In My Lifetime, Vol. 1
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Studio album by Jay-Z


November 4, 1997


August 1996 - March 1997


D&D Studios
(New York City, NY)
Future Recording Studios
(Virginia Beach, VA)
Daddy's House Recording Studio
(New York City, NY)
Soundtrack Studios
(New York City, NY)
The Hit Factory
(New York City, NY)
Oakland City Studios
(Oakland, CA)


Hip hop, East Coast hip hop




Roc-A-Fella Records / Def Jam Recordings


Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, Buckwild, Kareem "Biggs" Burke (exec.), Sean Combs, Damon Dash (exec.), Anthony Dent, DJ Premier, Jay-Z (exec.), Jaz-O, Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence, Nashiem Myrick, Teddy Riley, Ski, Stevie J., Trackmasters, Daven "Prestige" Vanderpool

Jay-Z chronology


Reasonable Doubt (1996)


Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life (1998)

In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 is the second studio album by American rapper Jay-Z, released in November 4, 1997 on Roc-A-Fella Records. Producers for his previous album, Reasonable Doubt, such as DJ Premier and Ski contribute to a number of beats on this album, though the majority of the production is handled by beatmakers from Bad Boy Records, 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 1990s hip hop, often credited to videos and albums by Sean Combs and his Bad Boy Records label's roster of artists, including The Notorious B.I.G. and Ma$e.

Despite mixed criticism towards its more mainstream-oriented sound and lyrical substance, the album debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It was eventually certified platinum in sales by the RIAA in the United States. 

Track listing[edit | edit source]

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Intro / A Million and One Questions / Rhyme No More" Jay-Z Carter, Martin DJ Premier 3:21
2. "The City Is Mine" Jay-Z, Blackstreet Carter, Frey, Gamble, Huff, Riley, Tempchin Teddy Riley 4:02
3. "I Know What Girls Like" Jay-Z, Lil Kim, Puff Daddy Butler, Carter, Combs, Cooper, Jones, Lawrence, Malloy, Shereff, Spradley, Stronman Sean Combs 4:50
4. "Imaginary Player" Jay-Z Carter, Chainey, Moore, Winbush, Vanderpool Daven "Prestige" Vanderpool 3:57
5. "Streets Is Watching" Jay-Z Carter, Siffre, Willis Ski 3:58
6. "Friend or Foe '98" Jay-Z Carter, Martin DJ Premier 2:09
7. "Lucky Me" Jay-Z Anderson, Best, Carter, Jordan Buckwild, Stevie J. 5:00
8. "(Always Be My) Sunshine" Jay-Z, Babyface, Foxy Brown Barksdale, Carter, Harris, Lewis, Robinson, Vanderpool Daven "Prestige" Vanderpool 4:43
9. "Who You Wit II" Jay-Z Carter, Lorber, Willis Ski 4:29
10. "Face Off" Jay-Z, Sauce Money Barnes, Carter, DiBango, Gaither, Olivier Trackmasters 3:31
11. "Real N!@*az" Jay-Z, Too $hort Carter, Dent, Shaw Anthony Dent 5:07
12. "Rap Game / Crack Game" Jay-Z, Jaz-O Beck, Benjamin, Bonner, Brown, Burks, Carter, Jones, Jones, Martin, Middlebrooks, Murray, Patton, Pierce, Satchell, Wade, Williams Jaz-O 2:40
13. "Where I'm From" Jay-Z Angelettie, Carter, Lawrence, Whitfield Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence 4:26
14. "You Must Love Me" Jay-Z Carter, Myrick, Sigler, Tyson Nashiem Myrick 5:47
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