In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 is rapper Jay-Z's second album, released on November 4 1997. The album received positive reviews from critics but fans were not embracing Jay-Z's commercialized new image. The album features a much more pop oriented sound than his debut release Reasonable Doubt and went on to receive a Platinum certification from the RIAA, selling more than 1.2 million copies in the U.S.

Producers for Reasonable Doubt such as DJ Premier and Ski contribute to a limited number of beats on this album, though the majority of the production is handled by beatmakers from Puff Daddy's Bad Boy label, 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 90's hip-hop, often credited to videos and albums from Puff Daddy and his Bad Boy record label's roster of artists including Notorious B.I.G. (the first two singles from his second album were both huge pop hits) and Mase.

Track listing

# Title Songwriters Producer(s) Performer (s) Sample(s)
1 "Intro/A Million and One Questions/Rhyme No More" S. Carter, C. Martin DJ Premier Jay-Z, Pain in da Ass Contains a Sample from "One In A Million" by Aaliyah; "Let Me Go" by Latimore; "Car Of Love" by Main Ingredient; "Cause I Need It" by Dorothy Ashby
2 "The City Is Mine" S. Carter, T. Riley, J. Tempchin, G. Frey, K. Gamble, L. Huff Teddy Riley/Chad Hugo Blackstreet, Jay-Z Contains a Sample from "You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else" by The Jones Girls; "You Belong To The City" by Glenn Frey
3 "I Know What Girls Like" S. Carter, S. Combs, K. Jones, R. Lawrence, R. Moore, C. Butler, Malloy, Shereff, Spradley, Stronman, Cooper Sean "Puffy" Combs & Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence for The Hitmen Jay-Z, Lil' Kim, Sean "Puffy" Combs
4 "Imaginary Player" S. Carter, D. Vanderpool, R. Moore, H. Chainey, A. Winbush Daven "Prestige" Vanderpool Jay-Z
5 "Streets Is Watching" S. Carter, D. Wills, L. Siffre Ski Jay-Z Contains a Sample from Labi Siffre - I Got The Blues
6 "Friend Or Foe '98" S. Carter, C. Martin DJ Premier Jay-Z
7 "Lucky Me" S. Carter, K. Anderson, A. Best, S. Jordan Steven "Stevie J" Jordan for The Hitmen & Buckwild Jay-Z, Karen Anderson
8 "(Always Be My) Sunshine" S. Carter, D. Vanderpool, J. Harris, T. Lewis, D. Barksdale, B. Robinson Daven "Prestige" Vanderpool Babyface, Foxy Brown, Jay-Z
9 "Who You Wit II" S. Carter, D. Wills, J. Lorber Ski Jay-Z
10 "Face Off" S. Carter, T. Gaither, S. Barnes, J.C. Olivier, O. DiBango Poke and Tone Jay-Z, Sauce Money
11 "Real Niggaz" S. Carter, T. Shaw, A. Dent Anthony Dent Jay-Z, Too Short
12 "Rap Game/Crack Game" S. Carter, J. Burks, A. Benjamin, A. Patton, Organized Noize, N. Jones, C. Martin, L. Bonner, R. Middlebrooks, M. Jones, M. Pierce, W. Beck, J. Williams, C. Satchell Big Jaz Jay-Z Contains a sample from Nas - Represent
13 "Where I'm From" S. Carter, D. Angelettie, R. Lawrence, N. Whitfield Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie & Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence for The Hitmen Jay-Z
14 "You Must Love Me" S. Carter, N. Myrick, W. Sigler, R. Tyson Nashiem Myrick for The Hitmen Jay-Z, Kelly Price


Intro/A Million and One Questions/Rhyme No More

The City Is Mine

I Know What Girls Like

Imaginary Player

Streets Is Watching

Friend Or Foe '98

(Always Be My) Sunshine

Who You Wit II

Face Off

Rap Game/Crack Game

Where I'm From

You Must Love Me


Chart (1997) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 3
U.S. Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums 2

Singles Chart Positions

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles
1997 "Who You Wit" #84 #25 #18
1997 "Sunshine" #95 #37 #16
1998 "The City Is Mine" #52 #37 #14

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