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In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 is the second studio album by American rapper Jay-Z, released November 4, 1997 on Roc-A-Fella Records. Despite mixed criticism towards its more mainstream-oriented sound and lyrical substance, the album debuted at number 3 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and was certified platinum in sales by the RIAA in the United States. The album features guest contributions by Foxy Brown, Babyface, Blackstreet, Teddy Riley, Too $hort, Lil' Kim, and Puff Daddy. Producers for Reasonable… read more



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  • Avatar for SimonePerrota
    Face Off = one of Jay's most underrated early songs...
  • Avatar for DickBigems
    His worst album? Hell naw, some of his best songs on this joint. Many of the tracks seem like they could easily fit on Reasonable Doubt and he was still on the same level lyrically. The only thing was the influx of guest appearances from Diddy to Too Short to Foxy Brown which are probably the low points of the album (verse-wise anyway). "The City is Mine" has a strange chorus, but if you get over that it's a pretty good song. The best song on the album in my opinion is the shortest - "Friend or Foe '98". DJ Premier really outdid himself on this album, it's interesting to think that if he produced the entire album it might have been better than Reasonable Doubt. If Jay excluded a few tracks ("I Know What Girls Like" & "Faceoff" for prime examples) and added like one or two more in their place produced by such producers as Premo or Ski this would definitely be viewed as a "classic", but I guess this will forever be an album most of Jay-Z's fans write off.
  • Avatar for SimonePerrota
    this is one of his better albums, easily...
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  • Avatar for Dominicanbred
    i love this album
  • Avatar for Andre_3K
    This is far from Hov's worst album. It's amazing except for a few slip ups like I Know What Girls Like.
  • Avatar for TuNa_DriNk
    worst jay-z album but it still not bad.
  • Avatar for notorious_jeb
    underrated album

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