Nas' most iconic album: 'Illmatic' or 'It Was Written'? | The Tylt
Nas' most iconic album: 'Illmatic' or 'It Was Written'?
"It Ain't Hard to Tell" formerly known as "Nas Will Prevail" was his demo for Columbia Records in 1991. The song sample's Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" and a jazzy sound. While it only peaked at #91 on the Billboard Hot 100, it's considered a lyrical hip-hop classic, which helped launch Nas' career and was released as the second single off of his debut album—"Illmatic." The LP is considered one of the greatest hip-hop albums ever and helped redefine East Coast hip-hop in the '90s.
Below are some significant lyrics to "It Ain't Hard to Tell," per Genius.
🎶 It ain't hard to tell, I excel, then prevail. The mic is contacted, I attract clientele. My mic check is life or death, breathin' a sniper's breath. I exhale the yellow smoke of buddha through righteous steps.🎶
"If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)" is commercially one of Nas' more recognized hits, leading his "It Was Written" sophomore album. The LP is considered Nas' most commercially successful release, and like "Illmatic" it garnered critical acclaim.
Below are some notable lyrics to "If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)," per Genius.
🎶 Imagine smoking weed in the streets without cops harassin'. Imagine going to court with no trial. Lifestyle cruising blue Bahama waters. No welfare supporters. More conscious of the way we raise our daughters.🎶