Vol. 1-In My Lifetime (Explicit Version) CD (1997)

Artist: Jay-Z

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Product Overview


Label Uni/def Jam
SKU 60115603
UPC 731453639225
UPC 14 00731453639225
Format CD
Release Date 11/4/1997
Author Jay-Z
Compilation Appearance Paper Trail [PA]
Associated Artist/Work Bleek, Memphis
Associated Artist/Work Bloodfire
Associated Artist/Work Cent, 50
Associated Artist/Work Dre, Dr.
Associated Artist/Work Jeezy, Young
Associated Artist/Work Killah, Ghostface
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Sean, Big
Associated Artist/Work Tapemasters, Inc.
Artist Influence 2Pac
Artist Influence Doug E. Fresh
Artist Influence EPMD
Artist Influence Eric B. & Rakim
Artist Influence Gang Starr
Artist Influence Kool G Rap
Artist Influence Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
Artist Influence LL Cool J
Artist Influence Main Source
Artist Influence Marley Marl
Artist Influence Rakim
Artist Influence Run-D.M.C.
Artist Influence Slick Rick
Artist Contemporary 50 Cent
Artist Contemporary AZ
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Artist Contemporary Clipse
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Artist Contemporary The Diplomats
Artist Contemporary The Notorious B.I.G.
Artist Follower Aesop Rock
Artist Follower Bas
Artist Follower Devin
Artist Follower DMX
Artist Follower Drag-On
Artist Follower Earl Sweatshirt
Artist Follower Fabolous
Artist Follower Far East Movement
Artist Follower Freeway
Artist Follower Guilty Simpson
Artist Follower J. Cole (Rap)
Artist Follower Ja Rule
Artist Follower Jean Grae
Artist Follower Joe Budden
Artist Follower Kanye West
Artist Follower Lil' Cease
Artist Follower Meek Mill
Artist Follower Memphis Bleek
Artist Follower Ms. Jade
Artist Follower Sauce Money
Artist Follower T.I.
Artist Follower The Murderers
Artist Follower The Neptunes
Artist Follower Trip Lee (rap)
Artist Follower Young Jeezy
Technical Info
CatalogID 536392
Lable Name Def Jam (USA)
Released 11/04/1997
Original Release 1997
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 58m : 0s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00731453639225
Musical Guests
Foxy Brown
Lil' Kim
Sauce Money
Too $hort
Puff Daddy
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Jay-Z, Foxy Brown, Lil' Kim, Too Short (rap vocals); Babyface, Karen Anderson, Kelly Price (vocals); Teddy Riley, Stevie J (various instruments); Chad Hugo (saxophone); George Fontenette (keyboards); DJ Premiere (scratches); Earth (background vocals); BlackStreet, Sauce Money.
Producers include: Premiere, Teddy Riley, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence, Daven "Prestige" Vanderpool.
Engineers include: Eddie Sancho, Teddy Riley, S. Ghenea.
Principally recorded in New York, New York.
Personnel: Karen Anderson, Kelly Price (vocals); Chad Hugo (saxophone); George Fontenette (keyboards); DJ Premier (scratches); Earth (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Commissioner Gordon; Doug Wilson; Eddie Sancho ; George Meyers; Joe Quinde; Lane Craven; Michael Patterson ; Richard Travali; Serban Ghenea; Teddy Riley; Tony Maserati .
Recording information: D & D Studio, New York, NY; Daddy's House, New York, NY; Future Recording Studios, Virginia Beach, VA; Soundtrack Studio, New York, NY.
Photographer: Jonathan Mannion.
Jay-Z's critically acclaimed debut album REASONABLE DOUBT earned him much respect as an MC. At the time, it was one of the few albums to contain not only true displays of lyrical skills but slammin' beats all the way through. After experiencing blow-up success with his first release, Jay-Z follows with IN MY LIFETIME, VOL. 1, the first in what would be a three volume set.
IN MY LIFETIME, VOL. 1 introduces the hip-hop audience to a more diverse Jay-Z. Still lyrically gifted, Jay-Z has experimented more this time, sampling popular records such as "You Belong To The City" on "The City Is Mine," and collaborating with superstars such as Babyface on "(Always Be My) Sunshine." In addition, there is still a dose of that hard-core underground Jay-Z music on tracks like "Streets Is Watching" and "Friend Or Foe '98."
Artist Overview
Embodying the rags-to-riches rap dream, Jay-Z pulled himself up by his bootstraps to become the reigning rapper of New York City. Beginning with his 1996 debut, Reasonable Doubt, Jay-Z's albums sold millions with each release, and his hits made him omnipresent on urban radio. He retained a strongly devoted fan base and challenged whatever rivals attempted to oust him from atop the rap game, sparring most memorably with Nas. Jay-Z and his Roc-a-Fella associates greatly influenced the industry and established many of the trends that pervaded hip-hop during the 2000s and 2010s. ~ Jason Birchmeier
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (11/28/97, p.85) - "...His phrasing shifts often, and he mixes jokes with visceral descriptions, stealing the spotlight from guests like BLACKstreet, Puff Daddy, Babyface, and Foxy Brown. We've heard these gangster tales before, but Jay-Z shows you don't need to do anything new, as long as you do it better." - Rating: B
Q (12/00, p.144) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Calls on Blackstreet and Puff Daddy....It couldn't fail: the epitome of mainstream hip hop, and intentionally so."
The Source (12/97, p.180) - 4 Mics (out of 5) - "...Jay-Z emerges victorious....IN MY LIFETIME VOL. 1 just might be a new beginning for one of rap's most promising careers."
Disc 1
1 Intro / A Million And One Questions / Rhyme No More
2 City Is Mine, The - (featuring Blackstreet)
3 I Know What Girls Like - (featuring Puff Daddy/Lil' Kim)
4 Imaginary Player
5 Streets Is Watching
6 Friend Or Foe '98
7 Lucky Me
8 Sunshine, (Always Be My) - (featuring Babyface/Foxy Brown)
9 Who U Wit II
10 Face Off - (featuring Sauce Money)
11 Real Niggaz - (featuring Too Short)
12 Rap Game/Crack Game
13 Where I'm From
14 You Must Love Me
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