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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
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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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Jay-Z ~ Vol. 3-Life & Times Of S.Carte

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
It's been a long time coming for Jay-Z. His award-winning Vol. 2...Hard Knock Life was what he needed to get more acclaim (and money). Now he thinks he can take on the world.
Vol. 3, Life and Times of S. Carter is a mixed bag, mainly because Jay now thinks that since he got your attention, he doesn't have to try as hard to please you. He doesn't try at all with songs like "S. Carter", "Pop 4 Roc", and "Snoopy Track", where above average lyrics are met with iffy production. "Watch Me" is equally uninspired (well, lyrically, anyway) and it features Dr. Dre making the hook out of Jay's line from Biggie's "I Love the Dough". This marks the second time Dre raps something that came from Jay-Z (see "Still D.R.E." off his Dr. Dre 2001 album).
But there are great songs on here that just stand out, like the Primo-produced "So Ghetto", "There's Been a Murder", which cleverly samples Alana Davis' "Murder", and the high point, the Timberland-produced "Come and Get Me": "No kids/But trust me I know how to raise a gun". This is classic Jay-Z for real.
Halfway decent songs are the ones he released like "Do It Again" and "Big Pimpin'", but on the latter you can't front on UGK's dominating appearance and legit rhymes. This album would be better if it included the left-out songs like "Is That Yo B" and "People's Court" (sub-par reworkings of those songs can be found on Memphis Bleek's The Understanding and DJ Clue's Backstage Hard Knock Life soundtrack album, respectively).
This album isn't totally bad, but it isn't totally good either. Most of the songs won't even make you want to quote his lyrics or sing along. At least Jay-Z makes a good comeback a year later with his Dynasty album.
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When this CD came out, it automatically made Jay-Z my favorite rapper by far. I don't think that anything compares to this album. I don't think I've heard a more catchy rap CD and over 2 years later I'm still pumping this one in my car while "Blueprint" gather's dust and I don't even keep "Dynasty" in my car. This CD is pure quality with not just Jay-Z rapping at his best, but the collaborations actually collaborate. Each guest on this album is essential to the track and no talent is wasted. Personally, Reasonable Doubt, I think, is overrated because of the Old-School factor. Volume 1 pumps almost as much as this one. Volume 2 was definetly classic. Like I said, this CD is his prime and I don't think it's going to get any better. It seems like it's just going to be silly "Neptunes" guitar riffs and R. Kelly from this point forward. This CD is definetly the highest point of Jigga's flow, track music, and ghetto style. I hope I'm wrong but I don't think this one will ever be matched.
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Jay-Z's third album "Vol. 3...Life & Times Of S. Carter"
was his most intresting in my opinion.It's not as prolific as
his celebrated 1996 debut,"Reasonable Doubt",not as lackluster
as 1997's "In My Lifetime,Vol. 1",not as pop-y as 1998's
"Vol.2...Hard Knock Life",not as all-over-the-place as 2000's
"The Dynasty:Roc La Familia(2000-)",or not as masterful as
2001's "The Blueprint".It's just Jigga streching out his talent.
For better or worse.
"Life"'s intial first single,the sturdy Rockwilder-produced
anthem "Do It Again"(featuring Amil and Beanie Sigel) is way
better than 2000's eager-to-please Neptunes-helmed banger
"I Just want To Love You" and the Middle Eastern sythn squeals
of Timbaland's compostion for the MTV smash "Big Pimpin'" also
are Jay at his best.Showcasing his sophiscated rhymes and his
pop smarts.
Yet,"Vol. 3" falters on many tracks though.The jingle
"Pop 4 Roc" is basically a predictible showcase of Jay's
Roc-A-Fella crew(the promising Beanie Sigel;the underdevolped
Memphis Bleek,and the short-lived Amil) and the title track
is kinda mundane.
To put a long story short,"Vol. 3" has too much filler.
But there is one track on this album that shows the best of Jay-Z.It's the Timbaland-produced parania-riddled "come And Get Me".
It's nervous rhymes and Jay speaking wearily is so tight.
"Come And Get Me" has to be one of Jay's all time best songs.
and you buy this album for one song,it has to be this one.
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By A Customer on Sept. 30 2000
Format: Audio CD
this is definitely jay-z's best album, it blows away dmx's cd. this cd had some hot a$$ songs, starting with "so ghetto" which was produced by dj premier is a tight song, good way to start the album. "do it again" i thought was a tight song, sigel tears this song up. "dope man" is also a very good song, he raps about being in court and on trial, and he prevails in the end. "things that you do" was produced by swizz, im not sure if i really like the beat, its kinda gay sounding, but its catchy too. "its hot" is kind of a slow song but its one that stays in your head all day, timbaland produced it(best producer in the business). "snoopy track" is produced by timbaland too, and the beat on this song is tight, also juvenile was the perfect guy to do the chorus. "s.carter" didnt care for this song, the one weak song on the album. "pop 4 roc" is a pretty good song, hes got bleek, sigel, and amil to help on this song. "watch me" is one of the best songs on the album, i wish dre would have rapped more than just the chorus, but still tight. "big pimpin" also one of the best songs on the album, again timbaland produced. "i think theres been a murder" is decent, nothing real special. "come and get me" this is my favorite track, timbaland produced this track to, he changes the beat up after about a minute into the song, both beats are tight, and jay-z got tight lyrics on this too, hot, hot song. "nymp" also a decent song. and then the too hidden tracks "jigga my nigga", and "girls best friend" are tight songs. definitely his best album, and definitely worth picking up.
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