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The debate has been in the arena before. All hip hop heads have compared rappers, their albums, and their net worth. We all have our own opinions as to what rappers are the best and which of those rapper’s albums make the cut in your book. But what happens when one person can change your whole perception on what you thought you believed? That one person could very well be the man or woman in which you are comparing or analyzing.
In this case, that man is Jay Z. On his 44th birthday, Jay Z’s own opinion hit his website in the form of a single image of stacked cassette tapes and CD’s with a little caption as to what he thought about each project.
This wasn’t just a blurb about what he thought of each project.
Rather it was a ranking of where each of his own albums belongs to in terms of the level of his career.
Jay Z posted the below pic along with his own take on each project; read below:
“1. Reasonable Doubt (Classic)
2. The Blueprint (Classic)
3. The Black Album (Classic)
4. Vol. 2 (Classic)
5. American Gangster (4 1/2, cohesive)
6. Magna Carta (Fuckwit, Tom Ford, Oceans, Beach, On the Run, Grail)
7. Vol. 1 (Sunshine kills this album…fuck… Streets, Where I’m from, You Must Love Me…)
8. BP3 (Sorry critics, it’s good. Empire (Gave Frank a run for his money))
9. Dynasty (Intro alone…)
10. Vol. 3 (Pimp C verse alone… oh, So Ghetto)
11. BP2 (Too many songs. Fucking Guru and Hip Hop, ha)
12. Kingdom Come (First game back, don’t shoot me)”
Now that this is out in the open air, could we open it up for debate?
Reasonable Doubt is reasonably one of the greatest rap albums of all time given that this is Jay Z at his hungriest and with little to no degree of separation from his past. His worst ranked album, Kingdom Come, may have struck a similar nerve in his fans.
Personally, I think the albums are pretty in line with my own initial ranking. But the meaning of Jay Z ranking them himself gives us insight into how he felt about his own music at the time it was created.
What do you think? Post your personal rankings of Jay Z’s best in our comments!