The hate for It Was Written, when it comes to writers and people who have stayed with Nas, has mostly subsided. Just ask Rolling Stone magazine, as they changed their rating of the album from two to four stars 18 years later. But for every new listener that finds Illmatic and loses their shit over it, Nas' sophomore album gets hate spewed its way. That also goes for every subsequent record he's dropped.
You know why? Because those albums aren't Illmatic. And that's really about it. It Was Written is a classic in its own right-especially among the Mafioso rap heads-and most longtime Nas fans will tell you that. Hell, some will even argue that it's better than its predecessor, but we won't go down that road.