The Making of Nas' "It Was Written"

“The Set Up” f/ Havoc

Produced by: Havoc

Nas: “That was Havoc. I love Havoc’s tracks. I wanted to work with Havoc by any means. I was trying to get a lot of tracks from Havoc and I wound up with two. I was just trying to work fast, I wrote that up real fast because I was trying to get so much done with him but he had his own projects to work on.

“I wrote that up and was looking for more and more tracks from him but we only got one more from him, ‘Live Nigga Rap.’ I wanted more and I never got those other ones. I was happy to get what I got. I put everything I got from Havoc on the album.

 

I must admit, I said something stupid on that record. I was high and I changed words around and I said a word on there that didn’t make sense. I didn’t realize it until the album was mastered. - Nas

 

“I must admit, I said something stupid on that record. I was high and I changed words around and I said a word on there that didn’t make sense. I didn’t realize it until the album was mastered. But I won’t put a spotlight on it, I’m not going to tell you what it was. The word makes sense but it didn’t make sense on what I said I was doing. and I meant to say a different word and I overthought it, I was thinking too much.”

Tone: “We were there for that record too. You’ve got to understand, we were there for the whole album because we had to give the continuity to the album. It wasn’t about Nas just picks the record.”

Poke: “What we tried to do is, we all had like a collective opinion about how the album should formulate because we look at an album as a work of art. We try and give the person an experience like a movie. You have a beginning, a middle, and an end. So we’re trying to give a full picture and the full scope of what we’re trying to articulate. So it wasn’t like, 'Just pick any beat.' It was, 'Yo which beat is the most appropriate for what we’re trying to do.' So that’s how most of the tracks came about.”

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