Guest Star: "Me & My Friends Were Just Thinking He Was The Most Incredible Rapper Ever In Life"
Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011 12:15AM
[In recognition of anticipated sophomore albums like Drake's Take Care and Wale's Ambition dropping this month, SOHH is featuring entertainment personalities each day this week naming their most favorite debut LP follow-up and seeing if it survived the often-discussed "sophomore jinx". After ex-Little Brother members 9th Wonder and Big gave props to OutKast's ATLiens, New York rappers Donny Goines and Kid Daytona pick Nas' It Was Written.]
Donny Goines: Nas' It Was Written was like one of the best sophomore albums I had ever heard. To me, it was better than Illmatic. Before you guys crucify me, you have to understand I'm looking at things from a different perspective and I have my own opinion.
Overall, I just thought it was really an amazing album from start to finish. Illmatic, to me, was more of a niche album. It was something where I liked it, enjoyed it but It Was Written was an album.
I would have to almost make it a tie because Notorious B.I.G.'s Life After Death falls into that same equation. I feel like those two albums showcased the growth, the artistic abilities and full capabilities of these artists.
They were just amazing records. I could listen to both of them from start to finish. That's rare. I can't do that with many records. So I have to tie them.
The Kid Daytona: My favorite sophomore album is It Was Written by Nas. That's actually my favorite Nas album.
To me, and you have to understand, when Illmatic came out, I was nine or ten years old. So I didn't really digest a lot of those lyrics [the way an older listener would]. I was really coming up and paying attention to what was going on. And when It Was Written came out, I was listening to Wu-Tang, Biggie and everybody. I just remember when "The Message" came on and he snapped his fingers. And then the "If I Ruled The World" video came out and it was just epic. Plus you had Lauryn Hill [as a guest feature], who was incredible at the time.
That was actually the first album that I bought with my own allowance. I just remember listening to it and me and all of my homies were sitting around the boom box listening to it all day, everyday.
I remember the song, "I Gave You Power" and the analogy with all of that stuff. Me and my friends were just thinking Nas was the most incredible rapper ever in life. That's why he's my favorite rapper to this day.
Debut: Illmatic (1994) Billboard Top 200 Chart: No. 12
First Week Sales: 59,000 copies
Sophomore: It Was Written (1996) Billboard Top 200 Chart: No. 1
First Week Sales: 268,000 copies
Certification: Double Platinum
You Tell Us: What do you think of It Was Written?
Be sure to check back tomorrow to find out R&B veteran Syleena Johnson's favorite sophomore album.
Check out It Was Written below: