The Making of Nas' "It Was Written"

“Take It In Blood”

Produced by: Live Squad, Lo Ground & Top General Sounds

Nas:“I met Stretch by some dangerous cats that I was hanging with. They put me with Stretch who they were cool with. Stretch became my brother immediately. He wasn’t really recognized for the great work he was doing with Tupac and the hardcore records he did with his own group Live Squad with his brother Majesty. Stretch and I hung out all the time, almost every day.

 

Stretch dropped me off at home and went home and he was killed. He produced ‘Take It In Blood’ and ‘Silent Murder’—the irony. It was the last work he did. - Nas

 

“Stretch was really hurt by Tupac. I would hear him talking about how Pac was so mad at him because Stretch was with Tupac when he got set up and robbed in the studio lobby. Tupac was mad at everyone after that. I felt bad for Stretch because he really had a lot of love for Pac and he couldn’t believe that Pac thought he had something to do with it.

“Stretch dropped me off at home and went home and he was killed. That was a real great guy. He produced ‘Take It In Blood’ and ‘Silent Murder’—the irony. It was just a messed up moment for me. It was the last work he did. Very sad.”

Tone: We actually didn’t have the multitrack for that record. What happened was, Stretch submitted the record and then passed away so we had to finish the record for him. That’s when we came in and we didn’t have the multitrack, so we were trying to finish it on cassette.

"So we put our thing on it but we tried not to take away any of the original elements that he already had on the record. Nas already loved the track but Nas was also giving a tribute to him by doing the record.”

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