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Life & Times Vol.3 Explicit Lyrics

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  • Audio CD (Dec 28 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00003NHAR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 281 customer reviews
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1. Hova Song (intro)
2. So Ghetto - Jay-Z
3. Do It Again (Put Ya Hands Up)
4. Dope Man - Jay-Z
5. Things That U Do (featuring Mariah Carey)
6. It's Hot (Some Like It Hot) - Jay-Z
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 - Jay-Z
13. Come And Get Me - Jay-Z
14. NYMP - Jay-Z
15. Hova Song (outro)

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On The Life and Times of S. Carter, Jay-Z's century-closing guaranteed-platinum album, he compares his hit-making prowess to that of Michael Jackson--the unspoken difference being that Jigga appears to be far from wearing out his commercial welcome. For good reason, too; not only is the Roc-A-Fella king maker one prolific rapper and writer, his output is of high enough quality to keep heads ringin'. While there's no single classic on the order of "Hard Knock Life" here, collaborations with Dr. Dre (the truly defiant "Watch Me"), Juvenile ("Snoopy Track"), and UGK ("Big Pimpin'") argue well for Jay-Z's continued vitality. Further proof may lie in the fact that, faced with mass bootlegging weeks before the CD's release, the Z-man added several tracks, effectively revising it at the last minute. --Rickey Wright

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Format: Audio CD
Coming off of a somewhat weak album in the form of Vol.2...Hard Knock Life, Jay-Z had to get on the ball and drop something hot. With this album, he did it to a certain extent, but not all the way. He represents at times, but he still could have put forth a much more decent effort with this album, as it was RUMORED to be his last. I got some perspective on this album, and at the time I thought it was his best. Time certainly has been kind to me and my opinions. Here's the review:
Album Highlights: So Ghetto, Do It Again, Dopeman, Watch Me, So Hot(Some Like It Hot), Big Pimpin, There's Been A Murder, and NYMP. The other songs, especially the song with WACK Juvenile, Pop 4 Roc, Girl's Best Friend, Things That U Do, and S.Carter should have been thrown in the recycle bin.
Production: Thumbs SLIGHTLY up. D.J. Premier and Timbaland come through, Swizz tracks was NOT the best beat in the world, possibly his worst, and Irv Gotti and Lil Rob's track on "Watch Me" sounds like a Dr.Dre track. Nothing to write home about here.
Lyrics and Subject Matter: Thumbs in the middle, although lyrically, he shines on So Ghetto, Do It Again, Dopeman, and So Hot.
Originality: Thumbs in the middle, leaning towards down. Nothing groundbreaking or fresh from Jigga here. Just the standard formula of going with what works.
The Last Word: Not a classic by any means, but it was a good step for Jay-Z after dropping the unbalanced Hard Knock Life. It could've been better, but you take what you can get. Overall, a good album, but I wouldn't recommend you going out of your way to get this release.
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Format: Audio CD
Don't think I'm hating on Jay-Z by giving this album only 3 stars. I've been a fan of his before "Reasonable Doubt" even dropped. I liked "Can I Get Open" with Original Flavor and Jay's first 12" single "In My Lifetime". Now for the review.
The album starts off with a solid intro called "Hova Song". Jay's flow is just perfect on this track and he also gets more arrogant than he's ever been. It's good to see he has lots of confidence in his skills. The next track is "So Ghetto" produced by the legendary DJ Premier. This track is just raw and amazing. It is the 2nd best on the entire album. Then it proceeds into the track "Do it Again" which is a club banger. I have nothing against club songs as long as the lyrics and flow are on point and Jay's flow is on point for this song. On the next track "Dope Man", Jay creates a scenario where he is going to trial for all the things he's doing in the industry. This entire song is a metaphor (if you listen closely) and is one of the best concepts Jay has ever come up with. This is the best song on this album too.
Four great tracks in a row. You'd think this was going to be one of Jay's best albums right? WRONG. This is where the album takes a nosedive in quality. The next song with Mariah Carey called "Things You Do" is just weak. The beat is weak, and even the diva Mariah Carey herself can't save this track. Thankfully the next song "It's Hot" is great. This is one of the most rugged beats Timbaland has ever produced. This is the song where Jay-Z takes 50 Cent out with one line. The rest of the track is just Jay talking about random things and it sounds like he's just displaying his lyrical abilities.
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Format: Audio CD
Volume 3: The Life and Times Of Shawn Carter turned me off of hip-hop for good. I say that because I felt this album was just pure garbage. The lyrics are boring, there is nothing exciting in these lyrics, NOTHING! The only two good tracks on there is 'dope man', and 'big pimpin' and even Dr. Dre could not save this album from being garbage.
This album is VERY overrated because of Jay-Z's popularity in the hip-hop world, and he knew that since his best two albums: Reasonable Doubt and Hard Knock Life were his best ones, this is just a lackluster in many forms, why?
The songs on this album were repeatived, the beats were JUST OUTRIGHT GARBAGE especially 'It's hot, some like it hot'.
The songs consits of stupid lyrics and beats that would make any loyal Jay-Z fan want to set it on fire, and would not piss on it to put it out. It just shows you that Jay-Z is just someone who just does not wants to take his time, make some good beats, and some good lyrics (like Eminem) and just get out of the studio and party all the time.
Dont get this album, it is a total lackluster!
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Format: Audio CD
This CD is great! Jay-Z is definatly a hip-hop superstar, and he's a great lyricist. There's nice beats on here, and great guest appearences by memphis bleek, Beanie Sigel, Amil, Dre.Dre, and UGK. This does have great tracks, and I'll rate them:
So Ghetto: Very nice in lyrics and a tight beat to fit, nice way to start the album. 5/5
Do It Again: This is nice too, and it's got a catchy chorus. 4/5
Dope Man: Really like this one. He's still got great lyrics. 5/5
Things that you do: Ah, this one is okay, not the best. I'm not a big fan of Mariah Carey. 3/5
It's Hot: Can't stop it while it's hot!!! 5/5
Snoopy Track: weird name, but a great track! Great chorus too! 5/5
S.Carter: Nice lyrics, a beat, and great chorus. 5/5
Pop 4 Roc: I don't care for this, it's not that good. 2/5
Watch Me: Great track wit Dre.Dre! 5/5
Big Pimpin: Awesome!! Love the beat, and some really tight lyrics! nice! 6/5
There's been a Murder: Love this too. It's really great. a highlight fo'sho. 5/5
Come and Get Me: Nice track, Jay-z is still sounding great. 5/5
NYMP: Haven't listened to it enough, but sounds good.
So overall, this is a tight album. You won't be disappionted. And the intro and outro are great too. definatly a classic.
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