Nas Releases 25th Anniversary Edition of ‘It Was Written’

blame it on Meka July 2, 2021

Today (July 2nd) Nas commemorates his breakout (more on that later) sophomore album, It Was Written.

A sonic shift from his heralded, seminal, and influential debut album Illmatic, the Queens legend instead embraced a more mainstream sound — leaning into the then-popular “mafioso rap” aesthetic — for the project. Primarily produced by Trackmasters (with contributions from Dr. Dre, DJ Premier, L.E.S., Havoc, and others), the album is also noted for the debut of Nas’ short-lived group The Firm with Foxy Brown, AZ, and Cormega/Nature. Led by the hit singles “If I Ruled The World (Imagine That)” and “Street Dreams,” It Was Written would go on to sell over 2 million records, eclipsing the years-long trek to Gold status its predecessor did.

An expanded digital edition of It Was Written has been released on its original release date, with the addition of the cassette-only track “Silent Murder” and previously-vaulted “Street Dreams (Bonus Verse).” Reissue specialists Get On Down will also drop collectible physical versions of the album, including a “2LP Silver and Clear Galaxy Effect colored vinyl edition housed in a gatefold jacket” and an “old-school cassette with an original 8 panel J-Card featuring full lyrics housed in a custom slip case.” Get On Down will also offer colored 7″ vinyl single of “The Message” b/w “Street Dreams” (Bonus Verse) housed in a custom picture jacket. Projected to ship in September, pre-orders for them are available here.

Stream It Was Written, below.