In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 Some of the beats on In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 sound like a single loop left on autopilot, but Jay-Z makes up for simplistic backing… In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 Some of the beats on In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 sound like a single loop left on autopilot, but Jay-Z makes up for simplistic backing… Jay-Z Hip-Hop/Rap
Music Review

In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 (1997)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Lead Performance: Jay-Z; Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Some of the beats on In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 sound like a single loop left on autopilot, but Jay-Z makes up for simplistic backing tracks with a dense lyrical flow. His phrasing shifts often, and he mixes jokes with visceral descriptions, stealing the spotlight from guests like BLACKstreet, Puff Daddy, Babyface, and Foxy Brown. We've heard these gangster tales before, but Jay-Z shows you don't need to do anything new, as long as you do it better. B+

Originally posted Nov 28, 1997 Published in issue #407 Nov 28, 1997 Order article reprints
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