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Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter
Studio album by Jay-Z
Released December 28, 1999
Recorded 1999
Genre Hip hop
Length 71:05
Label Roc-A-Fella/Island Def Jam
Producer Swizz Beatz, Timbaland, DJ Premier, Rockwilder, DJ Clue, Irv Gotti, K-Rob, Darrell 'Digga' Branch, Ken "Duro" Ifill, Russell "Russ" Howard, Sean "SAF" Francis, Chauncey Mahan, Lil' Rob
Jay-Z chronology
Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life
(1998)
Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter
(1999)
The Dynasty: Roc La Familia
(2000)
Singles from Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter
  1. "Jigga My Nigga"
    Released: July 20, 1999
  2. "Girl's Best Friend"
    Released: October 18, 1999
  3. "Do It Again (Put Ya Hands Up)"
    Released: December 14, 1999
  4. "Big Pimpin'"
    Released: April 11, 2000

Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter is the fourth studio album by American rapper Jay-Z, released December 28, 1999 on Roc-A-Fella Records. It exhibits a return to the street-oriented sound of his debut album, Reasonable Doubt (1996).[1] Production for the album was handled by several hip hop producers, including Swizz Beatz, Timbaland, K-Rob, DJ Premier, Rockwilder, DJ Clue, and Irv Gotti.

The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 462, 000 copies in its first week. It was a significant commercial success, selling two million copies within its first month of release. Upon its release, Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter received generally positive reviews from most music critics. On February 14, 2001, the album was certified triple platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America, following sales in excess of 3 million copies in the United States.

Contents

Reception

Commercial performance

Upon release, the album proved to be a commercial success, selling in excess of 2 million copies by its first month of release. It debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling 462,000 copies in its first week,[2] which is thirty-percent more than the first-week sales of Jay-Z previous album Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life (1998).[3] Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter peaked at number one on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[4] On February 14, 2001, the album was certified triple platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), following sales in excess of 3 million copies in the United States.[5]

Critical response

 Professional ratings
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[6]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[7]
Robert Christgau (A)[8]
Entertainment Weekly (A-)[9]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[10]
NME (7/10)[11]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[12]
The Source 4/5 stars[13]
USA Today 4/4 stars[1]
Village Voice (favorable)[14]

Upon its release, the album received generally positive reviews from most music critics. Chicago Tribune writer Greg Kot gave the album 3 out of 4 stars and wrote that "Jay-Z's level of self-awareness is utterly in tune with his generation's; he's not an artist so much as a multimedia-savvy product manager, in tune with how the game is played".[7] The Washington Post gave Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter a favorable review, writing that it "is full of reputation-building swagger, cataloguing of lyrical skills and autobiographical perspective".[15] However, Los Angeles Times writer Soren Baker gave it 2½ out of 4 stars and wrote that the album lacks the "biting humor and spectacular wordplay" of his previous albums.[10] It received perfect ratings from both USA Today and Robert Christgau of The Village Voice.[1] The former publication's Steve Jones wrote that Jay-Z's "lyrics and sense of timing are as razor-sharp as ever",[1] and Christgau stated "he goes for a rugged, expansive vigor, nailing both come-fly-with-me cosmopolitanism and the hunger for excitement that's turned gangster hangouts into musical hotbeds from Buenos Aires to Kansas City".[8]

Steve Juon of RapReviews gave the album a rating of 8.5/10 and noted it as an improvement of Jay-Z's previous two efforts.[16] Miles Marshall Lewis of The Village Voice gave Vol. 3… a rave review, praising its production quality and lyrics.[14] Lewis stated "Jay-Z is the best MC in hip hop. Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter ('S dot Carter', like janet. was supposed to be 'Janet period') is the quintessential 2000-model hip hop album, and Shawn Carter is the finest MC the form currently has to offer".[14] Allmusic commended Jay-Z for his lyrical ability on the album, calling it "A set of hard-hitting tracks with some of the best rhymes of Jay-Z's career … much more invigorating than its predecessor, and almost as consistently entertaining as his best album, In My Lifetime, Vol. 1".[6] However, IGN columnist Spence D. wrote that Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter presents Jay-Z "in battle with his two personas: the street soldier and the pop star".[17]

Track listing

# Title Length Producer(s)
1 "Hova Song (Intro)" 2:21 K-Rob
2 "So Ghetto" 4:01 DJ Premier
3 "Do It Again (Put Ya Hands Up)" (feat. Beanie Sigel & Amil) 4:39 Rockwilder
4 "Dope Man" 4:03 DJ Clue, Darrell 'Digga' Branch, Ken "Duro" Ifill, Lance 'UN' Rivera (co-producer)
5 "Things That U Do" (feat. Mariah Carey) 4:52 Swizz Beatz
6 "It's Hot (Some Like It Hot)" 4:16 Timbaland
7 "Snoopy Track" (feat. Juvenile) 4:01 Timbaland
8 "S. Carter" (feat. Amil) 4:14 Russell "Russ" Howard, Sean "SAF" Francis, Chauncey Mahan (co-producer)
9 "Pop 4 Roc" (feat. Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek & Amil) 4:36 DJ Clue, Ken "Duro" Ifill
10 "Watch Me" (feat. Dr. Dre) 4:34 Irv Gotti
11 "Big Pimpin" (feat. UGK) 4:44 Timbaland
12 "There's Been a Murder" 3:39 Russell "Russ" Howard, Sean "SAF" Francis, Chauncey Mahan (co-producer)
13 "Come and Get Me" 6:09 Timbaland
14 "NYMP" 4:03 Rockwilder
15 "Hova Song (Outro)" 1:26 K-Rob

Bonus tracks

# Title Length Producer(s)
16 "Jigga My Nigga" 5:23 Swizz Beatz
17 "Girl's Best Friend" 3:59 Swizz Beatz
Notes

The regular album includes two bonus tracks at the end of the album, "Jigga My Nigga" and "Girl's Best Friend". Both tracks are inserted following a minute of silence at the end of "Hova Song (Outro)". The two bonus tracks are unlisted and do not have track numbers. "Hova Song (Outro)" by itself is 1:26, the track as a whole is 11:01.

The Japanese release of the album contains another additional bonus track (listed as track 16) called "Anything", which is on Beanie Sigel's album The Truth. The Japanese edition also comes with a bonus CD that has "Anything" as two remixed tracks. "Mr. Drunk Mix", which is remixed by Mr. Drunk (a.k.a. Mummy-D), a Japanese MC/producer from the Japanese hip hop group Rhymester and an "Instrumental Remix".

The UK/Europe edition of the album (which was released several weeks before the US edition) features an alternate track listing. "Hova Interlude" replaced the track "Watch Me" and "There's Been a Murder" was replaced with "Is That Yo Bitch" (featuring Missy Elliott and Twista). "Is That Yo Bitch" is an alternate version of Memphis Bleek's "Is That Your Chick". It also has "Anything" as the closing song (track 16) before the two hidden bonus tracks. This version is how the album was really intended to sound but due to heavy bootlegging of the promotional copy Jay-Z went back and changed the US track listing on the 11th hour.

Personnel

Credits adapted from Allmusic.[18]

  • Amil – performer
  • Darrell Branch – producer
  • Mariah Carey – performer
  • Drawing Board – art direction
  • Fingaz – keyboards
  • Kyledidthis – design
  • Jay-Z – performer
  • Jonathan Mannon – photography
  • Memphis Bleek – performer
  • Tatsuya Sato – assistant engineer
  • Beanie Sigel – performer
  • UGK – performer

Sample credits

Hova Song (Intro)

So Ghetto

Do It Again (Put Ya Hands Up)

Big Pimpin'

There's Been A Murder

Come and Get Me

  • "The Contract Man" by Bullet (Alan Tew)

NYMP

Girl's Best Friend

Jigga My Nigga

(**) Indicates a re-recording was used instead of a sample, due to legal reasons.

Chart history

Chart positions

Album
Chart (1999) Peak
position[4]
U.S. Billboard 200 1
U.S. Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums 1
Top Canadian Albums 8
Singles
Year Song Chart positions[19]
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles
1999 "Jigga My Nigga" #28 #6 #1
"Girl's Best Friend" #52 #19 -
2000 "Do It Again (Put Ya Hands Up)" #65 #17 #9
"Big Pimpin" #18 #6 #9
"Things That U Do" - - -

Chart procession and succession

Preceded by
...And Then There Was X by DMX
Billboard 200 number-one album
January 15 - January 21, 2000
Succeeded by
Supernatural by Santana

References

  1. ^ a b c d Jones, Steve. "Review: Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter". USA Today: 02.D. January 4, 2000. (Transcription of original review at talk page)
  2. ^ Mancini, Robert. Jay-Z Grabs Top Of Album Chart. MTV. Retrieved on 2010-02-22.
  3. ^ Baker, Soren. Assault Case Won't Stop the Music--or the Sales. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2010-02-22.
  4. ^ a b Billboard Albums: Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2009-09-14.
  5. ^ Gold & Platinum: Searchable Database. Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Retrieved on 2009-09-14.
  6. ^ a b Bush, John. Review: Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2009-09-14.
  7. ^ a b Kot, Greg. "Review: Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter". Chicago Tribune: 3. January 9, 2000. (Transcription of original review at talk page)
  8. ^ a b Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide: Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter". The Village Voice: February 29, 2000. Archived from the original on 2009-09-14.
  9. ^ DeCurtis, Anthony. Review: Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 2009-09-14.
  10. ^ a b Baker, Soren. Review: Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2009-09-14.
  11. ^ Fadele, Dele. "Review: Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter". NME: February 16, 2000. (Transcription of original review at talk page)
  12. ^ Ex, Kris. Review: Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter. Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2009-09-14.
  13. ^ Columnist. "Review: Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter". The Source: 256. March 2000.
  14. ^ a b c Lewis, Miles Marshall. Review: Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter. The Village Voice. Retrieved on 2009-09-14.
  15. ^ Harrington, Richard. "Review: Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter". The Washington Post: G.12. January 2, 2000.
  16. ^ Juon, Steve 'Flash'. Review: Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter. RapReviews. Retrieved on 2009-09-14.
  17. ^ D., Spence. Review: Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter. IGN. Retrieved on 2009-09-14.
  18. ^ Credits: Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2009-09-14.
  19. ^ Billboard Singles: Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2009-09-14.

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