Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter
Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter
Studio album by Jay-Z


28 December 1999




Hip hop




Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam


Darrell "Digga" Branch, Kareem "Biggs" Burke (exec.), Shawn Carter (exec.), Damon Dash (exec.), DJ Clue?, DJ Premier, Sean Francis, Ken Ifill, Russell Howard, Irv Gotti, K-Rob, Lil Rob, Chauncey Mahan, Rockwilder, Swizz Beatz, Timbaland

Jay-Z chronology


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


The Dynasty: Roc La Familia (2000)

Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter is the fourth studio album by American rapper Jay-Z, released in 1999 on Roc-A-Fella Records. It exhibits a return to the street-oriented sound of his debut album Reasonable Doubt, as opposed to the radio-friendly sound of his two previous albums. Production for the album was handled by past collaborators DJ Premier, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz and Irv Gotti, amongst others.

The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 462,000 copies in its first week. It was a significant commercial success, shipping two million copies within its first month of release. The album received positive reviews from music critics. 

Track listingEdit

No. Title Performer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Hova Song (Intro)" Jay-Z K-Rob 2:21
2. "So Ghetto" Jay-Z DJ Premier 4:01
3. "Do It Again (Put Ya Hands Up)" Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, Amil Rockwilder 4:39
4. "Dope Man" Jay-Z, Serena Altschul DJ Clue?, Darrell "Digga" Branch, Ken Ifill, Lance Rivera (co.) 4:03
5. "Things That U Do" Jay-Z, Mariah Carey Swizz Beatz 4:52
6. "It's Hot (Some Like It Hot)" Jay-Z Timbaland 4:16
7. "Snoopy Track" Jay-Z, Juvenile Timbaland 4:01
8. "S. Carter" Jay-Z, Amil Russell Howard, Sean Francis, Chauncey Mahan (co.) 4:14
9. "Pop 4 Roc" Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek, Amil DJ Clue?, Ken Ifill 4:36
10. "Watch Me" Jay-Z, Dr. Dre Irv Gotti, Lil Rob 4:34
11. "Big Pimpin'" Jay-Z, UGK Timbaland 4:44
12. "There's Been a Murder" Jay-Z K-Rob 3:40
13. "Come and Get Me" Jay-Z Timbaland 6:09
14. "NYMP" Jay-Z Rockwilder 4:03
15. "Hova Song (Outro)" - K-Rob 1:26
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