As part of his 44th birthday celebration Wednesday (December 4) Jay-Z has ranked all his twelve albums from best to worst.
Hov posted a picture of all his projects, in cassette form, stacked on top of each other on his lifeandtimes website. He had them in order from best to worst. "Reasonable Doubt" was on top and "Kingdom Come" was on the bottom.
Jay-Z also provided a brief take on each album.
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)
Reasonable Doubt and The Blueprint are both widely regarded as Hov's best releases.
In his analysis, Jay reiterates his criticism of In My Lifetime Vol 1. In a 1998 interview, Hov revealed he didn't really enjoy recording the project. "The album to me — this album wasn't fun to me like Reasonable Doubt, because it was like, it seemed really slow to me, and I didn't set out to do that, just looking back now and listening to it now."
Vol 2, which the Brooklyn emcee ranks as his fourth best album, was his breakthrough album selling 4 million units and making Jay-Z a household name, HipHopDX reports.
Hov ranks The Blueprint 2 at #11 noting the project had too many songs. It was a double album.
He ranks his Vol 3 album at #10 and makes a special mention of UGK rapper Pimp C referring to his verse on "Big Pimpin." Pimp C died on December 4, 2007.
On Wednesday, Hov released "Tom Ford (remix)" which features Pimp C.
Happy Birthday, Hov. Rest In Peace, Pimp C.