The Best Jay-Z Albums, Ranked

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Brooklyn’s very own Shawn Corey Carter has built a legendary career on lyrical superiority and a presence that transcends many of his peers. Since staking his claim in the rap game from 1995 to the current day, Jay-Z has taken over my headphones and car speakers thanks to a strong catalog of instantly recognizable tunes. Alongside those smash hit singles are a collection of underrated songs and extra cuts that deserved just as much airplay as the songs that dominated radio play in the past.

I consider myself one of Jay-Z’s loyal Stans and have stood by him through thick and thin. Throughout all the great, good, and mediocre albums he’s delivered, I’ve listened intently and come away with my own personal listing of his entire discography. Feel free to get your pitchforks and torches ready for this one, folks. I want all the smoke!

13. ‘Kingdom Come’

12. ‘The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse’

11. ‘Magna Carta...Holy Grail’

10. ‘Vol. 3…Life and Times of S. Carter’

9. ‘The Blueprint 3’

8. ‘Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life’

7. ‘The Dynasty: Roc La Familia’

6. ‘4:44’

5. ‘In My Lifetime, Vol. 1’

4.’ American Gangster’

3. ‘The Black Album’

2. ‘Reasonable Doubt’

1. ‘The Blueprint’

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