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Volume 3: The Life & Times of S Carter Clean

3.7 out of 5 stars 333 customer reviews

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On The Life and Times of S. Carter, Jay-Z's century-closing guaranteed-platinum album, he compares his hit-making prowess to that of Michael Jackson--the unspoken difference being that Jigga appears to be far from wearing out his commercial welcome. For good reason, too; not only is the Roc-A-Fella king maker one prolific rapper and writer, his output is of high enough quality to keep heads ringin'. While there's no single classic on the order of "Hard Knock Life" here, collaborations with Dr. Dre (the truly defiant "Watch Me"), Juvenile ("Snoopy Track"), and UGK ("Big Pimpin'") argue well for Jay-Z's continued vitality. Further proof may lie in the fact that, faced with mass bootlegging weeks before the CD's release, the Z-man added several tracks, effectively revising it at the last minute. --Rickey Wright
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  • Audio CD (December 28, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: December 28, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Clean
  • Label: Roc-a-Fella
  • ASIN: B00003NHAU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (333 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,071 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By titi on December 26, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Jay Z's new album has already been released like two weeks ago here in Europe and I bought it without even listening to it. When I first put it in my stereo I thought that it was horrible, but after all I was totally wrong. The songs get better the more you listen to them and after a while you just can't stop to sing along and bump your head to this cd. I think Jay Z did a good job on this one (as on all of his Cd's) and especially "Big Pimpin" and "Come and Get Me" are really cool songs. Once again Jay Z is reloaded.
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There was a lot of hype surrounding the release of the Jay-hovah's new album, and rightfully so considering that he is one of the greatest lyricists out there. His album does not disappoint. It is very much like his other albums where the beats and background music are at times awful, but Jay-Z lyrics and style come through and make the song. At times one gets the impression that Jay-Z could rap without a beat and the song would still make you bob your head. Jay-Z is that good. Another great thing about the album is the lack of silly and useless interludes that break up the flow of the music (ala Puff Daddy, Dr. Dre, or almost anyone else). It was refreshing to have a continuous flow of 15 or so songs (plus "hidden" bonus tracks) without comedic interruption. The Jay-hovah is all business. One criticism I have of the album is the lack of faster paced songs that would facilitate dancing or fast driving. While Jay-Z's rap might increase in speed, the beat stays the same. Overall, the album eclipses any of the other hip-hop albums that have been released this year despite the forgettable beats.
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What can you say about the Unoffical king of New York...except he is HOT! I anxiously awaited his latest release and it did not disappoint. "So Ghetto", is perhaps the best Jay-Z song I've heard. The beat keeps you going and his lyrics surpass anyone in the rapp game right now. Jay doesn't overload you with voilence, obscenities, or the hard-core style. His third album brings intricant lyrics and in-depth looks into the "life and times" of the hip-hop society. Like he says in "Dope Man", he is trying to be the ghetto spokesman and he is doing a great time. His album does lack in dance beats, but if your a true fan of hip-hop and lyricists you'll be sure to enjoy Volume III.
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I was listening to Beanie Sigel, The Truth, his new album and I found out that ANYTHINg is song #14 on Beanie Mac's new album. that is really disapointing to all of us who bought Jay-Z's new album for the song ANYTHING, unless you like beanie sigel.
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I really wish that people would stop trying to compare jay-Z to DMX. They are totally nothing alike. Although they both lived the same crime lifestyles, they are like oil and water. So let's stop all the instigating and get that clear. They're style of rapping are completely the opposite. Anywayz, I think that Jay-Z's new album Volume 3- The Life And Times Of S.Carter, was OFF DA RACKET hot And way better than DMX's CD! Every song on that CD was a club joint that's sure to be a fortified hit! Main reason: His cd is his best work.Ten times or even MORE better than Volume 2- Hard Knock Life.The most radio worthy tracks are:1.)So Ghetto. Reason:Dope beat,originality, and the party starter for the earliest heads to arrive at the party. 2.)Do It Again(Put Your Hands Up)-Got heads already crunk on the dancefloor.3.)Dope Man-Got all the pimps playas,gangstas & hustlers nodding their heads4.)Things That You Do(Mariah carey)- To All the lovers in da house! Bounce baby bounce!5.)It's Hot(Some Like It Hot)-Love the way he disses rapper 50 Cent in that one! And other tracks like Snoopy Track w/Juvenile, the catchy hook: S.Carter w/Amil, Watch Me w/Dr.Dre, Big Pimpin w/UGk and NYMP. Although the very conclusion of the album tends to get boring when there aren't anymore guest appearances, and the club getsa little sleepy, don't let those last three songs before the outro discourage you from coppin' this CD. Just keep your skip button in handy whenever there's a flop and go onto the hidden bonus tracks! So what are you waitin' for? Stop reading these reviews and get your butts out to the mall and get it, cause it's HOT!
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Excellant album, one of my favourites at the moment. If you don't like "Do it again" there has to be something wrong with you.I don't thing there isn't a song on the album that isn't good. Jay-z keep up the good work. Can't wait for Vol.4!
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Yo, whats up? I thought this album was really hot, I was feelin it! Especially that joint wit Juvenile, but where is "anything"? If anyone knows if this is a hidden track or whatever, email me at slammin323@aol.com. thanks, peace
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Jay Z-Volume 3,Life and Times of S. Carter,is an ok album with some pretty descent songs. 1.HOVA SONG:INTRO-*(NOTHING FANCY AT ALL,JAY Z THANKS YOU FOR BUYING THE ALBUM,ETC...)
2.SO GHETTO-***(A PRETTY GOOD SONG,WITH DESCENT BEATS,AND BACKGROUND MUSIC)
3.DO IT AGAIN-***(ONE OF THE FIRST SINGLES OF THE ALBUM,NOT ONE OF THE BETTER SONGS ON THE ALBUM)
4.DOPE MAN-***(A DESCENT SONG,ABOUT JAY-Z BEING IN COURT,AND BEING PROVED INNOCENT OF TRAFIKING DRUGS)
5.THINGS THAT U DO(MARIAH CAREY)-***(HAS MORE OF A POP SOUND,THAN A RAP SONG,AVERAGE SONG,PRETTY GOOD BACKGROUND MUSIC)
6.IT'S HOT-**(THIS IS ONE SONG,IM NOT A FAN OF,SEEMS TO SLOW,AND ANNOYING)
7.SNOOPY TRACK(JUVENILE)-****(JUVENILE ADDS A NICE TOUCH TO THIS FUNKY SONG,YOU COULD HEAR IT ON THE RADIO SOON)
8.S. CARTER-****(ONE OF MY FAVORITES,AND IN MY OPINION ONE OF THE BETTER SONGS ON THE ALBUM,EASY SONG TO DANCE TOO,MOST LIKELY WILL BE A HIT SINGLE)
9.POP 4 ROC-**(NOT ONE OF MY FAVORITES,ALMOST AN ANNOYING SONG)
10.WATCH ME(DR. DRE)-*****(PROBABLY IN MY OPINION THE BEST SONG ON THE ALBUM,HAS A NICE DRE TOUCH)
11.BIG PIMPIN-****(A GOOD SONG,ONE OF THE FIRST REAL HITS OF THE ALBUM)
12.THERES BEEN A MURDERER-***(AN AVERAGE SONG,NOT TO CATCHY,YOU PROBABLY WONT REMEMBER IT)
13.COME AND GET ME-***(AN OK SONG,WITH DESCENT LYRICS)
14.NYMP-***(AGAIN NOT TOO CATCHY,NOTHING SPECIAL)
15.HOVA SONG:OUTRO-*****(FEATURES 2 BOUNUS TRACKS,JIGGA MY N***A,AND GIRLS BEST FRIEND)
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