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Jay-Z Says His Album, ‘In My Lifetime Vol 1’, “Haunts Me”



Jay Z in 2021
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Jay-Z is at the peak of his G.O.A.T status, so what is the talk regarding his album, In My Lifetime: Vol. 1? Questlove, drummer of the elite hip-hop group “The Roots”, brought on the stately topic . Questlove incited that the album contained some of his “best moments.”

In My Lifetime: Vol. 1



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In My Lifetime: Vol. 1 is Jay-Z’s second studio album. Released in 1997, the album features timeless songs by one of the greatest artists. Introduced as a “much more personal” album, Jay shared that it was a more detailed and more in depth body of work. He let on his approach to enlisting different producers than the ones on his first album, Reasonable Doubt. With producers like Teddy Riley, Sean “Puffy” Combs, and Stevie J, this album was one he was increasingly proud of. Enjoy this clip of Hov’s sit-down with MTV.

Jay-Z ranks his own albums

Hov commemorated his 44th birthday (Dec. 4, 2013), by ranking his albums on Life+Times, titling it, “The Scoreboard.” The album of topic surprisingly came in at No. 7.

1. Reasonable Doubt (Classic)
2. The Blueprint (Classic)
3. The Black Album (Classic)
4. Vol. 2 (Classic)
5. American Gangster (4 1/2, cohesive)
6. Magna Carta (Fuckwit, Tom Ford, Oceans, Beach, On the Run, Grail)
7. Vol. 1 (Sunshine kills this album…fuck… Streets, Where I’m from, You Must Love Me…)

The considerably undervalued album peaked at No. 3. Spin magazine called it Jay-Z’s “forgotten Masterpiece” following the list circulating.

Mr. Carter shared “Street Is Watching” was the first song he made. Watch the video which is available on YouTube.

His claims to putting out his last album has been a reoccurring theme dating back to his first album release. However we have gotten music from Hov even recently in 2021. Currently, he is the most Grammy nominated artist of all time. His extended discography has even landed him in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He gives truth to the saying, “you are your own worst critic.”

Want more Jay-Z? Check out Hov and his Roc Nation team here.

Written by Antoinette Ford

A southern charmer from Georgia who loves hip hop culture and the change it brings to the world. I want to capture what lies beneath the surface of every action and lyric and express it through the eyes of the originator.

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