Hov gives a candid breakdown of his iconic catalog.
According to the post on his Life & Times blog, Jay considers four out of his 12 albums classic works. He ranks his 1996 debut Reasonable Doubt as No. 1 all time, followed by The Blueprint, the Black Album and Vol 2…Hard Knock Life.
For albums five through 10 he even offered some frank self-analysis. After naming American Gangster and this year's Magna Carta Holy Grail as his fifth and sixth best respectively, he expressed some regret about the seventh ranked, In My Lifetime, Vol 1. Speaking of the much-maligned lead single from the album, "Sunshine," Jay wrote, "Sunshine kills this album…f--," but he did give a positive nod to other songs on the project including "Streets is Watching," "Where I’m From" and "You Must Love Me."
While The Blueprint 3 was ranked eighth ("Sorry critics, it’s good…"), The Dynasty: Roc La Familia was ninth and Vol 3…Life and Times of S. Carter was 10th. For his two least favorite albums Hov poked fun at the common criticism both projects received. "Too many songs. F---- Guru and Hip Hop, ha," he said of the double album The Blueprint 2. As for the 12th-ranked Kingdom Come, "First game back, don’t shoot me."
How does Jay's list match with your personal ranking of his albums?
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