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In My Lifetime, Vol. 1

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In My Lifetime, Vol. 1

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Jay Z
Producers:
Def Jam, Mercury Records, Roc-A-Fella
genre:
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it a B+

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+

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