Vol. 3-Life & Times Of S.Carte (Explicit Version) CD (1999)

Artist: Jay-Z

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Jay-Z has returned to the streets on his fourth album Vol. 3: Life and Times of S. Carter. These are hard rapping tracks with notable rhymes. The album is much more lively and raw energy than its predecessor, and almost as consistently entertaining as his best album.


Label Uni/def Jam
SKU 60376027
UPC 731454682220
UPC 14 00731454682220
Format CD
Release Date 12/28/1999
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.
Technical Info
CatalogID 546822
Lable Name Roc-A-Fella (USA)
Released 12/28/1999
Original Release 1999
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 71m : 5s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00731454682220
Musical Guests
Mariah Carey
Beanie Sigel
Memphis Bleek
Dr. Dre
Album Notes and Credits
This CD features hidden bonus tracks.
Personnel includes: Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, Amil, Mariah Carey, Juvenile, Memphis Bleek, UGK, Dr. Dre (vocals); Fingaz (keyboards).
Producers include: K Rob, DJ Premier, Rockwilder, Clue, DURO.
Engineers include: Chauncey Mahan, Eddie Sancho, Jimmy Douglass.
VOL. 3... LIFE & TIMES OF S. CARTER nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Rap Album and "Big Pimpin' was nominated for Best Rap Performance By A Duo or Group.
On his fourth solo release, VOL. 3...LIFE AND TIMES OF S. CARTER, Jay-Z keeps his lyrics laced up with as many jewels as his wrists. Though he's one of hip-hop's most street-connected rappers, Jay manages his commercial success well, a trait that this album makes clear. The Rockwilder-produced "Do It Again," which features labelmate Beanie Siegel, seems destined to find a place in club mixes with its energetic beat and catchy phrases. Jay Hova joins forces with down-south kings U.G.K. for "Big Pimpin'," a Timbaland-produced gem. Other guest artists include Missy Elliott and Cash Money's Juvenile. With VOL. 3...LIFE AND TIMES OF S. CARTER, Jigga takes time away from ghostwriting for other rappers to show off some of his own skills.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (2/3/00, p.58) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...his strongest album to date, with music that's filled with catchy hooks, rump-shaking beats and lyrics fueled by Jay's hustler's vigilance....life is good for Jigga..."
Entertainment Weekly (1/14/00, pp.73-4) - "...[The album] reconnects with the people who ride those run-down trains [which] run through his Brooklyn neighborhood...with flair....The key track is 'Come and Get Me' in which [he] stares down the playa hatas over [beats] by Timbaland..." - Rating: B
CMJ (1/24/00, p.30) - "...one of the most prolific hip-hop artists of our time....[delivers] a solid collection of mix-tape-ready gems that bring all coastal styles and aesthetics to the Brooklyn borough..."
The Source (3/00, p.256) - 4 mics out of 5 - "...[Jigga] reveals why he is the most influential hip-hop artist alive today. Songs like 'So Ghetto,' 'Do It Again' and 'Come and Get Me' highlight [his] uncanny ability to transform bumpin' tracks into cleverly crafted hip-hop anthems..."
NME (Magazine) (2/19/00, p.33) - 7 out of 10 - "...a series of uptempo party tunes much leavened by threats to the masculinity of competitors, as [he] uses his pen to cast himself as 'Dope Man', hustler, pimp and teacher....intelligent...Jay-Z spits venom one minute and cool out the next."
Disc 1
1 Hova Song - (intro)
2 So Ghetto
3 Do It Again (Put Ya Hands Up) - (featuring Beanie Sigel/Amil)
4 Dope Man
5 Things That U Do - (featuring Mariah Carey)
6 It's Hot (Some Like It Hot)
7 Snoopy Track - (featuring Juvenile)
8 S. Carter - (featuring Amil)
9 Pop 4 Roc - (featuring Beanie Sigel/Memphis Bleek/Amil)
10 Watch Me - (featuring Dr. Dre)
11 Big Pimpin' - (featuring UGK)
12 There's Been A Murder
13 Come And Get Me
14 Nymp
15 Hova Song - (outro)

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