Life Story (album)

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Life Story
Studio album by Black Rob
Released March 7, 2000
Recorded 1998-1999
Genre Hip hop, East Coast hip hop
Length 69:13
Label Bad Boy
Producer Sean "Puffy" Combs (also exec.), The Hitmen, Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, Harve "Joe Hooker" Pierre, Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence, Nashiem Myrick, Carlos "6 July" Broady, Mario "Yellowman" Winans, Yogi
Black Rob chronology
Life Story
The Black Rob Report
Singles from Life Story
  1. "Whoa!"
    Released: February 15, 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[2]
The Source 4.5/5 stars[citation needed]
Vibe (positive)[3]

Life Story is the debut album by American hip hop musician Black Rob. It was released on March 7, 2000 by Bad Boy Records. The album boasts a wide range of guests, mostly fellow artists from Bad Boy. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA for selling 1,000,000 copies in the United States Of America on August 17, 2000.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer Length
1. "Mrs Barry (Intro)" R. Ross, H. Pierre Black Rob, Harve "Joe Hooker" Pierre for The Hitmen, Petey Pablo 1:00
2. "Life Story" R. Ross, C. Clay, W. Garfield, N. Myrick, P. Neeley-Rolle, H. Pierre, J. Garfield Nashiem Myrick & Jay "Waxx" Garfield for The Hitmen 4:58
3. "Whoa!" R. Ross, A. Best, H. Pierre Buckwild 4:04
4. "Drive By (Interlude)" R. Ross, R. Lawrence Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence for The Hitmen 0:47
5. "Lookin' At Us" (featuring Cee-Lo Green) R. Ross, D. Angelettie, D. Axlerod, T. Burton, N. Myrick Nashiem Myrick for The Hitmen 4:35
6. "Down The Line Joint" (featuring Puff Daddy, Mark Curry, Ma$e & G-Dep) R. Ross, M. Betha, T. Coleman, S. Combs, M. Curry, J. Graham Yogi for The Hitmen 4:57
7. "Espacio" (featuring Lil' Kim) R. Ross, M. Winans, S. Combs, K. Jones Mario "Yellowman" Winans for The Hitmen 4:05
8. "You Don't Know Me" (featuring Joe Hooker) R. Ross, D. Abrahams, S. Combs, H. Pierre Harve "Joe Hooker" Pierre for the Hitmen 4:50
9. "Can I Live" (featuring The LOX) R. Ross, S. Jacobs, A. Marks, L. McDaniels, J. Phillips, D. Styles, D. Angelettie Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie for The Hitmen 4:59
10. "Championship (Interlude)" R. Ross, H. Pierre Harve "Joe Hooker" Pierre for The Hitmen, Black Rob 1:20
11. "PD World Tour" (featuring Puff Daddy) R. Ross, D. Angelettie, S. Combs, H. Charlemagne Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie for The Hitmen 4:46
12. "Muscle Game" (featuring Mark Curry & Mario Winans) R. Ross, M. Winans, M. Curry Mario "Yellowman" Winans for The Hitmen 4:35
13. "Cop Skit (Interlude)" R. Ross, H. Pierre Harve "Joe Hooker" Pierre for the Hitmen, Black Rob 1:40
14. "B.R" (featuring G-Dep) R. Ross, D. Angelettie, S. Clarke Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie for The Hitmen, Black Rob 3:54
15. "Thug Story" R. Ross, R. Walters, S. Combs, H. Pierre Sean "Puffy" Combs, Harve "Joe Hooker" Pierre for The Hitmen 4:34
16. "Jasmine" (featuring Carl Thomas) R. Ross, T. Mahal, N. Myrick, D. Angelettie, C. Broady, C. Thomas Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, Carlos "Six July" Broady, Nashiem Myrick for The Hitmen 5:31
17. "Mad Rapper (Interlude)" D. Angelettie, R. Ross Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie for The Hitmen 0:53
18. "I Love You Baby" (featuring Puff Daddy) R. Ross, R. Lawrence, J. Garfield, L. Baxter, S. Combs Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence & Jay "Waxx" Garfield for The Hitmen 3:36
19. "Spanish Fly" (featuring Jennifer Lopez) R. Ross, M. Ciccone, P. Leonard, D.L. Roth, S. Watanabe, B. Gaitsch, J. Graham Yogi for The Hitmen 4:03
20. "Rise Up (Interlude)" R. Ross Shak Bak 0:22
21. "I Dare You" (featuring Joe Hooker) R. Ross, P. Politi, R. Frierson, B. White, H. Pierre Richard "Younglord" Frierson 4:24
  • "Drive By (Interlude)" contains a sample of "The Days of Pearly Spencer" performed by Raymond Lefèvre
  • "Lookin' At Us" contains a sample of Terri's Tune" performed by David Axelrod
  • "Can I Live" contains a sample of "Within the Sound" by Rasa
  • "B.R." contains a sample from "Yesterdays" by Paul Chambers Quintet
  • "Thug Story" contains sample from "Children's Story" by Slick Rick
  • "I Love You Baby" contains a sample of "Xtaby (Lure Of The Unknown Love)" performed by Yma Sumac
  • "Spanish Fly" contains a sample of "La Isla Bonita" by Madonna
  • "I Dare You" contains a sample of "Under The Influence Of Love" performed by Love Unlimited


  • "Whoa!"
    • Release date: February 15, 2000
  • "Espacio"
    • Release date: 2000

Chart positions[edit]

  • Life Story
    • Chart: The Billboard 200
    • Peak position: 3
    • Year: 2000
    • Chart: Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
    • Peak position: 1
    • Year: 2000
  • "Whoa!"
    • Chart: Hot Rap Singles
    • Peak position: 8
    • Year: 2000
    • Chart: The Billboard Hot 100
    • Peak position: 43
    • Year: 2000


  • Executive producer: Sean "Puffy Combs", Harve Pierre
  • Project manager: Kim Lumpkin
  • Product/creative manager: Marcus Logan
  • A&R: Harve Pierre
  • Engineering: Kamel Abdo, Eric Butler, Roger Che, Stephen Dent, Tony Maserati, Michael Patterson, Joe "Smilin' Joe" Perrera, Ed Raso, Tony Smalios, Doug Wilson
  • Assistant engineering: Lynn Montrose
  • Mixing: Prince Charles Alexander, Roger Che, Michael Patterson, Rob Paustian, Joe "Smilin' Joe" Perrera, Ed Raso
  • Programming: Stephen Dent, Harve Pierre, Mario Winans
  • Mastering: Herb Powers
  • Photography: Jonathan Mannion
  • Cover photo: Jonathan Mannion
  • Sample clearance: Deborah Mannis-Gardner


  1. ^ Blanford, Roxanne. "Life Story - Black Rob". AllMusic. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ Farr, Kathryn (April 13, 2000). "Recordings: Black Rob, Life Story, 3.5 stars". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on June 24, 2003. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ Burke, Miguel (June 1999). "Black Rob 'Life Story'". Vibe. Vibe Media. 7 (6): 185. ISSN 1070-4701. Retrieved November 26, 2016.