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NasIt Was Written

Label:Columbia – C 67015
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Hip Hop
Style:Boom Bap, Conscious

Tracklist

A1Album Intro
ProducerNas, Trackmasters
Written-ByN. Jones*
2:28
A2The Message
Engineer [Mix Engineer]Rich Travali
Producer, Mixed ByPoke And Tone
ScratchesD.J. Kid Capri*
Written ByN. Jones/S. Barnes
Written-ByN. Jones*, S. Barnes*
Written-By [Uncredited]Dominic Miller, Sting
4:10
A3Street Dreams
Engineer [Mix Engineer]Rich Travali
KeyboardsDelight (6)
Performer ["Sweet Dreams" Performed By]The Eurythmics*
Performer [Portion Of "Never Gonna Stop" Performed By]Linda Clifford
Producer, Mixed ByPoke And Tone
Written ByA. Lennox/D. Stewart/N. Jones/S. Barnes
Written-ByA. Lennox*, D. Stewart*, N. Jones*, S. Barnes*
Written-By ["Sweet Dreams" Written By]A. Lennox*, D. Stewart*
4:41
A4I Gave You Power
EngineerEddie Sancho
ProducerDJ Premier
Written ByN. Jones/C. Martin
Written-ByC. Martin*, N. Jones*
3:56
A5Watch Dem Niggas
Chorus [Uncredited]Foxy Brown
Engineer [Mix Engineer]Rich Travali
KeyboardsDelight (6)
Performer [Portion Of "Sponge" Performed By]Earl Klugh
Producer, Mixed ByPoke And Tone
Written ByN. Jones/S. Barnes
Written-ByN. Jones*, S. Barnes*
Written-By [Portion Of "Sponge" Written By]Bob James, Earl Klugh
4:06
A6Take It In Blood
Engineer [Mix Engineer]Rich Travali
Mixed ByPoke And Tone
Performer [Sample Of "Mixed Up Moods & Attitudes" Performed By]The Fantastic Four*
Written ByN. Jones/R. Walker/J.T. Epps, Jr./J. Pruitt/W. Childs/C. Horne
4:49
A7The Set Up
Engineer [Mix Engineer]Mike Fronda
KeyboardsDelight (6)
ProducerHavoc (3)
Written ByN. Jones/K. Muchita
Written-ByK. Muchita*, N. Jones*
4:26
B1Black Girl Lost
Engineer [Mix Engineer]Bill Esses, Rich Travali
Featuring, Backing Vocals [Background]Jojo Hailey*
Performer [Sample Of "Starlight" Performed By]Stephanie Mills
ProducerL.E.S.
Producer [Additional Production], Mixed ByPoke And Tone
Written ByN. Jones/L. Lewis/Mtume/Lucas
Written-ByMtume*, L. Lewis*, N. Jones*, Lucas*
4:32
B2Suspect
Engineer [Mix Engineer]Rich Travali
Mixed ByPoke And Tone
Performer [Portion Of "El Gatto Triste" Performed By]Chuck Mangione
ProducerL.E.S.
Written ByN. Jones/L. Lewis
Written-ByL. Lewis*, N. Jones*
Written-By [Portion Of "El Gatto Triste" Written By]Chuck Mangione
4:16
B3Shootouts
Engineer [Mix Engineer]Rich Travali
Mixed ByPoke And Tone
Written ByN. Jones/S. Barnes/J. Olivier
Written-ByJ. Olivier*, N. Jones*, S. Barnes*
3:46
B4Nas Is Coming
Engineer [Mix Engineer]Kelston Rice
ProducerDr. Dre
Written ByN. Jones/A. Young
Written-ByA. Young*, N. Jones*
5:40
B5Affirmative Action
Engineer [Mix Engineer]Rich Travali
FeaturingThe Firm (6)
Featuring [The Firm]AZ, Cormega, Foxy Brown, Nas
KeyboardsDave Atkinson
Mixed ByPoke And Tone
Written ByN. Jones/A. Cruz/I. Marchand/C. McKay/S. Barnes/J. Olivier
4:20
B6Live Nigga Rap
Mixed ByKen "Duro" Ifle*
ProducerHavoc (3)
Rap [Verse]Havoc (3), Prodigy
Written ByN. Jones/K. Muchita
Written-ByK. Muchita*, N. Jones*
3:46
B7If I Ruled The World (Imagine That)
Engineer [Mix Engineer]Rich Travali
KeyboardsDelight (6)
Performer ["If I Ruled The World" Performed By]Kurtis Blow
Producer [Additional Production]Rashad Smith
Producer, Mixed ByPoke And Tone
Vocals [Featured Vocals By]Lauryn Hill
Written ByN. Jones/J. Olivier/S. Barnes/K. Walker
Written-ByJ. 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

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It Was Written (LP, Album)Columbia484196 1Europe1996
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It Was Written (CD, Album)ColumbiaCK 67015US1996
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It Was Written (CD, Album)Columbia484196 2Australia1996
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It Was Written (Cassette, Album)ColumbiaCt 67015US1996

Reviews

Grateful13's avatar
Grateful13
Amazing Album. It’s rumored that this was the very album that 2Pac was listening to when he got killed.

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Shelby38's avatar
Shelby38
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.
nastyle's avatar
nastyle
Don´t pay those ridiculous prices. New repress available on getondown for less than 30$ right now
watchmesink's avatar
watchmesink
Looking for JUST the cover for this record. If you have one you are willing to part ways with, please message me!
ibbjamin's avatar
ibbjamin
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.