Jay-Z’s second album “haunts” him.
The ’99 Problems’ hitmaker released ‘In My Lifetime, Vol 1’ in 1997, with the record number three on the Billboard 200 in the US, but admitted he was never a fan of the record because that he knows what it is. “could have been” if he had done things differently.
Jay made the admission in a rare tweet in response to fellow musician Questlove’s analysis of the album.
Questlove first quoted a tweet from a fan that read, “Hot take: Jay-Z’s ‘Sunshine’ was fine and got an unnecessarily bad rap. In fact, it holds up better now than it did then. (sic)”
Tagging Jay – whose real name is Shawn Carter, which inspired his @SC Twitter account – in his posts, Questlove replied, “Our main argument is his hatred for Vol 1.
He is embarrassed to try to create a monster and not put numbers. But A LOT of this LP contains his best moments. fight me
“-million one questions (we roll with it)
– “I know what girls like” got screwed. 2 pop culture classics that may have gone over their heads in 97, but I was there for the joy.
-HOV created imaginary (lol shit built me on the real)
-streets/friend2/etc I’m running out of space.
-that jaw shot
“When you hear Players, you have two sides to choose from…you want to be the cat that has leathers….. or you want to be the cat that asks the cat if you have leathers. I didn’t mean ‘big’ then ( i was living in my littleness in 97 lol) but i knew i was NEVER going to be that last one (sic)”
In response, Jay wrote, “Okay. More so I know what could have been so it haunts me…Streets Watching was the first song made! (sic)”
The 52-year-old star has only tweeted twice in 2021 and not at all in the previous two years, so Questlove joked he would treasure his rare response.
He joked in response: “Uh, can I make this tweet an NFT? (sic)