With two decades as a major figure in the industry, rapper Nas’ careers has become the stuff of legends in Hip Hop lore. Now, in a recent list, Complex unearths 50 little known facts about the legendary emcee.
In a recent article, Complex offered up 50 facts about the Queensbridge emcee’s lengthy career. According to the list, Nas’ It Was Written was supposed to be produced by Marley Marl, while “Live Nigga Rap” was originally intended for Mobb Deep’s Hell on Earth.
“‘Live Nigga Rap’ was originally Mobb Deep’s record for Hell on Earth, but Nas bought it from them so he could use it on It Was Written,” reads the article. The list continues with tidbits like, “It Was Written was supposed to be produced entirely by Marley Marl, but the idea fell through when Nas heard unfinished songs on the radio,” and “The original version of ‘Ether’ featured the line, ‘It should’ve been you in that plane crash’—referring to the plane crash Aaliyah died in.”
Check out the full list over at Complex.