How Would You Rank Jay Z’s Albums? Hov Weighs in on His Own Catalog.

Jay Z celebrated his birthday in style. The 44 year-old blogged on his Life + Times his favorite albums from his own personal catalog. The first three may not come as a surprise, given Jay’s tackling the question in interviews for some time now. However, Jay’s admission of the miss that was 2006’s Kingdom Come are interesting for a couple of a reasons:

1. Jay Z isn’t big on admitting mistakes.
2. It aligns with a popular critic/barbershop conversation.

Clearly, from the way he describes “Big Pimpin'” with a smile, you can get the sense that Jay is proud of all of his babies, but you, the Head, how do you feel about the ranking here?

Do you agree that the just-released Magna Carta Holy Grail is superior to Vol. 1: In My Lifetime, Dynasty, and Vol. 3: Life & Times Of Shawn Carter. Tweets is talkin’/watchin’ already.


His words, not ours:

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)

Leave it to birthday-boy Jiggaman to shakedown the game on a slow Wednesday in Hip-Hop…

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