It Was Written is the second studio album by American rapper Nas, released July 2, 1996 on Columbia Records in the United States. Following the moderate sales success of his acclaimed debut album, Illmatic (1994), Nas chose to focus his efforts in a more mainstream direction. Primarily produced by Trackmasters, it is a departure for him from the raw, underground tone of his debut album towards a more polished, mainstream sound. The album features mafioso and gangsta themes, and marks the first appearance of Nas's short-lived supergroup The Firm, which included rappers Foxy Brown, AZ, and Cormega.

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  • It Was Written (englisch für Es steht geschrieben) ist das zweite offizielle Musikalbum des aus Queensbridge stammenden Rappers Nas. Das Album wurde hauptsächlich von Samuel „Tone“ Barnes und Jean-Claude „Poke“ Olivier (Trackmasters) produziert; es sollte das genaue Gegenteil des Vorgängeralbums Illmatic werden. Von Raekwon inspiriert, änderte Nas sein Image zeitgleich vom „Jungen aus den Projects“ zum Mafioso und nennt sich von nun an Nas Escobar (nach dem Kolumbianischen Drogenhändler Pablo Escobar, der lange Zeit ein Drogenkartell anführte). Im Song I Gave You Power wird zum von DJ Premier produzierten Beat mit Piano-Sample eine Geschichte aus der Perspektive einer Schusswaffe erzählt. Das Album beinhaltet außerdem Hits wie If I Ruled The World mit Lauryn Hill von den Fugees, Street Dreams und The Message. Für die Musikvideos der Singles stand ein großzügiges Budget zur Verfügung; sie wurden von Hype Williams gedreht. Auf It Was Written sind ebenfalls Gäste wie z. B. Mobb Deep vertreten, außerdem war es das Debüt der Hip-Hop-Gruppe The Firm mit den Mitgliedern Nas, AZ, Cormega und Foxy Brown. Nach der Veröffentlichung kam It Was Written bei den Fans gut an und wurde bis dato Nas’ in kommerzieller Hinsicht erfolgreichstes Album. Weltweit wurden insgesamt über drei Millionen Exemplare verkauft, und es setzte sich in den amerikanischen Album-Charts vier Wochen lang auf Platz eins fest. Nas’ Popularität stieg immer mehr, und er wurde somit auch bei Mainstream-Musik-Hörern bekannt. Der Rapper Lupe Fiasco aus Chicago erwähnte in einem Interview, dass It Was Written für ihn die größte Inspiration während seiner Jugend war. (de)
  • It Was Written es el segundo álbum de Nas, del año 1996. (es)
  • It Was Written est le second album studio de Nas, sorti le 2 juillet 1996. (fr)
  • It Was Written è il secondo album in studio del rapper statunitense Nas, pubblicato il 2 luglio del 1996 dalla Columbia. Dopo il discreto successo di vendite del suo acclamato esordio Illmatic, Nas sceglie di concentrare i suoi sforzi in una direzione più commerciale. Prodotto principalmente dai Trackmasters, è un punto di partenza per lui dal suono grezzo e underground del suo album di debutto verso un suono più ricercato e commerciale. L'album presenta argomenti tipici del mafioso e del gangsta rap e segna la prima apparizione del supergruppo di Nas "The Firm", che include i rapper Foxy Brown, AZ e Cormega. L'album si è rivelato la pubblicazione di maggior successo commerciale di Nas con oltre due milioni di copie fisiche vendute nei soli Stati Uniti, debuttando al primo posto nella Billboard 200. Ha anche dato il via alla popolarità commerciale dell'artista e ha seguito il successo di altri album mafioso rap come Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... (1995) e Reasonable Doubt (1996). Tuttavia i suoi cambiamenti stilistici e il crescente successo commerciale hanno alimentato le accuse all'interno della comunità hip-hop che Nas si sia venduto alla musica commerciale. (it)
  • It Was Written is het tweede album van de Amerikaanse rapper Nas, uitgebracht op 2 juli 1996, door Columbia Records. (nl)
  • It Was Written – drugi album studyjny amerykańskiego rapera Nasa. Został wydany 2 lipca, 1996 roku nakładem wytwórni Columbia Records. Dnia 6 września, 1996 r. album uzyskał status podwójnej platyny przez RIAA. (pl)
  • It Was Writen (em português: Foi Escrito) é o segundo álbum solo do rapper americano Nas, lançado em 2 de Julho de 1996 pela Columbia Records nos Estados Unidos. Depois do número de vendas moderado do seu aclamado álbum de estreia Illmatic (1994), Nas escolheu focar-se em uma direção mais comercial. Primeiramente produzido pelos Trackmasters, foi uma mudança do tom cru e underground de sua estreia para um som mais polido e comercial. O álbum apresenta temas de gangsta e mafioso, e marca a primeira aparição de seu supergrupo The Firm, que incluía os rappers Foxy Brown, AZ e . O álbum provou-se ser o lançamento de maior sucesso comercial de Nas, estreando no primeiro lugar da Billboard 200 com 268,000 cópias e chegando a vender mais de 3 milhões de cópias mundialmente, com 2,494,000 só nos EUA. Também anunciou a popularidade de Nas, apesar de seu apelo ter sido prejudicado pelo sucesso de outros álbuns de mafioso rap como Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... (1995) e Reasonable Doubt (1996). Porém, suas mudanças de estilo e aumento de sucesso no mainstream promoveram acusações de se vender dentro da comunidade do hip hop. It Was Written também recebeu críticas mistas por não estar em par com Illmatic, servindo como um exemplo de queda do segundo álbum. (pt)
  • It Was Written är rapparen Nas andra studioalbum. Det släpptes 1996. Skivan är mest känd för låtarnas texter. (sv)
  • It Was Written is the second studio album by American rapper Nas, released July 2, 1996 on Columbia Records in the United States. Following the moderate sales success of his acclaimed debut album, Illmatic (1994), Nas chose to focus his efforts in a more mainstream direction. Primarily produced by Trackmasters, it is a departure for him from the raw, underground tone of his debut album towards a more polished, mainstream sound. The album features mafioso and gangsta themes, and marks the first appearance of Nas's short-lived supergroup The Firm, which included rappers Foxy Brown, AZ, and Cormega. The album proved to be Nas’ most commercially successful release, debuting at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart. It also heralded Nas’s mainstream popularity and followed the success of other mafioso rap albums such as Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… (1995) and Reasonable Doubt (1996). However, his stylistic changes and increased mainstream success fostered accusations of selling out within the hip hop community. It remains one of Nas best-selling release, with over two million copies in the United States alone. (en)
  • It Was Written — другий студійний альбом американського репера Nas, випущений 2 липня 1996 року на Columbia Records в США. Альбом виявився найбільш комерційно успішним релізом Nas'а, дебютувавши на першому місці в чарті Billboard 200. (uk)
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  • One of Nas's most acclaimed singles, the track samples Whodini's "Friends" and features utopian lyrical themes. (en)
  • The song is a first-person narrative by Nas from the perspective of a gun and features a jazz fusion sample. (en)
  • The song is an account on the impact of drugs on Nas's neighborhood with an interpolation of the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams " . (en)
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  • It Was Written es el segundo álbum de Nas, del año 1996. (es)
  • It Was Written est le second album studio de Nas, sorti le 2 juillet 1996. (fr)
  • It Was Written is het tweede album van de Amerikaanse rapper Nas, uitgebracht op 2 juli 1996, door Columbia Records. (nl)
  • It Was Written – drugi album studyjny amerykańskiego rapera Nasa. Został wydany 2 lipca, 1996 roku nakładem wytwórni Columbia Records. Dnia 6 września, 1996 r. album uzyskał status podwójnej platyny przez RIAA. (pl)
  • It Was Written är rapparen Nas andra studioalbum. Det släpptes 1996. Skivan är mest känd för låtarnas texter. (sv)
  • It Was Written — другий студійний альбом американського репера Nas, випущений 2 липня 1996 року на Columbia Records в США. Альбом виявився найбільш комерційно успішним релізом Nas'а, дебютувавши на першому місці в чарті Billboard 200. (uk)
  • It Was Written (englisch für Es steht geschrieben) ist das zweite offizielle Musikalbum des aus Queensbridge stammenden Rappers Nas. Das Album wurde hauptsächlich von Samuel „Tone“ Barnes und Jean-Claude „Poke“ Olivier (Trackmasters) produziert; es sollte das genaue Gegenteil des Vorgängeralbums Illmatic werden. Von Raekwon inspiriert, änderte Nas sein Image zeitgleich vom „Jungen aus den Projects“ zum Mafioso und nennt sich von nun an Nas Escobar (nach dem Kolumbianischen Drogenhändler Pablo Escobar, der lange Zeit ein Drogenkartell anführte). (de)
  • It Was Written è il secondo album in studio del rapper statunitense Nas, pubblicato il 2 luglio del 1996 dalla Columbia. Dopo il discreto successo di vendite del suo acclamato esordio Illmatic, Nas sceglie di concentrare i suoi sforzi in una direzione più commerciale. Prodotto principalmente dai Trackmasters, è un punto di partenza per lui dal suono grezzo e underground del suo album di debutto verso un suono più ricercato e commerciale. L'album presenta argomenti tipici del mafioso e del gangsta rap e segna la prima apparizione del supergruppo di Nas "The Firm", che include i rapper Foxy Brown, AZ e Cormega. (it)
  • It Was Written is the second studio album by American rapper Nas, released July 2, 1996 on Columbia Records in the United States. Following the moderate sales success of his acclaimed debut album, Illmatic (1994), Nas chose to focus his efforts in a more mainstream direction. Primarily produced by Trackmasters, it is a departure for him from the raw, underground tone of his debut album towards a more polished, mainstream sound. The album features mafioso and gangsta themes, and marks the first appearance of Nas's short-lived supergroup The Firm, which included rappers Foxy Brown, AZ, and Cormega. (en)
  • It Was Writen (em português: Foi Escrito) é o segundo álbum solo do rapper americano Nas, lançado em 2 de Julho de 1996 pela Columbia Records nos Estados Unidos. Depois do número de vendas moderado do seu aclamado álbum de estreia Illmatic (1994), Nas escolheu focar-se em uma direção mais comercial. Primeiramente produzido pelos Trackmasters, foi uma mudança do tom cru e underground de sua estreia para um som mais polido e comercial. O álbum apresenta temas de gangsta e mafioso, e marca a primeira aparição de seu supergrupo The Firm, que incluía os rappers Foxy Brown, AZ e . (pt)
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