In an earlier age, when the likes of Public Enemy and Gang Starr ruled the roost, Jay-Z would have garnered the same kind of serious attention and respect as, say, the Fresh Prince. But in the devalued hip-hop universe of the late 1990s--where political … see full wiki
In My Lifetime vol.1 is one of Jay z's most underrated albums and it's rightful place is next to Reasonable Doubt where it belongs. If you ask me the last few albums Jay Z gets most of his love from a nice chunk fans and critics because he is a master at creating great hooks and picking major production that will sell records. On his first two releases Reasonable Doubt and this one he is a major lyricist and this is what he doesn't get recognized for in this album. Truthfully lyrically it's between this and his first album that are the best. Now the production in My Lifetime is up and down, he has a sick intro and then the city is mine plays and it's a bit off. Though I think this is one of his least commercial albums Sunshine featuring Babyface says something totally different. The best thing about this album is that Jay actually speaks on his life and times and he does it perfectly, only thing holding it back is the few crappy beats.