Nas ‎– It Was Written

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Columbia ‎– C 67015
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A1 Album Intro
Producer – Nas, TrackmastersWritten-By – N. Jones*
2:28
A2 The Message
Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Rich TravaliProducer, Mixed By – Poke And ToneScratches – D.J. Kid Capri*Written By – N. Jones/S. BarnesWritten-By – N. Jones*, S. Barnes*Written-By [Uncredited] – Dominic Miller, Sting
4:10
A3 Street Dreams
Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Rich TravaliKeyboards – Delight (6)Performer ["Sweet Dreams" Performed By] – The Eurythmics*Performer [Portion Of "Never Gonna Stop" Performed By] – Linda CliffordProducer, Mixed By – Poke And ToneWritten By – A. Lennox/D. Stewart/N. Jones/S. BarnesWritten-By – A. Lennox*, D. Stewart*, N. Jones*, S. Barnes*Written-By ["Sweet Dreams" Written By] – A. Lennox*, D. Stewart*
4:41
A4 I Gave You Power
Engineer – Eddie SanchoProducer – DJ PremierWritten By – N. Jones/C. MartinWritten-By – C. Martin*, N. Jones*
3:56
A5 Watch Dem Niggas
Chorus [Uncredited] – Foxy BrownEngineer [Mix Engineer] – Rich TravaliKeyboards – Delight (6)Performer [Portion Of "Sponge" Performed By] – Earl KlughProducer, Mixed By – Poke And ToneWritten By – N. Jones/S. BarnesWritten-By – N. Jones*, S. Barnes*Written-By [Portion Of "Sponge" Written By] – Bob James, Earl Klugh
4:06
A6 Take It In Blood
Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Rich TravaliMixed By – Poke And TonePerformer [Sample Of "Mixed Up Moods & Attitudes" Performed By] – The Fantastic Four*Producer – Live Squad, Lo Ground, Top General SoundsWritten By – N. Jones/R. Walker/J.T. Epps, Jr./J. Pruitt/W. Childs/C. HorneWritten-By – C. Horne*, J.T. Epps, Jr.*, J. Pruitt*, N. Jones*, R. Walker*, W. Childs*
4:49
A7 The Set Up
Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Mike FrondaKeyboards – Delight (6)Producer – Havoc (3)Written By – N. Jones/K. MuchitaWritten-By – K. Muchita*, N. Jones*
4:26
B1 Black Girl Lost
Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Bill Esses, Rich TravaliFeaturing, Backing Vocals [Background] – Jojo Hailey*Performer [Sample Of "Starlight" Performed By] – Stephanie MillsProducer – L.E.S.Producer [Additional Production], Mixed By – Poke And ToneWritten By – N. Jones/L. Lewis/Mtume/LucasWritten-By – Mtume*, L. Lewis*, N. Jones*, Lucas*
4:32
B2 Suspect
Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Rich TravaliMixed By – Poke And TonePerformer [Portion Of "El Gatto Triste" Performed By] – Chuck MangioneProducer – L.E.S.Written By – N. Jones/L. LewisWritten-By – L. Lewis*, N. Jones*Written-By [Portion Of "El Gatto Triste" Written By] – Chuck Mangione
4:16
B3 Shootouts
Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Rich TravaliMixed By – Poke And ToneProducer – Kirk Goddy, Poke And ToneWritten By – N. Jones/S. Barnes/J. OlivierWritten-By – J. Olivier*, N. Jones*, S. Barnes*
3:46
B4 Nas Is Coming
Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Kelston RiceProducer – Dr. DreWritten By – N. Jones/A. YoungWritten-By – A. Young*, N. Jones*
5:40
B5 Affirmative Action
Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Rich TravaliFeaturing – The Firm (6)Featuring [The Firm] – AZ, Cormega, Foxy Brown, NasKeyboards – Dave AtkinsonMixed By – Poke And ToneProducer – Dave Atkinson, Poke And ToneWritten By – N. Jones/A. Cruz/I. Marchand/C. McKay/S. Barnes/J. OlivierWritten-By – A. Cruz*, C. McKay*, I. Marchand*, J. Olivier*, N. Jones*, S. Barnes*
4:20
B6 Live Nigga Rap
Mixed By – Ken "Duro" Ifle*Producer – Havoc (3)Rap [Verse] – Havoc (3), ProdigyWritten By – N. Jones/K. MuchitaWritten-By – K. Muchita*, N. Jones*
3:46
B7 If I Ruled The World (Imagine That)
Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Rich TravaliKeyboards – Delight (6)Performer ["If I Ruled The World" Performed By] – Kurtis BlowProducer [Additional Production] – Rashad SmithProducer, Mixed By – Poke And ToneVocals [Featured Vocals By] – Lauryn HillWritten By – N. Jones/J. Olivier/S. Barnes/K. WalkerWritten-By – J. Olivier*, K. Walker*, N. Jones*, S. Barnes*Written-By ["If I Ruled The World" Written By] – Kurt Walker*Written-By [Portions Of "Friends (Instrumental)" Written By] – L. Parker*
4:44

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Notes

On tracks A7 and B6, "Havoc" is credited as "Havoc Of Mobb Deep".
On track B1 "Jojo Hailey" is credited as "Jojo Hailey Of Jodeci".

On inner-sleeve:
album intro [...] © 1996 zomba enterprises inc./ill will music, inc. (administered by zomba music enterprises inc.) (ascap) [...]

the message [...] produced [...] for trackmasters entertainment [....] mixed [...] for trackmasters entertainment [...] © 1996 zomba enterprises inc./ill will music, inc. (administered by zomba enterprises inc.) (ascap)/slamuwell productions, inc. (acsap) [...]

street dreams [...] produced [...] for trackmasters entertainment [...] keyboards by [...] for 2000 watts music. recorded at soundtrack studios, nyc. mixed at hit factory studios, nyc [...] for trackmasters entertainment [...] this song is an interpolation of "sweet dreams" [...] used courtesy of rca records and d'n'a limited/music publishing limited (prs). administered in the u.s. by bmg songs, inc. (ascap). this song also contains a portion of "never gonna stop" [...] used courtesy of bmg songs, inc. (ascap) © 1982 d'n'a limited/bmg music publishing limited (prs)/administered in the u.s. by bmg songs, inc. (ascap). © 1996 zomba enterprises inc./ill will music, inc. (administered by zomba enterprises inc.)/slamuwell productions, inc. (ascap) [...]

i gave you power [...] produced [...] for works of mart, inc. recorded and mixed [...] at d&d studios, nyc [...] © 1996 zomba enterprises inc./ill will music, inc. (administered by zomba enterprises inc.)/dj premier publishing/gifted pearl (ascap) [...]

watch dem niggas [...] produced [...] for trackmasters entertainment. keyboards by [...] for 2000 watts music. recorded at bearsville studios, ny. mixed at hit factory studios, nyc [...] for trackmasters entertainment [...] this song contains a portion of "sponge" [...] used courtesy of warner special products and soda fountain music. © 1996 zomba enterprises inc./ill will music, inc. (administered by zomba enterprises inc.)/slamuwell productions (ascap) [...]

take it in blood [...] recorded at soundtrack studios, nyc. mixed at hit factory studios, nyc [...] for trackmasters entertainment [...] this song contains a sample of "mixed up moods & attitudes" [...] © 1996 zomba enterprises inc./ill will music, inc. (administered by zomba enterprises inc.) (ascap)/grand imperial music/bridgeport music, inc. (bmi) [...]

the set up [...] recorded and mixed at hit factory studios, nyc [...] © 1996 zomba enterprises inc./ill will music, inc. (administered by zomba enterprises inc.) (ascap)/juvenile hall music (bmi) (administered by bmg -carreers music inc.) [...]

black girl lost [...] produced [...] for total package productions, inc. additional production [...] for trackmasters entertainment [...] recorded at sony music studios, and soundtrack studios, nyc. mixed at hit factory studios, nyc [...] for trackmasters entertainment [...] jojo hailey appears courtesy of mca records. this song contains a sample of "starlight" [...] used courtesy of polygram records and famous music, inc. © 1996 zomba enterprises inc./ill will music, inc./mawkeen's music, inc. (administered by zomba enterprises inc.)/famous music corp. (ascap) [...]

suspect [...] produced [...] for total package productions, inc. recorded at chung king studios, nyc. mixed at hit factory studios, nyc [...] for trackmasters entertainment [...] this song contains a portion of "el gatto triste" [...] courtesy of mercury records and upam music. © 1996 zomba enterprises inc./ill will music, inc./mawkeen's music, inc. (administered by zomba enterprises inc.) (ascap) [...]

shootouts [...] produced [...] for trackmasters entertainment. recorded at chung king studios, nyc. mixed at hit factory studios, nyc [...] for trackmasters entertainment [...] © 1996 zomba enterprises inc./ill will music, inc. (administered by zomba enterprises inc.) /slamuwell productions, inc. (ascap)/12 & under music, inc. (bmi) [...]

nas is coming [...] recorded and mixed at dre's house, la [...] © 1996 zomba enterprises inc./ill will music, inc. (administered by zomba enterprises inc.) (ascap)/ain't nothin' goin on but fu-kin music, inc. [...]

affirmative actions [...] produced [...] for trackmasters entertainment. keyboards [...] for trackmasters entertainment. mixed by [...] for trackmasters entertainment. recorded and mixed [...] at hit factory studios, nyc [...] © 1996 zomba enterprises inc./ill will music, inc. (administered by zomba enterprises inc.)/slamuwell productions, inc./life's a bitch music (ascap)/12 & under music, inc. (bmi)/a. cruz/i. marchand/c. mckay [...]

live nigga rap [...] recorded at chung king studios, nyc. mixed at hit factory studios, nyc [...] © 1996 zomba enterprises inc./ill will music, inc. (administered by zomba enterprises inc.) (ascap)juvenile hall music (bmi) (administered by bmg -careers music inc.) [...]

if i ruled the world (imagine that) [...] produced [...] for trackmasters entertainment. additional production [...] for tumbling dice productions, inc. keyboards [...] for 2000 watts music. recorded at hit factory studios, nyc & westlake studios, la. mixed at hit factory studios, nyc [...] for trackmasters entertainment [...] featured vocals [...] courtesy of ruffhouse/columbia records. contains portions of "friends (instrumental)" [....] courtesy of zomba enterprises, inc./funk groove music, inc.(administered by zomba enterprises, inc.) (ascap) under license from jive records. "if i ruled the world" [...] courtesy of kuwa music (ascap) [...] © 1996 zomba enterprises inc./ill will music, inc. (administered by zomba enterpises inc.) (ascap)/12 & under music, inc. (bmi)/slamuwell productions, inc./kuwa music (ascap) [...]

© 1996 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

On back cover:
© 1996 sony music entertainment inc./℗ 1996 sony music entertainment inc. [...]

On labels:
℗ 1996 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 7464-67015-1 5
  • Barcode (Compact text): 074646701515
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): AL 67015
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B): BL 67015
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout variant #1 side A, etched): AL-67015
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout variant #1 side B, etched): BL-67015
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout variant #2 side A, etched): AL-67015 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout variant #2 side B, etched): BL-67015 2
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Rights Society (A6, A7, B3, B5 to B7): BMI
  • Rights Society (A3): PRS

Other Versions (5 of 39) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
1871 Nas It Was Written(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Music World (2) 1871 Russia 1996 Sell This Version
COL 484196 4 Nas It Was Written(Cass, Album) Columbia COL 484196 4 Poland 1996 Sell This Version
88697068662 Nas It Was Written(CD, Album, Spe) Sony BMG Music Entertainment 88697068662 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
COL 484196 4 Nas It Was Written(Cass, Album) Columbia COL 484196 4 Bulgaria 1996 Sell This Version
none Nas It Was Written (Clean Version)(CDr, Album) Whitfield Street none UK 1996 Sell This Version

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Shelby38

Shelby38

December 14, 2019

My Original US LP is in good condition but there is lot of crakles over the entire duration. It's still the best to have in collection.
juanmor

juanmor

October 19, 2019
Don´t pay those ridiculous prices. New repress available on getondown for less than 30$ right now
watchmesink

watchmesink

June 28, 2019
Looking for JUST the cover for this record. If you have one you are willing to part ways with, please message me!
ibbjamin

ibbjamin

August 31, 2012
Quite a poor pressing, this one comes crackling out of the box and even skipped on the B3 upon first time listening. Musically, a whole different story.