Today In Hip-Hop: Nas Releases ‘It Was Written’

On this day, July 2, in hip-hop history… 1996: One of the most burdensome tasks in all of the hip-hop landscape, which history will surely confirm, is following up an iconic debut album with an equally or exceedingly prosperous sophomore effort. The way the subsequent release is received can profoundly make or break an artist and the eventual success of their career, or lack thereof. Two years removed from his immortal and undisputed all-time classic inaugural album, Illmatic, Queens' own, Nasir Jones, released the succeeding and long-awaited, It Was Written. While juxtaposition of the two efforts was inevitable, the largest disservice that the hip-hop contingent ...

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