Reasonable Doubt dropped, and it seemed like Biggie Smalls anointed how great he was by appearing on the album. They dropped Brooklyn’s Finest on his debut album, plus the album featured Mary J. Blige on the title track. Fast forward almost a year and a half later, Jay-Z released In My Lifetime, Volume 1. This album featured Too Short, Lil Kim, Foxy Brown, Puff Daddy, Babyface, Teddy Riley & Blackstreet. Prior to releasing the album, (Always Be My) Sunshine was the first single, which featured Babyface and Foxy Brown. The best single he released featured Blackstreet on the track The City Is Mine that was produced by Teddy Riley. My favorite track on the album is Imaginary Player and you can peep the video below. After the video, you can also view the track listing.
- Intro/ A Million and One Questions/ Rhyme No More
- The City Is Mine ft. Blackstreet
- I Know What Girls Like ft. Lil Kim & Puff Daddy
- Imaginary Player
- Streets Is Watching
- Friend or Foe 98
- Lucky Me
- (Always Be My) Sunshine ft. Babyface & Foxy Brown
- Who You Wit II
- Face Off ft. Sauce Money
- Real Niggaz ft. Too $hort
- Rap Game/Crack Game
- Where I’m From
- You Must Love Me
I’ll be honest, I have never been a big fan of this album. It could be because I’m not the biggest Jay-Z fan or Reasonable Doubt set such a high bar and In My Lifetime, Volume 1 didn’t reach it. Either way, the album does have some gems on it and I’m sure Jay-Z fans will disagree with me. Either way, this album is in my collection and if you want to add it to yours, click here.
What are your thoughts about the In My Lifetime, Volume 1 album? What’s your favorite joint? Leave a comment below.