Producer: Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence for The Hitmen
Album: In My Lifetime, Vol. 1
Label: Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam

In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 is known as Jay's glossiest effort and his foray into the short-lived Jiggy, genre so thankfully there was something on it to remind us Hov was from Marcy. So despite Puff Daddy's influence, the album still featured some the grimiest and grittiest moments of Jay's catalog. Jay always repped BK but never with the vivid imagery and ice-cold detachment he displayed on “Where I'm From.”

He switched his point of view from Kingpin to street-level dealer, speaking to those whose bank accounts were more St. Ides than Cristal, and dropped one of the cleverest couplets of his career, “Where you can't put your vest away and say you'll wear it tomorrow/Cause the day after we'll be saying, 'Damn I was just with him yesterday.'” Not to mention he dropped his infamous quip about the holy trinity of NY hip-hop, “Who's the best emcee? Biggie, Jay-Z, or Nas?”