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It Was Written, and Beats Rhymes & Life...
« on: April 13, 2014, 04:53:09 AM »
Could be 2 of hip-hops most underrated albums. Mainstream music was peaking in 96 (no infinite) and expectation was high, but these 2 classics are often still cited by heads as a major letdown. Fuck what u say doe. This is what musics about for me. 8)

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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2014, 05:02:13 AM »
underrated classics for sure...I actually prefer It Was Written to Illmatic
 

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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2014, 05:03:44 AM »
classic material  8)
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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2014, 12:35:29 PM »
Mainstream music was peaking in 96 (no infinite) 
I believe 1998 was actually when music officially peaked.

As for It Was Written.  It was more of a critical letdown than a commercial one. It was Nas' biggest selling album ever. It was criticized for following mainstream trends (Dr. Dre producing songs, more pop-friendly singles, and adopting the Mafia vine that other rappers were doing). I think nostalgia is kind to that album because people who grew up in the 90's like that kind of sound and production-wise, it's a great sounding record but from a lyrical point of view, I can see how people who loved Illmatic might have been disappointed by it.
 

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« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2014, 01:09:46 PM »
I actually prefer It Was Written to Illmatic
 

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Re: It Was Written, and Beats Rhymes & Life...
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2014, 03:45:34 PM »
Could be 2 of hip-hops most underrated albums. Mainstream music was peaking in 96 (no infinite) and expectation was high, but these 2 classics are often still cited by heads as a major letdown. Fuck what u say doe. This is what musics about for me. 8)

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It Was Written is Classic. Not sure I ever heard of anyone saying this album was a letdown. But BR&L??? That album is clearly levels below their first 3. Cool album but that shit isn't a classic.
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Re: It Was Written, and Beats Rhymes & Life...
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2014, 03:50:34 PM »
The "It Was Written" intro still cracks me up. I love that album.