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Jay Z Ranks His Own Catalogue From Best To Worst Albums

(AllHipHop News) As Jay Z celebrates his 44th birthday today the Roc Nation boss took the time look back at his entire discography to create a list of his best-to-worst albums. Jigga shared his personal LP countdown on his Life+Times blog.

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Not surprisingly his debut Reasonable Doubt took the top spot with his 2006 comeback album Kingdom Come landing in last. His latest project Magna Carta Holy Grail came in at number 6 right below American Gangster which he labels a 4.5 mic project. According to Jay, he has gifted the music world with four classic LPs.

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Check out Jay Z’s catalogue ranking below.

Jay Z

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)

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  • Nemesis_Enforcer

    Magna Carta & Dynasty were better than American Gangster to me.

    • Casor_G

      Vol.2 should have been #2

      • johnblacksad

        RD & BP can not be moved IMO

    • Ian Grantham


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  • Alain Racine

    Vol 1 should be ranked higher

    • Jared

      As well as vol. 3

  • BibatheDiva


  • Heart of a Slave, Blood of a k

    I would switch 6 & 7

  • Eric Cartman

    Switch 6 and 8 and then move magna to the bottom

    • Jared

      Absolute bottom, lol

  • david3528

    Imagine Kanye’s list? “Number 1 through 1. Genius, Epic, Brilliant, Why won’t Dolce and Gabana take my calls,…”

    Spot on list by Jay BTW.


    reasonable doubt was a lil before my time but the dynasty was my shit, very slept on and underrated album. you had beans,jay,bleek, spittin on jus blaze,yeezy, and Neptune beats awwwwww man!

  • Ike’s Mood

    the first 2 are correct. the rest of the list is waaaaaay off….

  • RapItUp

    Am I the only person who thinks Kingdom Come is a decent cd?? That strip club joint w/ Usher.. The “do you wanna ride” tribute to his cuz.. I suppose out of all his work, sure.. But KC be catching heat!

    • Jared

      Yes. That shit was trash

      • RapItUp

        Lol damn!

    • Celz

      Beach Chair is my shyt..

      • RapItUp

        True dat, solid track.. I understand people’s scrutiny for Kingdom Come, granted the huge body of consistently GOOD albums to drop from this guy.. I don’t think KC fell far from that, but people are only going so hard because they expect so much from him.. So, can’t be mad at that! He raised the bar so high, makes sense

  • Jared

    That dynasty intro was crazy. That beat went hard!!

  • Jared

    Magna Carta needs to be at the absolute bottom.

    • golder1

      Magna Carta is a solid project. It was better than Kingdom Come. Most consistent rapper of our generations

      • Jared

        I would say both albums had one song I fucked with. That’s the Prelude on KC and Oceans on MCHG. Either way they should both be at the bottom of the list with BP2 and BP3 following….I think Nas is more consistent as far as skills and content.

      • pauleyPee

        I’m not here to bash you… But for a Nas fan like me, the knock on Nas was that he WASN’T consistent with his content.

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  • Fava Beans And Chianti

    Overall a great body of work. I still think BP1 might be the greatest hip hop album of all time….IMO

    • pauleyPee

      The timing, relevancy, impact, content, and overall cohesiveness of “The Blueprint” is that of legends. I remember standing in line for the midnight release, being floored by “The Takeover”, and then waking up the next morning to the twin towers being destroyed. People under about 30 have no clue how “The Blueprint” really felt when it dropped.

      • Celz

        We prolly listened to Takeover on repeat for like 3 hours.. And this was in the time frame when before twitter when niccas peoples was gettin popped over beef especially in NY..

    • Ian Grantham

      i agree

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  • Flight_91

    Volume 2 aint A Classic Imo..American Gangster’s better..

    • johnblacksad

      Vol 2, is straight up CLASSIC no lie… every single track is! even Bleek’s intro

      • Flight_91

        Too many “meh” tracks for me to call it a classic..but overall it’s a solid album..and An argument for it being a classic is acceptable..but it’s not A clear cut classic

  • just_some_bastard #ALCOHOLIC

    American gangster and magna Carter are too high.

  • Maybe 4 classics, but RD & AG were the best. Not really all that too me, but no denying the work’s quality & the fact that many feel he’s the best?

    • ZUBU

      RD was the joint, everyone can rank the rest as they see fit

  • Dhz30

    jay got a hell of a catalog

  • Eli Pinilla

    Reasonable doubt, blueprint, and black album are his classics….ag is the honorable mention.

    • Celz

      Real shyt

  • $18916246

    In terms of consistency as it pertains to quality of rhymes and delivery over the last 15 or so years, Jay is unmatched. What other MC in HIP-HOP always works to give you ill word play every time and achieves it. He is the most influential HIP-HOP lyricist of the last 17 or so years. Some of the most referred to nice MC’s of the last 17yrs have mimicked Jay’s flow at some point in their careers. He is the reigning “WHY’D YOU HAVE TO COME TONITE” MC, That you can’t wait to hear from? Who has been in the overkill lane presence wise in HIP-HOP for years now. Most of his still waiting for the money and fame rapping rivals wish Jay would retire. He’s still the most in-rotation MC to this day. Just when the youngin’s ask what’s so special about Jay? Here comes an ill feature or verse or single to bring them up to speed. Hate Jay or love Jay he’s the nicest MC to ever do it in the last 17 or so years. Yes their have been glimpses of real comp lyrically and even professionally in the music business but none have amassed Jay’s body of work music wise or again his consistency. I’m not talking about dudes business sense and his uncanny ability to navigate the music industry and other businesses. That’s whole nother conversation. HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAY-Z….YOU’VE EARNED YOUR WAY AROUND HERE AND HAVE BEEN AN INSPIRATION, NOT PERFECT, BUT AN INSPIRATION NONE THE LESS!

    • johnblacksad

      Cake, cake-cake cake-cake!

  • Pierre Elliott



    • pauleyPee

      Jay-Z non-listeners always come with the radio critique……………………. Look, you can’t penalize a man for doing good at radio. For instance, 2Pac and B.I.G. did murder at radio, but nobody is going to question the depth of their deep album/non-radio recordings. Jay-Z’s music has been in that vein as well. If you were a true fan of hip-hop, you would have listened long enough to ascertain that.

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    • Celz

      Listen to Meet The Parents and then find a song that can match that realness.. Only about 20-30 niccas in HISTORY can claim to have a song that real. And out of them NONE have as many albums as Jay. Common and Nas are the truth and if you like them better I can’t hate.. But just cuz Jay did a R Kelly album you can’t pretend Lost Ones, Song Cry, and classic after classic song never existed..

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  • hpbudda

    try yo kill me but Ag is better than bp….& it got the first jay & has track

  • hpbudda

    try to*

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  • AlphaICaesar

    Dynasty underated. Minus them Rick Rock joints that shit go in.

    • pauleyPee

      That Rick Rock joint was a hit, though. Killed at radio, if you remember correctly.

  • Keem

    American Gangster is by far the worse

    • johnblacksad

      ha ha… the joke is on you bro!

    • Ian Grantham

      i agree

    • Celz

      Album is damn near a classic.. Your sleepin.. Magna Carta and Watch the Throne are worse than Kingdom Come if you ask me..

    • RapItUp

      He trolls.. he SCORES!!!

  • pauleyPee

    I got Blueprint III and Vol. 3 as #5 and #6.

  • pauleyPee

    Look… There is no way “Reasonable Doubt” & “The Blueprint” aren’t #1 and #2. If you’re putting something else in the top 2, you’re really affecting your credibility because doing that would prove that you obviously lack a certain basic awareness of reality.

  • johnblacksad

    1 – Reasonable Doubt
    2 – The Blueprint
    3 – The Black Album
    4 – Vol.2, Hard Knock Life
    5 – In My Lifetime, Vol.1
    6 – Magna Carta Holy Grail
    7 – American Gangster
    8 – The Dynasty : Roc La Familia
    9 – The Blueprint² : The Gift & The Curse
    10 – The Blueprint 3
    11 – Vol.3, Life and Times of S.Carter
    12 – Kingdom Come

    “Your last sh!t ain’t better than my first sh!t
    Your best sh!t ain’t better than my worst sh!t”
    – Jay Z

    • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      u not from NYC so you don’t matter in Hip Hop! QUEENS!

      • johnblacksad

        “some of these n!ggaz is b!tches too”

      • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Pac was a weak ass nicca that Nas would murk on the mic! QUEENS!

      • johnblacksad

        Where do you think Nas got the inspiration to get a tattoo across his belly? no ocean

      • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        why would u notice that? Im straight and I don’t know nothing about no nicca Body. NO RIP PAC! QUEENS!

      • johnblacksad

        “NO RIP PAC” …lol… once in a very while, you are funny (not necessarily in a good way tho)

        No homo on this side… I just heard Nas say “God’s son across the belly, I prove you lost already” …ha ha, nice try tho!

        Stop lyin… you straight homo!

      • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        u explaining too much and for that I cant take u telling the truth, FRANKY!

      • johnblacksad

        Yeah, nice try!

        You couldn’t tell the truth if it was right under,
        your nose, I hate a mothafuckin poser…

        RIP Keith G.U.R.U. Elam!

      • globalhustle

        both yall sound like pu55ies

      • johnblacksad

        motherfcuker, only puzzy I see around is your daddy’s!

        get lost negro!

      • RapItUp

        Inmado do be hella funny sometimes though.. lol

  • i’mreloaded!

    After Jay released Blueprint, the rest of his albums just had a few songs I could listen to. But Reasonable Doubt all the way up to Blueprint are classics to me.

  • Ian Grantham

    dear summer murked half these niggas whole catalogue.. ijs…

  • Phatt Killah

    The Black Album..CLASSIC! the others…OK.. Reasonable Doubt was the most original though

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      • Phatt Killah

        Yeah it was ok. the only song that i could get with was the joints with all the horns. Not really a fan either but the dude is smart

    • killa

      yea he had three classics The Black, Reasonable Doubt, and The blueprint the blueprint was his best album by far all the rest just average shit

  • Obi Won

    Not a Jay Z fan but I do got 1, 2, & 4

  • johnblacksad

    “…don’t try to act like my track-record ain’t known,
    you probably gotta couple CD’s in your home…”

  • Philldafunk

    Don’t sleep on Vol. 1

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  • neosoul

    I agree….American Gangsta was soooo cohesive. If Jay-Z isn’t in your top five….smh