Jay-Z f/ Lil Kim & Puff Daddy "I Know What Girls Like" (1997)
Album: In My Lifetime, Vol. 1
Label: Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam
Producer: Sean "Puffy" Combs, Ron "Amen-ra" Lawrence for The Hitmen
In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 has some of Jay-Z's greatest songs ("Streets Is Watching," "Where I'm From!") But also some of his worst. Like this giant misstep on his path to superstardom. But 1997, Jay had certainly found his voice as an MC, but he hadn't yet mastered the art of the pop crossover. And Vol. 1's efforts felt like a hollow attempt at replicating the Bad Boy formula, nowhere more than on the Puff Daddy-assisted clunker "I Know What Girls Like." Puff may have loved to take hits from the '80s and make them sound so crazy. But it seemed crazy in all the wrong ways release this awful interpolation of The Waitresses' new wave classic "I Know What Boys Like" just a few months after lead Waitresses Patty Donahue succumbed to lung cancer.