Nas - "It Was Written" lyrics

[Yee-hah's and whips cracking in background]
-Hey Nas, hey hey boy,
you see what they done did to Jimmy and Lee.
[Nas:] Mmmhmm. Damn,
man.
-I can't take it man.
[Nas:] Sho' can't.
-You think this is
gonna eva' change'
[Nas:] Man, damn this place, man! Damn these
chains! These damn
chitlins every damn night.
-This
cotton.
[Nas:] Shit!
-I can't take it man.
[Nas:]
Harriett done left the night befo'. It's time we go.
Aint no place for black
folk here. Man, promise land callin'
me man.
-It's callin' me
too.
[Nas:] It's time we go.
-Yeah, I'm wichou!
[Nas:]
Hey man, hey damn these chains, man.
Damn you master, you
ain't my
master, man!
[Sounds of punching and bumping]
[Nas:] You
aint nothin', you aint nothin.

-Hey Bandit, Bandit, get the dogs! Get the
hounds, we gonna
have ourselves a hangin' tonight!

[Nas:]
Nineteen-ninety-six!
Back up in this nigga.
The right way, though, you
know'
-Double-tre son, you know aint nothin'
coincedental or accidental,
son.
[Nas:] No doubt!
-You know how it's goin' down,
man.
[Nas:] It was all written.
-No question, I'm sayin' man, I
mean, how we playin' man,
you know what I'm sayin', they dealt us in,
son.
They playin' with a fifty-four deck, you see with the
Jokers in and
everything, you know what I'm saying'
[Nas:] Son, I'm playin' with the
fifty-two.
-You wanna stress on how I used to play, that's how I
play.
[Nas:] But, yo, they takin' us into this next millenium, right
now.
-I'm sayin' law, you know what I'm sayin' we gotta lay the law,
cause
without law aint no order, you know what I'm sayin',
that's why these cats
are slippin'
through, you know what I'm sayin' They got the rules
missin',
though.
[Nas:] True.
-Yo, word up, though, you know
what I mean'
[Nas:] Son, these niggas look faker than the new hundred
dollars, son.
-Yeah, you see that they look Monopoly money,
right'
[Nas:] Word, with the big ass face on it.
-Yo, what I'm
sayin', we see through all that, though
you know what I'm
sayin'
[Nas:] No question.
-All eyes seein', son, you know we
real.
[Nas:] Yo, no doubt. In the Qu'ran it says Nas, the
men.
Nesa's the woman, know' It was written.