Expanded Digital Edition & Vinyl Bundle Of Nas’s ‘It Was Written’ Set For Release

The “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)” and “Street Dreams” music videos are getting a hi-res HD upgrade.

Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release an expanded digital edition of It Was Written. Nas’s classic sophomore studio LP first dropped on July 2, 1996.

The new version of It Was Written will be presented in its entirety and original running order. Bonus tracks “Silent Murder” and “Street Dreams,” which were previously unreleased through DSPs, were added to the expanded album.

Get On Down is also releasing a limited-edition 25th-anniversary It Was Written collectible which includes a 2LP Silver & Clear Galaxy Effect colored vinyl. The bundle also includes a cassette with an original 8-panel J-Card containing full lyrics in a custom slipcase. 

Sony Music/Certified’s Black Music Month ’96 Again campaign features a two-minute mini-documentary about Nas’s It Was Written. Over the last month, Certified also posted videos about Run-DMC, Kriss Kross, Ghostface Killah, UGK, Mobb Deep, and more.

It Was Written became Nas’s first #1 album when it debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart by selling 270,000 copies in its first week. The critically-acclaimed LP hosts guest features by Foxy Brown, Dr. Dre, AZ, Cormega, Mobb Deep, and Lauryn Hill.

The RIAA recently certified It Was Written as 3x-Platinum. It is the top-selling album of Nas’s career. On July 2, the music videos for “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)” and “Street Dreams” will premiere in high-resolution HD quality for the It Was Written 25th anniversary.

In May, the Nas-founded Mass Appeal Records inked a deal with The Orchard, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment. The Queens-bred emcee and Mass Appeal is also working with the Showtime network to create the Hip Hop 50 series as a celebration of Hip Hop culture’s birth in 1973 up until 2023.

Legacy Recordings’ It Was Written expanded digital edition is scheduled for release on Friday, July 2. The 25 Year Anniversary Limited Edition Deluxe Bundle is now available for pre-order on getondown.com.

Nas – It Was Written (Expanded Edition) Tracklist

  1. Album Intro
  2. The Message
  3. Street Dreams
  4. I Gave You Power
  5. Watch Dem N##### (featuring Foxy Brown)
  6. Take It In Blood
  7. Nas Is Coming (featuring Dr. Dre)
  8. Affirmative Action (featuring AZ, Cormega and Foxy Brown)
  9. The Set Up (featuring Havoc)
  10. Black Girl Lost (featuring Joel “JoJo” Hailey)
  11. Suspect
  12. Shootouts
  13. Live N#### Rap (featuring Mobb Deep)
  14. If I Ruled the World (Imagine That) (featuring Lauryn Hill)
  15. Silent Murder
  16. Street Dreams (Bonus Verse)