DJ Premier, and Pete Rock in favor of the Trackmasters (and company) was sacrilegious to many.  It seems whenever Nasir is brought up he elictits a strong response from people.  I have my own thoughts on Nas and this particular album, but want to hear from you all.

Hit the cut for a stream of the album and drop your thoughts on It Was Written.

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