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If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)

"If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)" is a single by Nas featuring Lauryn Hill, released on June 4, 1996.[1] Produced by Trackmasters, with some uncredited input by Rashad Smith, it is based on the 1985 hit of the same name by rapper Kurtis Blow and samples the beat of "Friends" by Whodini. The single was Nas's first Top 20 R&B hit, and was also nominated for a 1997 Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance. Lauryn Hill's verse interpolates the song "Walk Right Up To The Sun" by The Delfonics. The song's lyrics feature Nas discussing the various things he would do if he "ruled the world and everything in it". It is considered one of the greatest rap songs of all time by many publications.[citation needed] It was also ranked 88 on XXL's Best Songs of the 90's.

"If I Ruled the World"
Nas - If I Ruled the World (Imagine That).jpg
Single by Nas featuring Lauryn Hill
from the album It Was Written
ReleasedJune 4, 1996
FormatCD single
Recorded1995
Genre
Length4:42
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Nasir Jones
Producer(s)Trackmasters
Rashad Smith
Nas singles chronology
"One Love"
(1994)
"If I Ruled the World"
(1996)
"Street Dreams"
(1996)
Lauryn Hill singles chronology
"If I Ruled The World (Imagine That)"
(1996)
"All My Time"
(1997)
Audio
"If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)" on YouTube
"If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)" (radio edit) on YouTube

"If I Ruled the World", bolstered by a high-budget music video directed by Hype Williams and designed by visual artist and designer Ron Norsworthy, became Nas's first single to gain mainstream notice. The single reached number 53 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, number 17 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, and number 15 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart.

Single track listingEdit

US 12" VinylEdit

A-SideEdit

  1. "If I Ruled the World" (Main Mix) (4:42)
  2. "If I Ruled the World" (Instrumental) (4:34)

B-SideEdit

  1. "If I Ruled the World" (Clean Mix) (4:42)
  2. "If I Ruled the World" (A Cappella) (4:42)

Europe Maxi-CD (COL 663296 2)Edit

  1. "If I Ruled the World (Imagine That) (Main Mix)" (4:45)
  2. "If I Ruled the World (Imagine That) (Instrumental)" (4:36)
  3. "If I Ruled the World (Imagine That) (Clean Mix)" (4:45)
  4. "If I Ruled the World (Imagine That) (A Cappella)" (4:42)

Europe CD (COL 663296 1)Edit

  1. "If I Ruled the World (Imagine That) (Main Mix)"
  2. "If I Ruled the World (Imagine That) (Instrumental)"

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
France (SNEP)[24] Gold 250,000*
Germany (BVMI)[25] Gold 250,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[26] Gold 5,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
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  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Nas – If I Ruled The World" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Nas – If I Ruled The World" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  6. ^ "Lescharts.com – Nas – If I Ruled The World" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  7. ^ "Musicline.de – Nas Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  8. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (NR. 188 Vikuna 21.9. - 27.9. '96)" (PDF) (in Icelandic). Dagblaðið Vísir. Retrieved July 21, 2018. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  9. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 38, 1996" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Nas – If I Ruled The World" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  11. ^ "Charts.nz – Nas – If I Ruled The World". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  12. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Nas – If I Ruled The World". VG-lista. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  13. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  14. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Nas – If I Ruled The World". Singles Top 100. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  15. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Nas – If I Ruled The World". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  16. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  17. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  18. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  19. ^ "Nas Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  20. ^ "Nas Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  21. ^ "Nas Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  22. ^ "Top 100 Single-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  23. ^ "End of Year Charts 1996". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  24. ^ "French single certifications – Nas – If I Ruled The World" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  25. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Nas; 'If I Ruled The World')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  26. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Nas – If I Ruled the World". Recorded Music NZ.

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