Originally Posted by Makaveli
Just listened to It Was Written for the first time. Not understanding why it gets dogged when Nas' discography is discussed. I know this, I Am... and Nastradamus get skipped over a lot. Getting on those other two soon, but IIW was not a bad album. Apparently it was criticized because they accused Nas of going for a mainstream audience. I see that with some of the earlier tracks, but not too much overall. A better example of this would be Lasers, but that wasn't really Lupe's fault. IIW was a good album. The Message was hands down the best track.
Overall...I'd give it about a 7.5.
Yeah, it got criticized because of the change in sound to glossier beats......from Pete Rock and Large Professor to Trackmasters.
Also, the change in content, from the more down to earth Illmatic to all that mafioso don Escobar shit.
However, Nas' rapping performance can never be criticized on that album. He was so sharp lyrically and flow-wise. Just in a zone, that's some of the most skilled rapping ever. The Message is a great song. Top 3 off IWW: The Message, Take It In Blood, and Watch Dem .....s. That album's a 9/10 at least, to me.