Nas ‎– It Was Written

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Columbia ‎– 484196 6, Columbia ‎– col 484196 6
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1 Album Intro
Producer – Nas, TrackmastersWritten-By – N. Jones*
2:28
2 The Message
Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Rich TravaliMixed By – Poke And ToneProducer – Poke And ToneScratches – D.J. Kid Capri*Written-By – N. Jones*, S. Barnes*
4:10
3 Street Dreams
Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Rich TravaliKeyboards – Delight (6)Mixed By – Poke And TonePerformer [Interpolation Of "Sweet Dreams"] – EurythmicsPerformer [Portion Of "Never Gonna Stop"] – Linda CliffordProducer – Poke And ToneWritten-By – A. Lennox*, D. Stewart*, N. Jones*, S. Barnes*
4:41
4 I Gave You Power
Engineer – Eddie SanchoProducer – DJ PremierWritten-By – C. Martin*, N. Jones*
3:56
5 Watch Dem Niggas
Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Rich TravaliKeyboards – Delight (6)Mixed By – Poke And TonePerformer [Portion Of "Sponge"] – Earl KlughProducer – Poke And ToneWritten-By – N. Jones*, S. Barnes*Written-By [Portion Of "Sponge"] – Bob James, Earl Klugh
4:06
6 Take It In Blood
Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Rich TravaliMixed By – Poke And TonePerformer [Sample Of "Mixed Up Moods & Attitudes"] – The Fantastic Four*Producer – Live Squad, Lo Ground, Top General SoundsWritten-By – C. Horne*, J.T. Epps, Jr.*, J. Pruitt*, N. Jones*, R. Walker*, W. Childs*
4:49
7 Nas Is Coming
Engineer – Kelston RiceProducer – Dr. DreWritten-By – A. Young*, N. Jones*
5:40
8 Affirmative Action
Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Rich TravaliFeaturing – AZ, Cormega, Foxy Brown, The Firm (6)Keyboards – Dave AtkinsonMixed By – Poke And ToneProducer – Dave Atkinson, Poke And ToneWritten-By – A. Cruz*, C. McKay*, I. Marchand*, J. Olivier*, N. Jones*, S. Banes*
4:20
9 The Set Up
Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Mike FrondaProducer – Havoc (3)Rap [Uncredited] – Havoc (3)Written-By – K. Muchita*, N. Jones*
4:26
10 Black Girl Lost
Backing Vocals [Featured Background Vocals] – Jojo Hailey*Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Bill Esses, Rich TravaliMixed By – Poke And TonePerformer [Sample Of "Starlight"] – Stephanie MillsProducer – L.E.S.Producer [Additional Production] – Poke And ToneWritten-By – Mtume*, L. Lewis*, N. Jones*, Lucas*
4:32
11 Suspect
Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Rich TravaliMixed By – Poke And ToneProducer – L.E.S.Written-By – L. Lewis*, N. Jones*Written-By [Portion Of "El Gatto Triste"], Performer [Portion Of "El Gatto Triste"] – Chuck Mangione
4:16
12 Shootouts
Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Rich TravaliMixed By – Poke And ToneProducer – Kirk Goddy, Poke And ToneWritten-By – J. Olivier*, N. Jones*, S. Barnes*
3:46
13 Live Nigga Rap
Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Ken "Duro" Ifle*Producer – Havoc (3)Rap [Uncredited] – Mobb DeepWritten-By – K. Muchita*, N. Jones*
3:46
14 If I Ruled The World (Imagine That)
Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Rich TravaliKeyboards – Delight (6)Mixed By – Poke And TonePerformer [Portions Of "If I Ruled The World"] – Kurtis BlowProducer – Poke And ToneProducer [Additional Production] – Rashad SmithVocals [Featured Vocals] – Lauryn HillWritten-By – J. Olivier*, K. Walker*, N. Jones*, S. Barnes*Written-By [Portions Of "Friends (Instrumental)"] – L. Parker*
4:44
15 Silent Murder
Engineer [Mix Engineer] – Rich TravaliMixed By – Poke And TonePerformer [Sample Of "Get A Life"] – Soul II SoulProducer – Live Squad, Lo Ground, Top General SoundsWritten-By – Romeo*, Brown*, N. Jones*, R. Walker*
3:25
16 Affirmative Action (Saint Denis Style Remix)
Adapted By – NTM*Featuring – AZ, Foxy Brown, Joey Starr, Kool ShenMixed By – Suprême NTM, VolodiaProducer – Kool ShenWritten-By – A. Cruz*, I. Marchand*, J. Olivier*, N. Jones*, S. Barnes*
4:07

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Tracks 15 and 16 are bonus tracks. No remix credit is listed for track 16.

Track 1
© 1996 Zomba Enterprises Inc./Ill Will Music, Inc. (administered by Zomba Music Enterprises Inc.)

Track 2
Produced / mixed for Trackmasters Entertainment
© 1996 Zomba Enterprises Inc./Ill Will Music, Inc. (administered by Zomba Music Enterprises Inc.)/Slamuwell Productions, Inc.

Track 3
Produced for Trackmasters Entertainment
Keyboards for 2000 Watts Music
Recorded at Soundtracks Studios, NYC
Mixed at Hit Factory Studios, NYC for Trackmasters Entertainment
This song is an interpolation of "Sweet Dreams" as written by Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox and performed by the Eurythmics. Used courtesy of RCA Records and D'n'A Limited/Music Publishing Limited (PRS). This song also contains a portion of "Never Gonna Stop" as performed by Linda Clifford, Used courtesy of BMG Songs, Inc.
© 1996 Zomba Enterprises Inc./Ill Will Music, Inc. (administered by Zomba Music Enterprises Inc.)/Slamuwell Productions, Inc.

Track 4
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 Music Enterprises Inc.)/DJ Premier Publishing/Gifted Pearl

Track 5
Produced for Trackmasters Entertainment
Keyboards for 2000 Watts Music
Recorded at Bearsville Studios, NYC
Mixed at Hit Factory Studios, NYC for Trackmasters Entertainment
Contains a portion of "Sponge" as written by Earl Klugh and Bob James, and performed by Earl Klugh. Used courtesy of Warner Special Products and Soda Fountain Music
© 1996 Zomba Enterprises Inc./Ill Will Music, Inc. (administered by Zomba Music Enterprises Inc.)/Slamuwell Productions, Inc.

Track 6
Recorded at Soundtrack Studios, NYC
Mixed at Hit Factory Studios, NYC for Trackmasters Entertainment
Contains a sample of "Mixed Up Moods & Attitudes" as performed by The Fantastic Four
© 1996 Zomba Enterprises Inc./Ill Will Music, Inc. (administered by Zomba Music Enterprises Inc.)/Grand Imperial Music/Bridgeport Music, Inc. (BMI)

Track 7
Recorded and mixed at Dre's House, LA
© 1996 Zomba Enterprises Inc./Ill Will Music, Inc. (administered by Zomba Music Enterprises Inc.)/Ain't Nothin' Goin On But Fu-kin Music, Inc.

Track 8
Produced / keyboards / mixed for Trackmasters Entertainment
Recorded and mixed at Hit Factory Studios, NYC
© 1996 Zomba Enterprises Inc./Ill Will Music, Inc. (administered by Zomba Music Enterprises Inc.)/Slamuwell Productions, Inc./Life's A Bitch Music/12 & Under Music, Inc. (BMI)/A. Cruz/O. Marchand/C. McKay

Track 9
Produced by Havoc of Mobb Deep
Recorded and mixed at Hit Factory Studios, NYC
© 1996 Zomba Enterprises Inc./Ill Will Music, Inc. (administered by Zomba Music Enterprises Inc.)/Juvenile Hall Music (BMI) (administered by BMG-Careers Music Inc.)

Track 10
Produced for Total Package Productions, Inc.
Additional production for Trackmasters Entertainment
Featured background vocals by JoJo Hailey of Jodeci
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
Contains a sample of "Starlight" as performed by Stephanie Mills. Used courtesy of Polygram Records and Famous Music, Inc.
© 1996 Zomba Enterprises Inc./Ill Will Music, Inc./Mawkeen's Music, Inc. (administered by Zomba Music Enterprises Inc.)/Famous Music Corp.

Track 11
Produced for Total Package Productions, Inc.
Recorded at Chung King Studios, NYC
Mixed at Hit Factory Studios, NYC for Trackmasters Entertainment
Contains a portion of "El Gatto Triste" as written and performed by Chuck Mangione. Courtesy of Mercury Records and Upam Music
© 1996 Zomba Enterprises Inc./Ill Will Music, Inc./Mawkeen's Music, Inc. (administered by Zomba Music Enterprises Inc.)

Track 12
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 Music Enterprises Inc.)/Slamuwell Productions, Inc./12 & Under Music, Inc.

Track 13
Produced by Havoc of Mobb Deep
Recorded at Chung King Studios, NYC
Mixed at Hit Factory Studios, NYC
© 1996 Zomba Enterprises Inc./Ill Will Music, Inc. (administered by Zomba Music Enterprises Inc.)/Juvenile Hall Music (BMI) (administered by BMG-Careers Music Inc.)

Track 14
Produced for Trackmasters Entertainment
Additional production for Tumbling Dice Productions, Inc.
Keyboards for 2000 Watts Music
Recorded at Hit Factory Music, NYC & Westlake Studios, LA
Mixed at Hit Factory Studios, NYC for Trackmasters Entertainment
Featured vocals by Lauryn Hill courtesy of Ruffhouse/Columbia Records
Contains portions of "Friends (Instrumental)" written by L. Parker courtesy of Zomba Enterprises, Inc./Funk Groove Music, Inc. (administered by Zomba Enterprises, Inc.) under license from Jive Records. "If I Ruled The World" written by Kurt Walker, performed by Kurtis Blow. Courtesy of Kuwa Music
© 1996 Zomba Enterprises Inc./Ill Will Music, Inc. (administered by Zomba Music Enterprises Inc.)/12 & Under Music, Inc./Slamuwell Productions, Inc./Kuwa Music

Track 15
Recorded at Soundtrack Studios, NYC
Mixed at Hit Factory Studios, NYC for Trackmasters Entertainment
Uses a sample of "Get A Life" as performed by Soul II Soul. Used courtesy of Virgin Records U.K. and EMI Music, Ltd. U.K.
© 1996 Zomba Enterprises Inc./Ill Will Music, Inc. (administered by Zomba Music Enterprises Inc.)/EMI Virgin Music Inc/Grand Imperial Music

Track 16
Zomba Enterprises Inc., Ill Will Music Inc., Slamuwell Productions Inc., Life's A Bitch Music Inc./12 & Under Music Inc., EMI Publishing France S.A.

Mastered at Sterling Sound, NYC

Sample clearances by Nikki Johnson of Sample That!!

CD face:
© + ℗ 1996 Sony Music Entertainment Inc. "Columbia" is the exclusive trademark of Sony Music Entertainment Inc. Made in Austria

Back cover:
© 1996 Sony Music Entertainment Inc./"Columbia" is the exclusive trademark of Sony Music Entertainment Inc./Distribution Sony Music

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 5099748419668
  • Barcode (Text): 5 099748 419668
  • Rights Society: SACEM SACD SDRM SGDL BIEM
  • Label Code: LC 0162
  • Price Code: CB 811
  • Price Code: CDC
  • Other (Back cover, CD face, insert): 01-484196-11
  • Matrix / Runout: Sony Music S0148419611-0101 24 A 3
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L554
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 949B

Other Versions (5 of 29) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CK 67015 Nas It Was Written(CD, Album) Columbia CK 67015 US 1996 Sell This Version
484196 1 Nas It Was Written(LP, Album) Columbia 484196 1 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
484196 2, col 484196 2, 4841962011 Nas It Was Written(CD, Album) Columbia, Columbia, Columbia 484196 2, col 484196 2, 4841962011 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
none Nas It Was Written (Clean Version)(CDr, Album) Whitfield Street none UK 1996 Sell This Version
CK 67745 Nas It Was Written (Clean Version)(CD, Album) Columbia CK 67745 US 1996 Sell This Version

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