Legacy Recordings is commemorating the 25th anniversary of Nas‘ It Was Written with a special expanded digital edition.
Clocking in at over an hour, the new edition features a total of 16 tracks and includes two new cuts previously unavailable on streaming: “Silent Murder” and “Street Dreams (Bonus Verse).” It Was Written will also received physical releases, with Get On Down offering the revered album in a 2LP Silver & Clear Galaxy Effect colored vinyl that’s housed in a gatefold jacket, a 7” vinyl single of “The Message” and “Street Dreams (Extended Version), plus an old-school cassette with an original eight panel J-Card complete with lyrics and a custom slip case.
It Was Written marks Nas’ sophomore studio effort and originally featured appearances from Foxy Brown, Dr. Dre, AZ, Cormega, Havoc, Joel “JoJo” Hailey, Kurt Gowdy, Mobb Deep and Lauryn Hill in the influential hip-hop anthem “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That).” The record went on to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and is Nas’ best-selling record to date.
Stream the 25th anniversary edition of It Was Written on Spotify.