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  • Audio CD (Nov. 11 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0000024MU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews
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1. Intro/A Million And One Questions/Rhyme No More
2. The City Is Mine
3. I Know What Girls Like
4. Imaginary Player
5. Streets Is Watching
6. Friend Or Foe 98
7. Lucky Me
8. (Always Be My) Sunshine
9. Who You Wit II
10. Face Off
11. Real Niggaz
12. Rap Game/Crack Game
13. Where I'm From
14. You Must Love Me

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Vol. 1 - In My Lifetime

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Format: Audio CD
After releasing a critically alclaimed hit with "Reasonable Doubt" and having one of his best friends pass (The Notorious B.I.G.) Jay-Z came out in late 1997 with an excellent sophmore release "In my Lifetime Volume 1". The album is far different then his first, with more full beats and a different style of lyrics. For this album, he was lyrically more focused on becoming the best after the passing of his friend, then story tales of the hustle which were heard more often on the previous album. Not to say all his lyrics were of a self proclaimed nature on becoming the best, he still brought it hard on songs such as "Streets is Watching" which lyrics stem to the title, and "Where I'm From" which has Jigga talking about life in the Marcy Projects in Brooklyn. My favorite track on the album is "Imaginary Player" which has a beat which sounds a lot like one from "Reasonable Doubt" but the lyrics are different then what you would hear on that album. Again the title pretty much sums up the lyrics and they are about people who think they are of Jay's status when they are not, Jigga's voice works perfectly over the beat and he spits the lyrics in a nice easy going flow which add to the excellence of the song. Another great song from the album is "City is Mine" featuring Blackstreet and production from member Teddy Riley. The song has Jigga proclaiming himself king of New York and the rap game after the passing of Biggie. Jigga also has some revealing tracks with softer beats, "Lucky Me" being one of them, and one of the better tracks on the album "You Must Love Me" being the other. This song really brings out some inner feelings from Jay, and the beat and soulful chourus add to it. "Sunshine", which was hated on for being an attempt at a pop crossover, is actually in my opinion a very good track.Read more ›
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Format: Audio CD
In my opinion this album was a great follow up to the classic debut "Reasonable Doubt", but there are a few flaws. For the most part Jay-Z does a great job recreating the magic that made his debut album so amazing. There are a lot of great songs on this album, some of Jay-Z's best work, if I could I would give this 4 and a half stars because there are only a few things wrong with it. Here's the problem, first of all "I Know What Girls Like" is probably the worst song Jay-Z has ever made and should have been left off the album. Second, someone decided to put the clean version of "Streets Is Watching" on here instead of the real version, if I wanted to here the clean version I would have bought the clean the clean version of the album. Lastly, since the album is called "In My Lifetime" Jay-Z should have put that song on here, or even the remix version that's on the "Streets Is Watching" soundtrack, but neither can be found here. Other than those flaws this is a great album, I'd say that this is Jay-Z's 3rd best CD (after Reasonable Doubt & The Blueprint). This album is a must have for any Jay-Z fan.
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In My Lifetime Vol. 1 is Jay-Z's 3rd best album after Reasonable Doubt and Blueprint respectively. This album is very underrated for the simple fact that it came out after the classic RD and before Jay's "blow up" album Vol. 2 Hard Knock Life. A lot of the tracks here are pretty good and as always Jigga has his lyrics on point. Now for the track by track breakdown. The number after the description is based on a 1 to 5 scale with one being the worst.
1. A Million and One Questions - A very good track. Premo laced Jay with a sick beat for this track. This track had Jay-Z's best intro on any LP until the Dynasty album came out. (5)
2. The City is Mine - This track is hot. I love the mellow beat and it makes me feel calm everytime I hear it. I think on this one Jay was making a statement telling everyone how he was about to take over the rap game (which he has now accomplished). (4.5)
3. I Know What Girls Like - The worst track on the album in my opinion. Even Lil' Kim's appearance can't help this track's annoying beat and the weak topic. This is one of the tracks that prevent this album from being a classic. (2.5)
4. Imaginary Player - An excellent track. It has a real street feel to it. Jay raps about wearing white air force ones and platinum jewelry way back in 1997 when most of the nation was still wearing Reeboks and gold chains. Jay definitely proves himself to be a trendsetter in the rap game, not to mention that the flow is sick on this one. (5)
5. Streets is Watching - This track is one of Jay's more hardcore tracks. He talks about how the streets see and talk about whatever you do. So watch your actions. (5)
6. Friend or Foe '98 - A humorous track, it will make you laugh everytime you hear it. (3.5)
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Format: Audio CD
it's one of the best Jay-Z album!
Better than Vol.2&3, just below Blueprint and as good as Dynasty!
so it's one of the Jay-Z Top 3 album!
I don't know why people underrate it!
start with "A Million and One Questions/Rhyme No More",
it's one of my FAVORITE JAY-Z SONG!!! A True Hip Hop Gem!!!
"The City Is Mine" is a tribute to Biggie! I don't know why people don't like this song and its beat!
"I Know What Girls Like" is another song that people HATE, I think this song is nice,
although the beat is seems agony & repeated, but I still feel the beat is head banging!!!
"Imaginary Player" is a Great Song, very nice!!!
"Street is Watching" is one of the best song in here!
"Friend or Foe '98" is HOT but SHORT!
"Lucky Me" is a nice song, I really LOVE it!
"Sunshine" have a funny beat I think, quite nice!
"Who You Wit 2" "Face Off" and "Real Niggaz" are some so-so songs, a downfall of this album!
all 3/5
"Rap Game/Crack Game" have sample Nas' Voice, it's a Great song but it's Short too!
"Where I'm From" the Beat make me sleep....Zzzzzz
"You Must Love Me" GOOD Love Song!
"Wishing On A Star" have nice beat and nice Chorus!
Overall, A REALLY Nice Jay-Z album,
Must Have for Jay-Z Fans!
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