Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter is the 1999 release by East Coast hip hop artist Jay-Z. It is, for the most part, his return to a more street-oriented sound. However, it did manage to produce some very successful radio-friendly singles. Vol. 3 topped the billboard charts with nearly half a million sold in its first few days of release. To date, the album has sold over 3 million copies, the most successful single from the album and arguably Jay-Z's career is the now-infamous Big Pimpin'. This album is also noted for insulting the rapper 50 Cent (before his rise to fame) on the song "It's Hot (Some Like It Hot)". It was a response to "How To Rob", a song from 50 Cent's unreleased first LP "Power of the Dollar" where he comically explains robbing numerous mainstream rappers, including Jay-Z. In the song, Jay-Z raps "I'm about a dollar/What the fuck is 50 cents."

Track listing

# Title Songwriters Producer(s) Featured guest(s)
1 "Hova Song (Intro)" S. Carter, K. Rob, J. Hendrix K-Rob Pain in da Ass
2 "So Ghetto" S. Carter, C. Martin, S. Crooper, B. Miles DJ Premier
3 "Do It Again (Put Ya Hands Up)" S. Carter, D. Grant, A. Whitehead, D. Stinson Rockwilder Beanie Sigel and Amil
4 "Dope Man" S. Carter DJ Clue, Darrell 'Digga' Branch, Ken "Duro" Ifill, Lance 'UN' Rivera (co-producer)
5 "Things That U Do" S. Carter, K. Dean, K. Joshua Swizz Beatz Mariah Carey
6 "It's Hot (Some Like It Hot)" S. Carter, T. Mosley Timbaland
7 "Snoopy Track" S. Carter, T. Gray, T. Mosley Timbaland Juvenile
8 "S. Carter" S. Carter, A. Whitehead, R. Howard, S. Francis Russell "Russ" Howard, Sean "SAF" Francis, Chauncey Mahan (co-producer) Amil
9 "Pop 4 Roc" S. Carter, A. Whitehead, D. Grant, M. Cox, E. Shaw, K. Ifill DJ Clue, Ken "Duro" Ifill Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek and Amil
10 "Watch Me" S. Carter, I. Lorenzo, R. Mays Irv Gotti and Lil' Rob Dr. Dre
11 "Big Pimpin'" S. Carter, B. Freeman, C. Butler, T. Mosley, K. Joshua Timbaland UGK
12 "There's Been a Murder" S. Carter, R. Howard, S. Francis, A. Davis Russell "Russ" Howard, Sean "SAF" Francis, Chauncey Mahan (co-producer) Alana Davis
13 "Come and Get Me" S. Carter, T. Mosley Timbaland
14 "NYMP" S. Carter, D. Stinson, B. Russell Rockwilder
15 "Hova Song (Outro)" S. Carter, K. Rob, J. Hendrix K-Rob
* "Jigga My Nigga" S. Carter, K. Dean Swizz Beatz
* "Girl's Best Friend" S. Carter, K. Dean Swizz Beatz Theresa Rodriguez

(*) Indicates bonus tracks

Bonus tracks

The regular album includes two bonus tracks at the end, "Jigga My Nigga" and "Girl's Best Friend". Both tracks are inserted following a minute of silence at the end of "Hova Song (Outro)". The track "Girl's Best Friend" was the lead single from the movie Blue Streak. The bonus tracks are unlisted and do not have track numbers.

Both the European and Japanese release of the album also contained another additional bonus track at the end (as track 16) called Anything. The Japanese version also came with a bonus CD that had two tracks, a "Mr. Drunk Mix" and an "Instrumental Remix" of the above track "Anything".


Hova Song (Intro)

Do It Again (Put Ya Hands Up)

So Ghetto

Big Pimpin'

There's Been A Murder


Girl's Best Friend

* Due to legal reason's a re-recording and not an actual sample was used.

Chart positions


Chart (1999) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 1
U.S. Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums 1
Top Canadian Albums 8


Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles
1999 "Jigga My Nigga" #28 #6 #1
1999 "Girls Best Friend" #52 #19 -
1999 "Do It Again" - #17 -
2000 "Big Pimpin - #6 #1
2000 "Things That You Do" - - -
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