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Chapter One [Import, Best of, Explicit Lyrics]

Jay Z Audio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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1. It's A Hard Knock Life
2. You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else
3. You Belong To The City
4. Much Too Much
5. Imaginary Playmate
6. Weak At The Knees
7. I Got The
8. "Contains A Portion Of The Audio From The Motion Picture Entitled ""Sleepers"""
9. Fly Girl
10. I Know What Boys Like
11. Dreams Of Tomorrow
12. The World Is Yours
13. Fool's Paradise
14. Hard Knock Life
15. Wishing On A Star
16. Sunshine
17. The City Is Mine
18. Can't Knock The Hustle
19. Ain't No Nigga
20. Imaginary Player
See all 30 tracks on this disc

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Jay Z's career thus far has been an object lesson in not giving up, as despite seemingly going nowhere with Roc A Fella records in the early days, he persisted until breaking through with "Hard Knock Life" and going on to team up with Def Jam. Loved and derided in equal measure, the song provided the springboard from which he would never look back. Chapter One is a useful retrospective then, proving that he doesn't need to sample a sappy musical to produce music of a high quality. Taking tracks from Reasonable Doubt, In My Lifetime Vol 1 and Hard Knock Life Vol 2, of particular note is "Can't Knock The Hustle" featuring Mary J Blige, an early example of his promise. A competent performance from Puff Daddy is also present, on "I Know What Girls Like", and "Can I Get A...." featuring Ja Rule is a genuine foot stomper. Jay Z's rhyming, while never particularly inspired, is better than competent and always consistent, a rare feat in itself. --Chris Blenkarn

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'Chapter One' represents the Jay Z story so far, taking a trip through his early work. Includes his smash hits, 'Hard Knock Life', 'Can't Knock The Hustle' (feat. Mary J Blige), 'Ain't No Nigga' & many more. In addition this import collection also features, 'Wishing On A Star', 'Sunshine', 'The City Is Mine', 'Imaginary Player', 'Money Ain't A Thang', 'Can I Get A....', 'Streets Is Watching', 'Money, Cash, Ho's' plus the bonus tracks 'Wishing On A Star' (D' Influence Remix), 'Can't Knock The Hustle' (Fools Paradise Remix feat. Melissa Morgan) & 'Ain't No Nigga' (Rae & Christian Remix feat. Foxy Brown). 17 tracks in all. BMG. 2002.

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3.0 out of 5 stars The wrong tracks were chosen for this April 23 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album came out after Jay-Z's widely successful Hard Knock Life LP. Jay is my favorite mc but to be honest with you I have to ask who chose the tracks that were put on this disc? Granted, there are some of Jay's best songs (at this point in his career) on there. Songs like "Dead Presidents II", "Imaginary Player" and "Feelin' It" were great selections. Other songs just make this a terrible compilation. Songs like the three remixes at the end of the album and "Sunshine" should not be on here. I can't believe they even put the HORRIBLE "I Know What Girls Like" on here. That song is almost unbearable to listen to. To make things even worse half of the songs here are the radio versions. Nobody wants to hear radio edits on a Greatest Hits album. For Jay's older and true fans he should have added songs like "D'Evils", "Where I'm From" and "Brooklyn's Finest". I've been listening to Jay since his first 12" single dropped in '95 but this is one of his cds that I will never buy. Do yourself a favor and just get Reasonable Doubt and Vol. 1 In My Lifetime instead of this. If you want a good Greatest Hits compilation then you would be better off making it yourself. Hopefully Jay's next Greatest Hits compilation will focus more on what are his best songs and not just the most appealing ones.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Should've been better Nov. 26 2002
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Who ever decided to put certain tracks on this album did a good job, considering almost every Jigga classic is on this one CD. I just don't understand how they could leave out Jay-Z's collabo with his mentor Biggie on "Brooklyn's Finest". That is probably the best Jay-Z songs ever.
Also, another downside to the album is that almost half the songs are the radio-edit version. I'm sorry but edited tracks do not belong on a greatest hits compilation.
If you may have noticed, a lot of the songs are from Vol. 2...Hard Knock Life. That isn't necessarily a bad thing though. That is probably my 2nd favorite Jay-Z LP (behind Reasonable Doubt)
If you ask me, you're better off leaving this one on the shelves, cuz it realy isn't worth the buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A question... Aug. 3 2002
Format:Audio CD
Hey guys I was just wondering... on reasonable doubt, the track listing says Dead Presidents II. So I always thought that a dead prez I existed, but was only released on the single. Is this true??? And if it is, which version is on here? (1 or 2). I've been trying to hunt down the single for more than a year, so I could hear the original version, but if it's on this cd, then I can just get this! Thank you for your help, I appreciate it.
Tom
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4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it if you're a Jay-Z fan July 9 2002
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Format:Audio CD
But do not get this album if you are trying to convert Jay-Z haters, or introducing someone to Jay-Z for the first time. I am a die hard Jay-Z fan, that's why I have to be tough on this album here. The best part about this album is the jacket where they talk about Jay-Z's biography. As far as the content, they do a fairly good job of selecting songs. You can't expect a Jay-Z greatest hits album to contain the very best classics, like Brooklyn's Finest, D'Evils, It's like that, If I die, A Million Questions, etc. They basically chose most of his commercial hits, which is fine. Track 2, Wishing on a star, was a pleasant surprise, and so was Track 16, the remix of can't knock the hustle - the beat on Track 16 is street, i like it. The best track to cherish on the album is of course Imaginary Player, as the first verse on that is so tight (anybody on Wall Street or in corporate America HAS to appreciate what this guy is saying on this track). Track 10 (Streets is Watchin) should have followed track 7 (Imaginary Player), as that is the sequence on Volume 1 and it's like, that's what you expect.
One HUGE mistake this album makes is the abridged Can't Knock the hustle. They cut out the best parts - a huge disappointment.
In a nutshell do what I did. Listen to this album while you're roadtrippin and just want to relax with some Jay-Z. Don't listen to it when you need a serious dosage of Jay-Z lyricism and introspection.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It could have been better.... April 7 2002
Format:Audio CD
Who ever decided to put certain tracks on this album did a good job, considering almost every Jigga classic is on this one CD. I just don't understand how they could leave out Jay-Z's collabo with his mentor Biggie on "Brooklyn's Finest". That is probably the best Jay-Z songs ever.
Also, another downside to the album is that almost half the songs are the radio-edit version. I'm sorry but edited tracks do not belong on a greatest hits compilation.
If you may have noticed, a lot of the songs are from Vol. 2...Hard Knock Life. That isn't necessarily a bad thing though. That is probably my 2nd favorite Jay-Z LP (behind Reasonable Doubt)
If you ask me, you're better off leaving this one on the shelves, cuz it realy isn't worth the buy.
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