Imagine smoking weed in the streets without cops harassin
Imagine going to court with no trial
Lifestyle cruising blue behind my waters
No welfare supporters more conscious of the way we raise our daughters
Days are shorter, nights are colder…
That was If I Ruled The World Nas spitting his utopian, tell-it-like-it-is verses from his second album, It Was Written (1996) – which I think is vastly superior to Illmatic. This track was one of those anthems that made the average hip-hop backpacker feel like anything was possible. Nas and Lauryn Hill shined as New York royalty making lyrical proclamations on their parade float driven by the music video maestro Hype Williams.
The song made it #20 on Billboard Hot 100 and #17