It Was Writtin Review
When this album was released in 1996, it became an instant classic. Nas was able to rap about important topics such as the value of life, riches and wealth, gun violence and many others. With his crafty word play, Nas was able tell facinating stories. For example, in the song "I Gave You Power," Nas raps from the prespective of a hand gun. Nas mentions, as a gun, he was able to see all the fear that comes from it.
I see n***** bleedin runnin from me in fear, stunningly tears/
fall down the eyes of these so-called tough guys, for years/
I've been used in robberies, givin n***** heart to follow me/
Placin peoples in graves, funerals made cause I was sprayed/
After seeing all the damage he can bring, Nas decided to jam himself from firing the next time his owner were to pull his trigger because he was disgusted by what he seen. When the event finally came, Nas put his plan to work. He held the bullet and prevented it from firing. As a result, Nas's owner was shot in the head by a rival gunman. At that moment, Nas felt happy that he would be fired anymore because his owner in the end. To his dissapointment, in the end of the song, some random person was able to pick up Nas before the cops came, and Nas has to start all over again.
This was just one of many clever stories was able to rap about in this album. Overall, most in the songs in CD were quite good. Basically each song has intellectually written lyrics.
Though this album was all about the story telling, listeners tend to forget the producers who contributed to the album's success. Well known producers such as Dr. Dre, DJ Premier, Havoc of Mobb Deep, and L.E.S composed the beats that help Nas with his song. The beats were pretty good quality overall.
The only negative part about this album is the tone or atmosphere of some of the songs. This album was somewhat mafia related. Nas used words such as Don Juan and also refered to himself as Nas Escobar. It just didn't feel right due to fact that Nas is from the streets and now he is talking about fancy cars and cigars. As an Nas fan would know, this album would be the start of his "Sell Out," time period in his rap career.
The Message, Streets Dreams, I Gave You Power, If I Ruled The World featuring Lauryn Hill.