In My Lifetime, Volume 1

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16 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Intro / A Million and One Questions / Rhyme No More 3:21 1,457
2 The City Is Mine (feat. Blackstreet) 4:03 7,840
3 I Know What Girls Like (feat. Puff Daddy & Lil' Kim) 4:50 4,847
4 Imaginary Player 3:57 32,115
5 Streets Is Watching 3:59 33,915
6 Friend Or Foe '98 2:09 39,138
7 Lucky Me 5:00 23,416
8 (Always Be My) Sunshine 4:43 10,165
9 Who You Wit II 4:30 22,532
10 Face Off (feat. Sauce Money) 3:31 3,770
11 Real Niggaz (feat. Too Short) 5:07 2,677
12 Rap Game / Crack Game 2:40 8,092
13 Where I'm From 4:27 28,466
14 You Must Love Me 5:48 18,012
15 Wishing on a Star (D. Influence remix) 5:54 158
16 Wishing On A Star (Track Masters Remix) 3:56 1,816

About this album

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 Doubt such as DJ Premier and Ski contribute to a limited number of beats on this album, though the majority of the production is handled by beatmakers from Puff Daddy’s Bad Boy label, giving the album a generally glossier sound than its predecessor. It displayed a shift from the mafioso rap themes of his first effort to the so called “jiggy” era of late 90’s hip-hop, often credited to videos and albums from Puff Daddy and his Bad Boy record label’s roster of artists including Notorious B.I.G.

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  • SimonePerrota

    Face Off = one of Jay's most underrated early songs...

    4 Sep 2012 Reply
  • 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.

    16 Aug 2012 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    this is one of his better albums, easily...

    20 Feb 2012 Reply
  • rg_gapa

    27 May 2011 Reply
  • Dominicanbred

    i love this album

    2 Jul 2010 Reply
  • 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.

    29 May 2009 Reply
  • TuNa_DriNk

    worst jay-z album but it still not bad.

    27 Dec 2008 Reply
  • notorious_jeb

    underrated album

    13 Jun 2008 Reply

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