Despite what the many hype ass bloggers & wanna be hip-hop enthusiast say, I feel “It Was Written" is better than "Illmatic”. Anybody with a true ear for music can see that Nas grew on this album from his style of flow & choice of words & even bein more versitile on the album collectively. The longer the tracklist, usually the harder it is to be consistent on every track without shit soundin the same. But you can easily see Nas took his time with this album. Truthfully without “It Was Written”, Nas wouldnt have left as big an impact on hip-hop. This shit really put his name in Stone. But thats just my two cents….