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In My Lifetime, Vol. 1
Studio album by Jay-Z
Released November 4, 1997
Recorded 1997
Genre Hip hop
Length 58:00
Label Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam
Producer Jay-Z (exec.), Damon Dash (co-executive), Kareem "Biggs" Burke (Co-Executive), The Hitmen, DJ Premier, Teddy Riley, Ski, Buckwild, Poke and Tone, Big Jaz, Daven "Prestige" Vanderpool
Professional reviews
Jay-Z chronology
Reasonable Doubt
In My Lifetime, Vol. 1
Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life
Singles from In My Lifetime, Vol. 1
  1. "Who You Wit"
    Released: May 20, 1997
  2. "(Always Be My) Sunshine"
    Released: September 16, 1997
  3. "The City Is Mine"
    Released: February 3, 1998
  4. "Wishing on a Star"
    Released: 1998

In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 is the second studio album by American rapper Jay-Z, released November 4, 1997 on Roc-a-Fella Records. Despite mixed criticism towards its more mainstream-oriented sound and lyrical substance,[11][9][12] the album debuted at number 3 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and was certified platinum in sales by the RIAA in the United States.[13][14]



The album features guest contributions by Foxy Brown, Babyface, BLACKstreet, Teddy Riley, Too $hort, Lil' Kim, and Puff Daddy.[15][12] Producers for Reasonable Doubt such as DJ Premier and Ski contribute to a limited number of beats on this album, though the majority of the production is handled by beatmakers from Puff Daddy's Bad Boy label, giving the album a generally glossier sound than its predecessor. It displayed a shift from the mafioso rap themes of his first effort to the so called "jiggy" era of late 90's hip-hop, often credited to videos and albums from Puff Daddy and his Bad Boy record label's roster of artists including Notorious B.I.G. (the first two singles from his second album were both huge pop hits) and Mase.

Track listing

# Title Producer(s) Time
1 "Intro: A Million and One Questions/Rhyme No More" DJ Premier 3:21
2 "The City Is Mine" (feat. Blackstreet) Teddy Riley & Chad Hugo 4:02
3 "I Know What Girls Like" (feat. Lil' Kim & Puff Daddy) Sean "Puffy" Combs, Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence for The Hitmen 4:50
4 "Imaginary Player" Daven "Prestige" Vanderpool for The Hitmen 3:57
5 "Streets Is Watching" Ski 3:58
6 "Friend or Foe '98" DJ Premier 2:09
7 "Lucky Me" Steven "Stevie J" Jordan for The Hitmen & Buckwild for D.I.T.C. 4:59
8 "(Always Be My) Sunshine" (feat. Foxy Brown & Babyface) Daven "Prestige" Vanderpool for The Hitmen 4:43
9 "Who You Wit II" Ski 4:29
10 "Face Off" (feat. Sauce Money) Poke and Tone 3:31
11 "Real Niggaz" (feat. Too Short) Anthony Dent 5:07
12 "Rap Game/Crack Game" Big Jaz 2:40
13 "Where I'm From" Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence for The Hitmen 4:26
14 "You Must Love Me"(feat. Kelly Price) Nashiem Myrick for The Hitmen 5:47

The Track "Streets is Watching" is edited on both the Explicit and edited versions of the album. The UK/Europe version of the album features two additional tracks, both a version of the song "Wishing on a Star". Track 15 is a D'Influence remix. Track 16 is a remix from the original producers, the Trackmasters.

Sample credits

Intro/A Million and One Questions/Rhyme No More

The City Is Mine

I Know What Girls Like

Imaginary Player

Streets Is Watching

Friend Or Foe '98

(Always Be My) Sunshine

Who You Wit II

Face Off

Rap Game/Crack Game

Where I'm From

You Must Love Me

Chart history

Chart (1997) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 3
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums 2
Year Song Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles
1997 "Who You Wit" #84 #25 #18
"(Always Be My) Sunshine" #95 #37 #16
1998 "The City Is Mine" #52 #37 #14


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  2. ^ Baker, Soren. "Review: In My Lifetime, Vol. 1". Chicago Tribune: 29. December 26, 1997. (Transcription of original review at talk page)
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide: In My Lifetime, Vol. 1". The Village Voice: February 1998.
  4. ^ Ehrlich, Dimitri. Review: In My Lifetime, Vol. 1. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 2010-02-05.
  5. ^ Hoard, Christian. "Review: In My Lifetime, Vol. 1". Rolling Stone: 424. November 2, 2004.
  6. ^ Columnist. "Review: In My Lifetime, Vol. 1". The Source: 180. December 1997.
  7. ^ Norris, Chris. "Review: In My Lifetime, Vol. 1". Spin: 105–106. February 1998.
  8. ^ Jones, Steve. "Review: In My Lifetime, Vol. 1". USA Today: 08.D. November 18, 1997. (Transcription of original review at talk page)
  9. ^ a b The Blackspot. "Review: In My Lifetime, Vol. 1". Vibe: 144. November 1997.
  10. ^ Linden, Amy. Review: In My Lifetime, Vol. 1. Yahoo! Music. Retrieved on 2010-02-05.
  11. ^ Spence D. Review: In My Lifetime, Vol. 1. IGN. Retrieved on 2010-02-05.
  12. ^ a b Shuster, Fred. "Review: In My Lifetime, Vol. 1". LA Daily News: November 21, 1997.
  13. ^ Columnist. Rappers Mase, Jay-Z, Rakim Lead Pack. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2010-02-05.
  14. ^ Gold & Platinum: Searchable Database. Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved on 2010-02-05.
  15. ^ Harrington, Richard. "Review: In My Lifetime, Vol. 1". The Washington Post: B.07. November 26, 1997.

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