Jay Z ranks his own albums
Some people are their own worst critics, so can the same be said for hip hop artists? Just in time for his recent birthday, Jay Z took the time to reflect on his 12 solo albums and rank them in order of best to worst. So which ones did he think were standouts?
According to Jay, his best album of all time is his debut "Reasonable Doubt." He put "The Blueprint" and "The Black Album" in second and third place, and deemed all three albums classics. Next he named "Vol.2... Hard Knock Life," followed by "American Gangster" and his recent "Magna Carta Holy Grail." He named "In My Lifetime, Vol. 1" as his seventh best album, and then gave "The Blueprint 3" the eighth slot, saying "Sorry critics, it's good." The intro track made Jay choose "The Dynasty: Roc La Familia" for No. 9, followed by "Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter" for No. 10. According to Hov, "The Blueprint 2" had too many songs, which is why he gave it 11th place. So which album did he name last? "Kingdom Come" was at the bottom of the list.
Interestingly, Complex magazine also did a ranking of Jay Z's albums, and the picks were strikingly similar. However, according to the news outlet, "The Blueprint" is Jay's all-time best album, while "Unfinished Business" was his worst.
What do you think is Jay's best work?