Hov’s rare insight on his second studio album was prompted by a tweet from Questlove, who quote-tweeted a fan that argued the LP’s lead single “(Always Be My) Sunshine” is better than people remember.
“Our main argument is his hate for Vol 1,” Questlove wrote. “He is embarrassed for trying to make a monster & not putting numbers up. But ALOT of this lp contains his best moments. Fight me @sc.”
Jay-Z subsequently offered his thoughts on the album, writing, “Agreed. More so, I know what could have been, so it haunts me...streets is watching was the first song made!”
Granted, it isn’t the first time Jay has admitted he isn’t very fond of Vol. 1.
Back in 2013, Hov celebrated his 44th birthday by ranking his then-12-disc discography on his website Life and Times. The hip-hop mogul ranked his second offering as his seventh-best album, behind 1996’s Reasonable Doubt, 2001’s The Blueprint, 2003’s The Black Album, 1998’s Vol. 2...Hard Knock Life, 2007’s American Gangster, and 2013’s Magna Carta Holy Grail.