The Hits Collection, Vol. 1 [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
"Hits," for the sake of this 2010 anthology, tends to refer to crossover singles, which might explain why it pays no attention to Jay-Z's first two albums, Reasonable Doubt and In My Lifetime, Vol. 1. The emphasis is on his pop-leaning singles that reached the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100, beginning with 1998's "Hard Knock Life Ghetto Anthem" and concluding with 2009's "Empire State of Mind." It doesn't include every Top 20 hit -- neither "Excuse Me Miss" nor "Young Forever" appear -- and not every selection qualifies as a hit. For instance, the Black Album tracks "Public Service Announcement" and "Encore" weren't even issued as singles, though the latter might be the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
"Hits," for the sake of this 2010 anthology, tends to refer to crossover singles, which might explain why it pays no attention to Jay-Z's first two albums, Reasonable Doubt and In My Lifetime, Vol. 1. The emphasis is on his pop-leaning singles that reached the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100, beginning with 1998's "Hard Knock Life Ghetto Anthem" and concluding with 2009's "Empire State of Mind." It doesn't include every Top 20 hit -- neither "Excuse Me Miss" nor "Young Forever" appear -- and not every selection qualifies as a hit. For instance, the Black Album tracks "Public Service Announcement" and "Encore" weren't even issued as singles, though the latter might be the stand-in for the Linkin Park collaboration "Numb/Encore," which did hit the Top 20. Regardless, this is a decent overview, but it's far from definitive and more a celebration of the man's popularity, while also serving as a tie-in with Decoded, his memoir. The Hits Collection, Vol. 1 is lavishly packaged, containing a 32-page booklet of black-and-white photos. This might be the first time that a track list has used asterisks for the sake of denoting Grammy winners.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/22/2010
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 602527231600
  • Catalog Number: 001362102
  • Sales rank: 11,933

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jay-Z Primary Artist
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Ira McLaughlin Vocals
Mario Winans Drums
Pharrell Williams Vocals
Beyoncé Vocals
Kanye West Vocals
Lamar Edwards Hammond B3
Just Blaze Drums, Keyboards
Ed Goldson Bass, Guitar
Kenneth Whalum Tenor Saxophone
Don Crawley Vocals
Larrance Dopson Piano
John Legend Vocals
Sparks Vocals
Cassie Vocals
Keyon Harrold Trumpet
Leonard Harris Vocals
Kenneth "Bam" Alexander Drums
Saunders Sermons Trombone
Cameron Johnson Trumpet
Eric "E-Bass" Johnson Various
Demme Ulloa Background Vocals
Chuce 1500 Bass
Technical Credits
Prince Composer
Rick Rubin Composer, Producer
The 45 King Producer
Ken "Duro" Ifill Engineer
Jay-Z Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Tony Dawsey Mastering
Diddy Producer
No I.D. Producer
Jimmy Douglas Engineer
Andrew Scheps Engineer
Timbaland Producer
Nichell Delvaille Photo Coordination
Chauncey Mahan Engineer
Pharrell Williams Composer, Producer
Tracy Marrow Composer
Shawn Carter Composer
Ann Mincieli Engineer
The Neptunes Producer
Kanye West Composer, Producer
Chad Hugo Composer, Producer
Sean C. Producer
Chris Atlas Marketing
Just Blaze Producer
Michael Seltzer Music Business Affairs
Gimel Keaton Engineer
Ryan West Engineer
Janko Nilovic Composer
Alicia Keys Composer
Tupac Shakur Composer
Demacio Castellon Engineer
Kenneth Whalum Arranger
Eric Weissman Sample Clearance
Jason Lader Programming
Terese Joseph Administration
Angela Hunte Composer, Producer
John Meneilly Management
Jeff Bhasker Composer
Patrick Hegarty Art Direction
Carol Corless Package Production
Steve "Rock Star" Dickey Engineer
Todd Russell Art Direction
Alex Haldi Art Direction
LV Producer
Marcos Tovar Engineer
Antoinette Trotman Music Business Affairs
Kristen Yiengst Photo Coordination
Kamel Abdo Engineer
D. Harper Composer
JP Robinson Art Direction
E. Wilson Composer
Elliott Wilson Liner Notes
Janeït Sewell-Ulepic Composer, Producer
David Brown Engineer
Ian Allen Engineer, Music Business Affairs
Antonio "L.A." Reid Executive Producer
Alphonso Henderson Composer
Al Shux Producer
Vol Davis III Music Business Affairs
Jennifer Justice Legal Counsel
Shane Woodley Engineer
Dave Sucky Composer
Chaka Pilgrim Marketing
Victor Abjaoudi II Engineer
Paul Falcon Engineer
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