Top 10 Best Jay-Z Albums

The Top Ten
1 Reasonable Doubt

Classic like no other. Jay-Z's lyrics are on key, and with the production from some of the best New York had to offer, Reasonable Doubt is one of the greatest records to ever exist.

1. Reasonable Doubt
2. In My Lifetime, Volume 1
3. The Black Album
4. The Blueprint
5. Hard Knock Life, Volume 2
Also, Watch the Throne is absolute garbage.

One of my personal favorite albums in any genre. Probably the best rap album since 1996.

2 The Blueprint

Reasonable Doubt is definitely a contender, but The Blueprint marked an era when Jay-Z was THE best rapper. It both demonstrates lyrical skill and great beats that revolutionized hip-hop. It is my favorite Jay-Z album.

Classic album. Definitely his best work, in my opinion. The beats are outstanding, and his lyrics are worth listening to.

Reasonable Doubt is the best, but this should be higher than The Black Album.

3 The Black Album

Jay-Z dropped The Black Album and backed out as the best rapper alive! Every single song is a brilliant piece of work. Heck, even the PSA (interlude) is a masterpiece. He's truly a modern-day Pablo! Jay-Hova! Roc Nation!

Perfect album. Perfect mix of club hits and bars.

This album proved that Jay-Z is the best rapper alive. I mean:
December 4
99 Problems
Dirt Off Your Shoulder
Public Service Announcement

4 Volume 2... Hard Knock Life

This is where Jay-Z smashes sales and breaks into the mainstream.

5 Watch the Throne

No way Magna Carta is better than this. Don't vote unless you know enough about hip-hop.

The production is mind-blowing on this one.

6 American Gangster

Underrated. In my top three Jay-Z albums. Jay-Z knows how to make his radio-friendly albums, and he also knows how to make his deep storytelling albums.

7 The Blueprint 3

A perfect album for its time. It's a lighthearted, mainstream, radio-friendly album that also has songs with bars on it too. Empire State of Mind is one of his best songs.

8 4:44

It's not as good as some of his older stuff, but songs like The Story of O.J., Kill Jay-Z, and 4:44 are on par with Empire State of Mind, 99 Problems, and N***** in Paris. I like 4:44 and think it deserved all the Grammys it got this year.

9 The Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse
10 In My Lifetime, Volume 1
The Contenders
11 Volume 3... Life and Times of S. Carter

Magna Carta and Blueprint 3 are better than this?
No way. Get your facts straight before you vote.

Volume 3 has to make this list. Big Pimpin'.

12 Kingdom Come

Not as bad as people say. Jay-Z's worst is still better than many rappers' best.

13 The Dynasty: Roc La Familia

Easily one of his best albums. Real Jay-Z fans know this!

14 Magna Carta Holy Grail

Love that title track, but the rest of the album, not so much.

It's a pretty good banger album.

15 Collision Course

Okay, Jay-Z just totally used Linkin Park for their music, but it's a dope collab nonetheless.

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