If I Ruled the World (Imagine That) by Nas feat. Lauryn Hill - discover this song's samples, covers and remixes on WhoSampled. Directed by Hype Williams. With Nas, Lauryn Hill. Nas performs with Lauryn Hill in the music video "If I Ruled the World" from the album "It Was Written" recorded for Columbia Records. The music video opens with Nas and Lauryn Hill standing on a platform as they are being driven on roads through a busy city. Nas sings while clips of people throughout the city play throughout/10(7). Jan 06, · In the song, “If I Ruled the World,” contemporary artist NAS (Nasir Jones) raps together with the accompaniment of Lauryn Hills. This beautiful piece of music is considered to be a classic rap, as it was released in In this song, NAS shows through colorful use of language and melody what he would call a perfect world.