In My LifeTime, Volume 1 (Explicit)
by Jay Z
Released: Sep 1997
Label: Island Def Jam
A follow-up to the stellar Reasonable Doubt, Vol.1 showcases a decidedly more pop-friendly vibe, teaming Jay with Blackstreet, Baby Face, and Puff Daddy. While definitely successful, it pales in comparison to his darker debut and the hit-packed Vol.2 which was released less than a year later. Includes "Streets Is Watching" and "Rap Game/Crack Game."