There are a lot of lessons to be learned from It Was Written. The follow up to Nas’ Illmatic at first left a lot to be desired. Complaints were made thatNas went mainstream, and the original fanbase were unhappy that it wasn’t anything like Illmatic which seemed to mirror a similar direction of Raekwon’s magnum opus, Only Built For Cuban Linx. Nasty Nas was now Escobar, named after the Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, and it was then that The Firm was born.
The Firm, which consisted of AZ, Foxy Brown and Cormega, was unfortunately disbanded as they pursued their solo careers. Despite being short lived, the group did release the song Affirmative Action. With an amazing sample and lyrics to match, the song is one of the best on the album and reminds us of a time when female emcee’s were just as good, or in this particular instance, better than their male counterparts. Foxy puts together one of the best verses heard and shines on the track.
So what can we learn from It Was Written? In retrospect the album became herald in it’s own right, despite being the successor to Illmatic, once fans started appreciating it for what it was it became a stable in the renaissance of Mafioso Hip Hop