It Ain’t Hard to Tell

It Ain’t Hard to Tell

Nas

Following the 1992 release of “Halftime” for the Zebrahead soundtrack, “It Ain’t Hard To Tell” was released as the lead single for Illmatic. Large Professor produced the track around a sample of Michael Jackson’s 1982 hit single “Human Nature.” Large Professor also produced a popular remix of the track, which was initially released on the single but later included on the 2002 EP From Illmatic to Stillmatic: The Remixes.

An alternate version of “It Ain’t Hard To Tell” was titled “Nas Will Prevail” and featured on Nas' demo tape.

Nas provided some background information on “It Ain’t Hard to Tell” in the following video:

Nas also breaks down “It Ain’t Hard to Tell” with Harvard Poetry Professor Elisa New: