It could be argued that for a brief time in '96, Nas was the top emcee. His LP It Written went double plat., and that right there broke all types of barriers for him. People knew he was that nigga at time with Jay just comin out and Biggie layin the weeds workin on his 2nd LP. People over the years i found to realize always killed It Was Written, why? I do not know. They say he went away from his style from Illmatic. Yall got to realize, '94 was way different from '96. U got to go along with the times. It was no more Nasty Nas, its now Nas Escobar. No more minimal ice wearing, its now Big Willie style! And the mafiaso culture was in full effect. Nas to me went hard around this time. I miss Nas Escobar, i wish he can comeback sooner or later. It Was Written to me when it 1st dropped was a monumental LP man. I was in the 9th-10th grade when it came out and i remember like yesterday everybody jammin it. It was a great time man. Seeing MTV & BET playin If I Ruled The World & Street Dreams videos continuosly was not that bad back then compared to now seein the same old wack songs again & again. Like i always said before, if u would of told me back in '96 hip-hop would be at where its at now i thought u was joking. A bad joke at that. So check out this vid and lets remember the good times man. And check the gear Nas wearin, pretty fly man!!!