On his 44th birthday, Jay Z is reflecting on his life's work.
In a post on his "Life and Times" website Wednesday, Jay ranked all of his solo albums and even provided some commentary about each.
Jay put his 1996 debut album Reasonable Doubt at the top of his list, calling it a "classic." The Blueprint, The Black Album and The Life and Times of Shawn Carter Volume Two also earned "classic" status in Jay's eyes, but ranked behind his first project.
As for his latest record, Magna Carta Holy Grail, he placed it in the center of his cannon at number six. Jay's 2006 comeback album Kingdom Come came up last, but Jay points out that it was his "first game back" after a three year hiatus.
Here are Jay Z's rankings with his commentary in parentheses:
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 Holy Grail
7. Vol. 1 (Sunshine kills this album... Streets, Where I’m from, You Must Love Me…)
8. The Blueprint 3 (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. The Blueprint 2 (Too many songs.)
12. Kingdom Come (First game back, don’t shoot me)
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